Seminar in Intergroup Peace and Conflict|
This seminar is an in-depth analysis of key psychological readings on the topic of intergroup peace and conflict. Topics covered include key psychological theories in intergroup relations used to articulate the reasons and sources for intergroup conflict (i.e., Social Identity Theory, Realistic Group Conflict Theory), topics covering how intergroup conflict is perpetuated (i.e., revenge, collective memory and collective victimization), strategies to reduce conflict and promote peace (i.e., contact theory, norm interventions, intergroup dialogues, protest), and behaviors that ideally progress beyond conflict (i.e., apologies, forgiveness, reconciliation, reparation). Additionally, the course examines philosophies of peace. Students in the course will not only discuss psychological strategies that are used to move toward peace, but critically consider/reconsider what a peaceful society means and what one would actually look like. Through reading and discussion of theoretical and experimental research articles, we will not only evaluate the methods scholars use to study these real-world issues, but also critically analyze and deconstruct the theoretical underpinnings influencing how psychologists approach and evaluate intergroup conflict and peaceful societies.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: PSYC105 AND (PSYC200 OR PSYC201 OR QAC201 OR ECON300 OR MATH132) AND (PSYC260 OR PSYC261 OR PSYC265 OR PSYC266 OR PSYC267 OR PSYC269 OR PSYC277)
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PSYC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Sample Readings and Topics:
Influential Psychological Theories:
Ellemers, N., & Haslam, S. A. (2011). Social identity theory. Handbook of theories of social psychology, 2(2011), 379-98.
McKenzie, J., & Gabriel, T. (2017). Applications and extensions of realistic conflict theory: moral development and conflict prevention. In Norms, Groups, Conflict, and Social Change (pp. 307-324). Routledge.
Stangor, C. (2009). The study of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination within social psychology: A quick history of theory and research. In T. D. Nelson (Eds.), Handbook of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination. (pp. 1 ¿ 22). New York: Psychology Press.
Foundations and Sources of Conflict
Haslam, N. (2006). Dehumanization: An integrative review. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 10, 252-264.
Over, H. (2021). Falsifying the dehumanization hypothesis. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 16(1), 33-38.
Cohrs, J. C., Maes, J., Kielmann, S., & Moschner, B. (2007). Determinants of human rights attitudes and behavior: A comparison and integration of psychological perspectives. Political Psychology, 28, 441-469.
Noor, M., Vollhardt, J. R., Mari, S., & Nadler, A. (2017). The social psychology of collective victimhood. European Journal of Social Psychology, 47(2), 121-134.
Nicholson, C. (2017). The role of collective memory in protracted conflict. Culture & Psychology, 23(2), 217-233.
Lickel, B. (2012). Retribution and revenge. In L. Tropp (Ed.), Oxford handbook of intergroup conflict (pp. 89¿105). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Pettigrew, T. F., Tropp, L. R., Wagner, U., & Christ, O. (2011). Recent advances in intergroup contact theory. International journal of intercultural relations, 35(3), 271-280.
Van Stekelenburg, J., & Klandermans, B. (2013). The social psychology of protest. Current Sociology, 61(5-6), 886-905.
Prentice, D., & Paluck, E. L. (2020). Engineering social change using social norms: Lessons from the study of collective action. Current Opinion in Psychology.
Moving to Peaceful Society:
Paluck, E. L., Porat, R., Clark, C. S., & Green, D. P. (2021). Prejudice reduction: Progress and challenges. Annual review of psychology, 72, 533-560.
Wohl, M. J. A., Hornsey, M. J., & Philpot, C. R. (2011). A critical review of public apologies: Aims, pitfalls, and a staircase model of effectiveness. Social Issues and Policy Review, 5, 70¿100.
Van Tongeren, D. R., Burnette, J. L., O¿Boyle, E., Worthington, E. L., & Forsyth, D. (2014). A meta-analysis of intergroup forgiveness. Journal of Positive Psychology, 9, 81¿95.
Critical Reflections on Peaceful Society:
Peni¿, S., Vollhardt, J. R., & Reicher, S. (2021). Reconciliation Versus Justice? It Depends on the Context: The Role of Symmetric and Asymmetric Violence in Predicting Postconflict Attitudes. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 12(2), 202-212.
Christie, D. J., & Montiel, C. J. (2013). Contributions of psychology to war and peace. American Psychologist, 68(7), 502.
Azarmandi, M. (2018). The racial silence within peace studies. Peace Review, 30(1), 69-77.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly Reading Responses, Class Presentations, Final Paper
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
A column 3 course is required in addition to P105 and a stats course.
|Instructor(s): Perez,Michael James Times: .M.W... 10:50AM-12:10PM; Location: ALLB304; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 6||JR major: 9|| || |
|Seats Available: -1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: X|
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