Prejudice Fall 2016

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Fall 2016

Pazmany Peter Catholic University

Name of the Instructor: Eva Fulop

Course level: undergraduate

Type of the course: seminar

Department: Social-and Organizational Psychology

Office: 410

Office Hours: Wednesday, Thursday 12-14

Course description: The course focuses on the topic of prejudice. We start with an overview about the concept and theories of stereotype, prejudice, discrimination and the possible reasons of prejudice. Then continue with the discussion about the types of prejudice, the old-fashioned and modern type, mostly regarding to racism and sexism. The course also discussing the societal –historical context and the consequences of prejudice, especially focusing on antisemitism and the Holocaust.

Course objectives:

Required reading:

Recommended reading:

Weekly Topics:

Week 1: Introduction to intergroup relations

Smith, E.R, Mackie, D.M.: Social Psychology (chapter? )

Week 2: Social identity and self categorization theory

Tajfel, H., & Turner, J. C. (1986). "The social identity theory of intergroup behaviour". In S. Worchel & W. G. Austin. Psychology of Intergroup Relations. Chicago, IL: Nelson-Hall. pp. 7–24.

Haslam, S. A.; Ellemers, N.; Reicher, S. D.; Reynolds, K. J.; Schmitt, M. T. (2010). Postmes, T.; Branscombe, N. R., eds. "The social identity perspective tomorrow: Opportunities and avenues for advance". Rediscovering social identity (Psychology Press): 357–379.

Week 3-4 Stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination

Smith, E.R, Mackie, D.M.: Social Psychology (chapter?)

Brown, R. (1995). Prejudice: Its Social Psychology. Oxford: Blackwell (chapter?)


Week 5: Dehumanization

Leyens, J-P., Paladino, P. M., Rodriguez- Torres, R., Vaes, J. Demoulin, S., Rodriguez-Perez, A., Gaunt, R.(2000): The emotional side of prejudice: The attribution of secondary emotions to ingroups and outgroups, Personality and Social Psychology Review, 14., (2), 186-197

Haslam, N. (2006): Dehumanization: An Integrative review, Personality and Social Psychology Review, 10 (3), 252-264

Week: Prejudice and identification

Roccas, Sonia; Klar, Yechiel; Liviatan, Ido: The paradox of group-based guilt: Modes of national identification, conflict vehemence, and reactions to the in-group's moral violations., Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 91(4), Oct 2006, 698-711

Golec de Zavala, A,Cichocka, A., Eidelson, R., & Jayawickreme, N. "Collective narcissism and its social consequences" Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 97.6 (2009): 1074-1096.

Week 6: Racism and sexism



Laurie A. Rudman and Peter Glick (2010): The Social Psychology of Gender How Power and Intimacy Shape Gender Relations , The Guilford Press

Fredrickson, B. L., & Roberts, T. (1997). Objectification theory: Toward understanding women’s lived experiences and mental health risks. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 21, 173–206

Week 7: Antisemitism

Week 8: Hate crimes

Week 9: Conspiracy theories

Week 9: Intergroup conflicts-reconciliation

Shnabel, N. & Nadler, A. (2008). A needs-based model of reconciliation: Satisfying the differential emotional needs of victim and perpetrator as a key to promoting reconciliation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94, 116-132.

Recommeded reading:

Nadler, A., Malloy, T., Fisher J.D. (2008): Social Psychology of Intergroup Reconciliation: From Violent Conflict to Peaceful Co-Existence, Oxford University Press (chapter?)

Week 10: Collective responsibility, collective guilt

Doosje, B., Branscombe, N. R., Spears, R., Manstead, A. S. R. (1998): Guilty by association: When one’s group has a negative history. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 75, 872–886.

Week 11: Apology-forgiveness

Blatz, C. W., Schumann, K., & Ross, M. (2009) Government apologies for historical

injustices. Political Psychology, 30, 219-241.

Week 12: Collective trauma

Assman, A (2010): From Collective Violence to a Common Future: Four Models for Dealing with a Traumatic Past in: Gonçalves da Silva, H. et al. (eds.), Conflict, Memory Transfers and the Reshaping of Europe, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp.8-23

Recommended readings:

Mitscherlich A, Mitscherlich, M. (1975): The Inability to Mourn: Principles of Collective Behavior, Grove Press

Welzer, H. (2005) Grandpa Wasn’t a Nazi: The Holocaust in Germany Family Remembrance. New York: American Jewish Committee.

Pennebaker, J.W., & Harber, K. (1993) A social stage model of collective coping: The Loma Prieta Earthquake and The Persian Gulf War. Journal of Social Issues, 49(4), 125–145.

Week: Transgenerational trauma transmisson

Week 13: Collective victimhood

Bar-Tal, D., Chernyak-Hai, L., Schori, N., Gundar, A. (2009): A sense of self-perceived collective victimhood in intractable conflicts. International Red Cross Review, 91, 229-277

Noor, M., Shnabel, N., Halabi, S., & Nadler, A. (2012). When suffering begets suffering:The psychology of competitive victimhood between adversarial groups in violent conflicts. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 16, 351–374


journal (on readings and class) (25 %)

written exam (30 %)

essay: (30 %)

attendance (15 %)

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