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
    • Choose one of the dictators listed below
    • Search the internet for analyses that attempt to explain the dictator’s behavior in terms of his childhood and/or adolescent experiences.
    • 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.
      • Multimedia elements
        • 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 Do not quote or copy information from your sources.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.


Joseph Stalin

Benito Mussolini

Mao Tse tung

Pol pot

Idi Amin

Mengistu Haile Mariam

Kim 11Sung

Augusto Pinochet

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

Theories15 points

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