This course will provide an overview of different behavioral and/or psychological approaches to the study of war, conflict and political violence. Subjects covered will include: cognition, emotions, identity, stress, trauma, morals and values, the role of personality, motivated reasoning, group processes and more. The class will also include a strong research design component, reviewing different potential designs that could be used to study psychological questions about poltiical conflict. Students will be required to develop and revise a research proposal over the course of the semester. No prior knowledge of political psychology is required or assumed.