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PSY 1001   Psychology of Evil   Credits: 3

In this course, students will systematically examine how society defines evil and the many different pathways to evil. Students will critically examine the study of evil from psychological, social and biological perspectives. This course will address compelling questions that examine and explain the motives, rationales and environmental influences that cause people to abuse power and to act in destructive and horrific ways. Topics discussed in this course will include cults, terrorism, genocide, psychopaths, and corporate evil, to name only a few. Through analysis of case studies and historical events, students will reflect on how society and individuals can play an active role in reducing hostility and building more compassionate communities.

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