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Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination (1 º Sem 2016/2017)

Code: 01687
Acronym: 01687
Level: 2nd Cycle
Basic: No
Teaching Language(s): English
Friendly languages:
Be English-friendly or any other language-friendly means that UC is taught in a language but can either of the following conditions:
1. There are support materials in English / other language;
2. There are exercises, tests and exams in English / other language;
3. There is a possibility to present written or oral work in English / other language.
1 6.0 0.0 h/sem 24.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 1.0 h/sem 25.0 h/sem 125.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 150.0 h/sem
Since year 2012/2013
Pre-requisites Not applicable.
Objectives Objectives
- To understand the dynamics and the mental representations that outline and characterize the formation of stereotypes, the birth of prejudice and discriminatory behaviors towards those who are perceived as "different from us/me";
- To analyze critically the connections between stereotype, prejudice, and discrimination;
- To acquire different techniques to reduce stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination;
- To implement strategies to reduce stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination.

- To define and explain how stereotype, prejudice, and discrimination work;
- To analyze critically the connections between stereotype, prejudice, and discrimination;
- To propose and communicate techniques that decrease stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination;
- To use and implement strategies to reduce stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination.

Program This course focuses on stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination as pervasive aspects of our social world. The course will be divided in three main parts. First, an overview of the main research on stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination will be offered. We will focus on how people?s group membership and the social context affect their attitudes, beliefs, and behavior towards people perceived as different. The second part will take into account the perspective of the targets of prejudice to deal with the consequences of being a member of a disadvantaged group. Ethnicity, gender, and age, will be examples to show how stereotypes and prejudice has consequences for school-performance, social interaction, well-being, professional aspirations, etc. The third part will focus on possible interventions that can reduce stereotyping and prejudice. Several techniques to reduce prejudice will be introduced, from cognitive strategies of weakening stereotypes to direct intergroup contact.
Evaluation Method Evaluation will be two-fold. In a test the most fundamental knowledge will be checked in standardized form (60% of the final classification). Moreover, each student will be asked to write a short essay of maximal 1000 words in which he/she demonstrates the ability to apply the learned concepts and approaches to a real-life case of intercultural relations (40% of the final classification). Attendance of a minimum of 80% of classes is required.
Teaching Method The course is organized in theoretical/practical lessons. In the theoretical part the topics related to stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination will be introduced in their general aspects. In the practical part, the topics will be deepened through the analysis of relevant research papers and daily life experiences (tv news, movies, etc). Moreover, students will be encouraged to present and discuss in a critical manner articles deemed fundamental in the area of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination.
Basic Bibliographic 1) Stangor, C. (2000) (Ed.). Stereotypes and prejudice: Essential readings. Philadelphia: Psychology Press.
2) Nelson, T. D. (2006) (Ed.). The psychology of prejudice. Boston: Pearson.
3) Swim, J. K. & Stangor, C. (1998) (Eds.). Prejudice: The target's perspective. San Diego: Academic Press.
Complementar Bibliographic