PSY 420 Psychology of Fear

This course will examine the mechanisms that instill fear in both individuals and groups, both socio- political and biological with special emphasis on the behavioral results of extended periods of fear. It will examine classic case studies of fear used by criminals, military organizations, and oppressive governments; how these different groups used fear to achieve their aims, and finally examine the various measures that can be used to dispel fear or at least help societies and individuals cope with fear.

Prerequisite (or equivalent):

This course is offered in the following degree programs:

The course learning outcomes that you will demonstrate upon completion of this course are as follows:

Research and explain the psychological and physiological components of fear

Describe the use of fear by criminal elements

Explain how fear is used for political control and analyze the use of fear as a military tool

Explain fear as a fulcrum for terrorist operations

Communicate different strategies for countering fear and state their pros and cons

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