Politics of Good and Evil Engaged Living Furman UniversityExamine what political psychologists have learned about good and evil and how it is manifested in the political world over time. Consider the important ethical question, "How should I live?" while examining your own personal life choices and experiences.

Witness the "real world" impact of good and evil and engage history beyond the classroom. Take a trip to visit one of the United States Holocaust Museum's traveling exhibits or witness the important impact of activism through organizations like the End Genocide Action Summit. Visit the nearby Upstate History Museum or the American Legion War Museum to see how national and international events had a historical impact locally.


Fall: FYW 1168: The First World War (which fulfills the first-year writing intensive seminar graduation requirement) explores 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.

Spring: FYS 1131: The Politics of Good and Evil (which fulfills the first-year seminar graduation requirement) discusses the ethical/moral requirements for human behavior. Study psychological, social, and political underpinnings of terrorism, genocide, torture, and mass killings. Investigate how emotions and the perceptions of threat ultimately lead to a willingness to violate individuals' basic rights and civil liberties. Discover the factors that contribute to heroic and altruistic behavior.

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