Fall 2009

The Social Psychology of Race

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-52  |  Psychology, as PSYC-44


Allen J. Hart (Section 01)


(Offered as Psychology 44 and Black Studies 52 [US].) An interdisciplinary investigation of the social psychology of race in the United States examining the nature and causes of racial stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. We will discuss alternatives to more traditional cognitive approaches that regard stereotyping primarily as a bias produced by the limits of individual processing. While grounded in social psychological theory, we will examine the emergence of race as an important social variable resulting from the interplay of various socio-historical forces. Readings will range from scientific journal articles to personal and intellectual accounts by some key figures in race research including G. Allport, W.E.B. Du Bois, N. Lemann, J.H. Stanfield, S. Steele, and C. West.

Requisite: Psychology 11. Limited to 15 students. Fall semester. Professor Hart.


2020-21: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Fall 2009