Teaching

PS223: Social Identities

Syllabus

 

Social identities are fundamental to how people understand themselves and how they relate to others. Examples of social identities include (but are not limited to) gender, social class, race, and religion. In this class, we will examine the psychology behind how social identities are developed, how they shape people's judgments of themselves and others, and what they mean to different people. Students will engage with published research, media (op-eds, videos), and fellow classmates to understand this diverse world. 

PS332 & PS333: Seminar & Collaborative Research in Diversity Science

Syllabus

This seminar draws on social psychological theories and methods to examine the science behind our diverse social experiences, particularly when individuals of different social groups (such as gender, race, and nationality) interact with one another. We will focus on prejudice and its origins, maintenance, consequences, and interventions. We will examine the perpetuation of prejudice as well as the experience of being the target of prejudice. Students will learn how to critically discuss, defend, and dissect published research, current social events, and their own research data. 

PS352: Seminar in Psychology of Prejudice

Syllabus TBA

Despite increasing efforts to eradicate prejudice in our society, we have yet to achieve equality in the treatment and opportunities for many social groups across race, gender, sexual identity, socioeconomic status, and other features. From a social psychological perspective, we will examine the causes and consequences of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination in their many forms. Both individual and group-level processes impact judgments, performance, and attributing blame to people who hold prejudiced beliefs or people who are targets of prejudice. We will study empirical research and theory to better understand the ways in which stereotypes can be automatic, maintained, and reduced.