Psychobiogarphy Presentation Power Point
• Students will research and write about the childhood and adolescent experiences of a dictator who murdered tens of thousands to millions of people in his own and/or other countries.
• Students will also research theories proposed by psychologists and other behavioral scientists who argue that the dictator’s childhood and adolescent experiences contributed to his crimes against humanity.
• Assignment Steps
o Choose one of the dictators listed below
o Search the internet for biographical information about the dictator
o Search the internet for analyses that attempt to explain the dictator’s behavior in terms of his childhood and/or adolescent experiences.
o Create a PowerPoint presentation that includes the following:
Brief description of dictator
Over what country did he rule?
When was he in power?
How did he gain power?
What were his crimes?
How many deaths is he responsible for?
Is he known for killing people in cruel and gruesome ways?
Did he target members of any particular ethnic, religious, or cultural groups?
The major milestones of the dictator’s childhood and teen years
Significant deviations from a typical childhood or adolescence in his culture
Examples: loss of a parent at an early age, abuse by a parent, school failure
Summaries of theories proposed to explain the dictator’s crimes against humanity that are based on his childhood and/or adolescent experiences.
At least one image on each slide that is either an image of the dictator, his victims, his admirers, his accomplices, or a researcher who has written about him.
At least one link to a video about the dictator and his crimes.
Links to sources: provide links to all resources used in the assignment
• Use only your own words. Do not quote or copy information from your sources.
• Save your PowerPoint file as a PDF before you submit it.
Mao Tse tung
Mengistu Haile Mariam
Which country? 15 points
When in power? 15 points
How power gained? 15 points
Crimes? 15 points
How many deaths? 15 points
Known for cruel, gruesome killings? 15 points
Which groups? 15 points
Developmental milestone? 15 points
Deviations? 15 points