This advanced seminar will cover at least three major debates in the interdisciplinary field of political psycholgy. Key topics will include the controversy: (a) over unconscious biases (how potent
are they? what does it take to check them?); (b) over the limits of expert judgment (how far into the future can experts see? what distinguishes more from less accurate expert judgment?);
(c) over the alleged politicization of empirical and theoretical work in this discipline (how undisciplined has it become? what role do political assumptions play in key lines of
ostensibly value-neutral psychological work, and what role do psychological assumptions play in various forms of political advocacy?).