Center for Global Affairs
Public Opinion & Political Psychology in Global Affairs
In democracies all around the world, members of the public play a key role in deciding which officials and parties get elected, which issues get debated, which policies become law, and even the extent to which movements and extremist groups achieve political power. A deeper understanding of global affairs, therefore, requires that we understand why citizens around the world believe what they do. In this course, we will examine the factors shaping the global public¿s beliefs, values, and behavior on a range of major topics in global affairs, including environmental policy, gender attitudes, voting and democracy, immigration, terrorism, human rights, economics, and war.