PSYC 270

Psychology of Diversity

This course is designed to increase students' awareness and knowledge of issues related to human diversity. Diversity is conceptualized as differences among social groups, such as race, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, socioeconomic status, among others. Concrete knowledge of various groups, their experiences, and their ways of meaning-making are important to understanding and navigating our increasingly diverse world.

This class is divided into three sections that use psychological research and theory to examine the presence of, as well as the problems and issues associated with, social and cultural differences in society. The first section emphasizes the basic concepts in the psychological study of diversity. It covers topics such as dimensions and definitions of diversity, social categorization and stereotypes, and prejudice. The second section explores the various "-isms" associated with the social categories it covers. It evaluates diversity as a cause as well as a product of oppressive structures; evaluating the (dis)advantages associated with social groups positioned at various levels of the social hierarchy. Finally, the third section highlights ways in which we can address inequalities seen or experienced in our various communities.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.