PSY 4515


(Prerequisite: PSY 1010 General Psychology, or equivalent)

This course covers selected theories and concepts in the area of prejudice and discrimination. The topics covered will include: history of prejudice and discrimination, categorization and stereotyping, old-fashioned and modern forms of prejudice, predictors and correlates of prejudice, development of prejudice, and techniques to reduce prejudice. Classic studies on these topics will be discussed.


  1. Learn and demonstrate mastery over the fundamental concepts in the psychology of prejudice and discrimination.
  2. Be able to synthesize the component parts of prejudice and demonstrate how each component is interdependent.
  3. Develop and refine those critical thinking skills – including the tools of skeptical inquiry and creative thinking – that are necessary to learn how to think like a psychologist.
  4. Understand and be able to apply psychological principles to personal and social issues surrounding prejudice and discrimination (personal development). Furthermore, to develop insight into one’s own as well as others’ prejudices, mental processes, and behaviors, and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
  5. Understand the many different forms in which prejudice and discrimination can become manifest (i.e., each of the types of “isms”). Furthermore, to be able to both dissect and understand the individual component parts of the psychological bases as well as to be able to draw relationships between the component parts to realize an understanding of the big picture of each of the unique prejudices.
  6. Be able to draw connections between real-life example of discrimination and the psychological phenomenon from which they arise.





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