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)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
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.
|Instructor(s): Wilkins,Clara L. Times: ..T.R.. 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK101; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 15
|Permission of instructor approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration through the Electronic Portfolio. Click "Add to My Courses" and "To request a POI electronically, click here" to submit your request.|