AAS 375 / PSY 375
Social Stigma: On Being a Target of Prejudice
Individuals subject to social stigma possess, or are believed to possess, an attribute that marks them as members of a group that is devalued within a particular social context. In this course we will attempt to understand the psychological impact of being stigmatized by reading and discussing social psychological research and theories that illustrate central ideas and debates on this topic. Specifically, we will examine how social stigma affect academic performance, health, interpersonal interactions and self-understanding, as well as how people cope with stigma.
AAS 384 / PSY 384
Prejudice: Its Causes, Consequences & Cures
Prejudice is one of the most contentious topics in modern American society. There is debate regarding its causes, pervasiveness, and impact. The goal of this course is to familiarize students with the psychological research relevant to these questions. We will review theoretical perspectives on prejudice to develop an understanding of its cognitive, affective, and motivational underpinnings. We will also discuss how these psychological biases relate to evaluations of, and behavior toward, members of targeted groups. In addition, research-based strategies for reducing prejudice will be discussed.