PSY 4515: Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination


This course covers selected theories and concepts in the area of prejudice and discrimination. The topics covered will include the following: 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. Discuss prejudice and discrimination from a historical-cultural perspective.
  2. Summarize fundamental concepts in the psychology of prejudice and discrimination.
  3. Synthesize the component parts of prejudice and demonstrate how each component is interdependent.
  4. Develop and refine critical thinking skills including skeptical inquiry.
  5. Apply psychological principles to personal and social issues surrounding prejudice and discrimination.
  6. Evaluate one’s own as well as others’ prejudices, mental processes, and behaviors, and apply effective strategies for improvement.
  7. Classify the many different forms in which prejudice and discrimination can become manifest (i.e., each of the types of isms).
  8. Construct connections between real-life examples of discrimination and the psychological phenomenon from which they arise.


  1. PSY 1010


Understanding the psychology of diversity (Rev: 2nd ed.)

Publisher: SAGE (2013)
Author: Blaine, B .E.
ISBN: 9781452203331
Price: $66.56

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