Social Psychology of Intergroup Relations
- Department: Liberal Arts
- Area: Psychology and Sociology
- Credit Hours: 3, Contact Hours: 45
- Course Number (SRISA): PSYC 3801
- Course Number (Maryville University): PSYC 3801
- Prerequisite: None, though Introduction to Social Psychology or an introductory social science or psychology course is recommended.
This seminar will provide an intellectual forum for examining the nature of relations between human groups and the psychological mechanisms that drive them. Major topics of investigation include intergroup conflict, war, genocide, stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, and social harmony. We will examine cultural influences on collective behavior and incorporate lenses of gender, race, ethnicity, social class, religion, and intersectionality in our analysis. We also will analyze how historical and institutional contexts have shaped modern culture in Italy and the structure, dynamics, and consequences for identity and intergroup relations in European societies.