The Politics of Good and Evil will offer you the opportunity to examine what political psychologists have learned about good and evil and how it is manifested in the political world over time. Why is it that some people are willing to risk their lives to help others while others commit terrible and horrific acts? You will consider the important ethical question, "How should I live?" while examining your own personal life choices and experiences as you seek to answer that question for yourself.

The Politics of Good and Evil is a year-long academic program that will provide you with the opportunity to fulfill two graduation requirements:

  • During the Fall 2014 semester, you will take FYW 1168: The First World War (which fulfills the first-year writing intensive seminar graduation requirement). You will explore the "First Great War," as well as how the underlying imperialism and political entanglements led to the start of the war. You will understand¬†how war itself impacted society and culture in Europe, the United States and the rest of the world.¬†
  • During the Spring 2015 semester, you will take FYS 1131: The Politics of Good and Evil (which fulfills the first-year seminar graduation requirement) and will be oriented to the discussion of the ethical/moral requirements for human behavior. You will be exposed to the psychological, social, and political uderpinnings of terrorism, genocide, torture, and mass killings. You will also investigate how emotions and the perceptions of threat ultimately lead to a willingness to violate individuals' basic rights and civil liberties while discovering the factors that contribute to heroic and altruistic behavior.

Engaging Politics Beyond the Classroom

The Politics of Good and Evil will offer you with the opportunity to witness the "real world" impact of good and evil. You may take a trip to visit one of the United States Holocaust Museum's traveling exhibits or witness the important impact of activism through your exposure to such organizations as the End Genocide Action Summit. Visit the nearby Upstate History Museum or the American Legion War Museum in downtown Greenville to see how national and international events had an impact locally.

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