HNRS 273

Prejudice and Stigma

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or SOCI 101 and permission of the instructor. What are the origins of prejudice? Why do targets of social stigma vary so much in their experiences of and responses to it? Which interventions successfully reduce intergroup conflict, and how? This honors seminar addresses these and related questions through a close study of the social psychological literatures on the border between psychology and sociology. The seminar is built around two influential midcenturyy tests: Goffman's Stigma and Allport's The Nature of Prejudice. These will be paired with recent primary research sources in order to trace the impact of early thinkers' ideas on the evolution of their fields. We will apply their insights to a range of today's intergroup contexts to evaluate their resonance after half a century of dynamic social change. May be counted toward the majors in psychology and sociology. V.5, V.8a