New Course – Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination

GCL 144
Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
3 hours
11:00 – 11:50 MWF

*counts for Social/Behavioral Science General Education credit*
*taught by Chadly Stern, Assistant Professor of Psychology*
*small class size (25 students), with opportunities to tour labs and design experiments*

Where does prejudice come from, and how can it be prevented? What are the societal consequences when people are treated differently based on their race, gender, and sexual orientation? How do researchers use scientific methods to study these types of questions? In the course Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination (GCL 144), we will cover these types of questions and more. This course is intended for first-year undergraduate students who are broadly interested in learning about behavioral science methods and questions related to inequality. This course counts as a Behavioral Science Requirement, and is open to all students, regardless of their specific major. This course will meet Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11-11:50 AM.

Generally speaking, this class will introduce students to the basics of utilizing behavioral science methods, and how those methods can be applied to understand factors that shape societal inequality. Throughout this course, students will have opportunities to experience the inner workings of the behavioral science research process through touring UIUC behavioral science laboratories, completing and discussing measures of stereotyping and bias employed in the behavioral sciences, and designing and proposing their own empirical studies that would address questions related to inequality. A particular focus will be given to modern research methods that span across multiple areas of inquiry in the behavior sciences (e.g., social and cognitive psychology, organizational behavior). Additionally, students will learn basic skills of how to read, analyze, and critique behavioral science literature, as well as how to convey their ideas in written and oral formats and provide critical feedback on others’ ideas. In doing so, students will build critical thinking skills and gain competence in communicating their ideas to others.