Understanding societal bias and how to combat it
PSYCH 148S: “The Psychology of Bias: Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination” is a three-unit course where students gain an understanding of societal bias and ways to combat it. The class incorporates research and studies from social, cognitive, affective, developmental, cultural and neural perspectives to analyze the processes that reflect and perpetuate group biases.
Taught by psychology social Ph.D. students Nick P. Camp and Camilla M. Griffiths, the course explores bias in terms of identity groups such as race, gender and age. Students also analyze precursors of bias, different elements of bias, levels of analysis and the different perspectives of bias.
Griffiths is entering her fourth year as a Ph.D. student and the topic of bias is highly pertinent to her research.
“I’m interested in hearing from students that have or haven’t taken psychology classes before and their perspective on the topics that I’m really passionate about and that drive my research,” Griffiths said.
Camp hopes that by teaching this class, students will learn the different processes of bias, how to think about these processes, and what they can do to address and change them for the better. The class is open to all students, from high school to graduate students. No background in psychology is necessary.
“People come from so many different backgrounds and personal experiences. Some people have taken classes in psychology and some haven’t, so there’s a little bit of everything,” Camp said. “I think that actually makes the course better.”