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PSYC 240: Psychology of Race and Social Class: A Cross-Cultural Comparison

Term: Maymester

Credits: 4

Degree Requirements: F9

Coupled with a 3-week study abroad experience in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, students will examine topics of prejudice and discrimination, principally regarding race, ethnicity, and social class, and how these social constructions differ cross-culturally.  Prior to traveling to South Africa, students will examine social psychological theories relating individual and institutional practices of prejudice and discriminariton, as well as conceptualizations and operationalizations of race and social class.  We will articulate similarities and differences in the historical development of race relations within the two countries.  While in country, students will participate in class meetings (allowing continued development as we read, discuss, and reflect), visit historical and cultural sites, attend guest lectures by South African academics, and interact with South Africans.

Prerequisites: none.