PSYC 341
Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination Spring 2020
Division II
Cross-listed WGSS 339 / PSYC 341

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This course will examine social psychological theories and research that are relevant to the understanding of stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. We will take a variety of social psychological perspectives, emphasizing sociocultural, cognitive, personality, or motivational explanations. We will examine the impact that stereotypes and prejudice have on people’s perceptions of and behaviors toward particular groups or group members and will explore a variety of factors that tend to exacerbate or weaken this impact. We also will consider some of the sources of stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination and some of the processes through which they are maintained, strengthened, or revised. In addition, we will examine some of the effects that stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination can have on members of stereotyped groups, as well as some implications of the social psychological research findings for issues such as education and business and government policies. A major component of this course will be the examination of classic and ongoing empirical research.
The Class: Type: empirical lab course
Limit: 16
Expected: 16
Class#: 3922
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly brief papers, oral reports, two longer papers
Prerequisites: PSYC 201 and 242
Enrollment Preferences: senior, then junior Psychology majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGSS 339 Division II PSYC 341 Division II
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
ASAM Related Courses
PSYC Area 4 - Social Psychology
PSYC Empirical Lab Course
TEAC Related Courses

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