Prejudice is everywhere. This class is intended to help you understand why. Readings and discussion will seek to illuminate the roots of prejudice, its many forms, and how it may be reduced. We will investigate how scientists measure undesirable and even unacknowledged attitudes, and consider the effects of people being unaware of their own biases, both psychologically and societally. Overall, we will use scientific evidence to inform our understanding of social identities, their complexities, and their consequences, and students will design and conduct empirical research projects based on the course material.
Format: seminar/laboratory; This is a hybrid course for both remote and in-person students. We will meet on campus twice a week for seminar-style discussions, with a synchronous video link provided for those who are not physically present. Weekly lab sessions will primarily be conducted remotely, with students completing projects over the course of the semester in groups of 3 or 4. This structure is subject to change, however, in consultation with the whole class about their experience.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
participation in class discussions, oral reports, several brief (1-2 page) writing assignments, and participation in the empirical project including a final written report
PSYC 201 and PSYC 242 or permission of instructor
senior, then junior Psychology majors
Difference, Power, and Equity
This course introduces students to the phenomenon of prejudice, including racism, sexism, and other forms. It will explore the psychological origins of prejudice and students will discuss and develop empirically-supported strategies for reducing prejudice.
PSYC Area 4 - Social Psychology
PSYC Empirical Lab Course