This course is designed to familiarize you with social psychological research on prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination in order to: (1) broaden and deepen your awareness of the causes and consequences of such phenomena, (2) apply this understanding to real world situations, 3) compare and contrast the intergroup issues arising in different cultural/national contexts, and 4) learn about various approaches to improving intergroup relations and research on their effectiveness. Primary emphasis will be on theory and research pertaining to race and ethnicity. However, for comparative purposes some attention will also be given to gender, religion, and caste.
Field WorkCountry: South Africa
Date: October 12, 2017
This field class will begin with a visit to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned from 1964 to 1982. The visit will include a prison tour and an opportunity to speak with a former political prisoner. The class will then continue with a visit to the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, which emerged in 2000 from the country’s truth and reconciliation process.
1. Learn about apartheid and contemporary race relations in South Africa.
2. Examine the psychology of forgiveness and reconciliation using South Africa as a case study.
3. Apply insights about forgiveness and reconciliation to domains other than apartheid and race relations.