Fall 2018 not offered
This seminar aims to introduce students to theoretical and empirical social psychological research on prejudice and social stigma. The topics covered will include examinations of why individuals stigmatize: exploring cognitive, evolutionary, self, and system justification explanations. The course will examine the effects of stigmatization for low-status groups (stereotype threat, dis-identification, compensation, and health outcomes). We will explore the role of stigma in intergroup interactions. Finally, we will explore perceptions of bias from the perspective of high-status groups (e.g., perceptions of antiwhite prejudice).
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: PSYC105 AND PSYC260
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PSYC)
Readings will consist of research articles e.g.:
Fein, S. & Spencer, S. J. (1997). PREJUDICE AS SELF-ESTEEM MAINTENANCE: AFFIRMING THE SELF THROUGH DEROGATING OTHERS. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73, 31-44.
Steele, C. & Aronson, J. (1995). STEREOTYPE THREAT AND THE INTELLECTUAL TEST PERFORMANCE OF AFRICAN AMERICANS. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 69, 797-811.
Cole, S. W. Kemeny, M.E. & Taylor, S. E. (1997). SOCIAL IDENTITY AND PHYSICAL HEALTH: ACCELERATED HIV PROGRESSION IN REJECTION-SENSITIVE GAY MEN. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 72, 320-335.
Adams, G., Tormala, T. T., & O'Brien, L. T. (2006). THE EFFECT OF SELF-AFFIRMATION ON PERCEPTIONS OF RACISM. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 616-626.
Shelton, J. N., Richeson, J. A., Salvatore, J., Tralwalter, S. (2005). IRONIC EFFECTS OF RACIAL BIAS DURING INTERRACIAL INTERACTIONS. Psychological Science, 31, 1189-1202.
Major, B., Gramzow, R., McCoy, S., Levin, S., Schmader, T., & Sidanius, J. (2002). ATTRIBUTIONS TO DISCRIMINATION: THE ROLE OF GROUP STATUS AND LEGITIMIZING IDEOLOGY. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 82, 269-282.
Additional reading: TBA
|Examination and Assignments: |
Students will be required to write response papers for the weekly readings. They will lead discussion at least once during the semester. Students will write a final paper/research proposal in which they design a study.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Interested students--In addition to submitting a POI request electronically, please email the instructor with the following: 1) information about why you are interested in the course and 2) indicate how your background and experiences would contribute to the class environment.