Syllabus for Social Psychological Foundations of Intergroup Conflict

Socialpsykologiska grunder till konflikt mellan grupper

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2FK048
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Peace and Conflict Studies A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2015-05-25
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2019-05-09
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 27, 2019
  • Entry requirements: Fulfilment of the requirements for a Bachelor's degree with a social science subject as the main field of study.
  • Responsible department: Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Learning outcomes

After the course, students should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate contending approaches concerning the social psychological foundations of intergroup conflict
  • Trace these various approaches back to their historical and intellectual origins
  • Gain a clear understanding of the cognitive, motivational and affective aspects of intergroup conflict
  • Identify the conditions under which in-group bias is transformed into intergroup prejudice
  • Identify the conditions under which intergroup contact reduces or increases prejudice
  • Independently write an assignment within a given time frame

Content

This course aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of the social-psychological processes involved in intergroup conflict. The course will contribute to a deeper understanding of the cognitive, motivational and affective aspects of intergroup conflict and bias, as well as the conditions under which in-group bias may be transformed into intergroup prejudice, discrimination and violence. Contending approaches on how to structure intergroup contact in order to reduce intergroup prejudice will be examined. To achieve this, the course familiarises students with key literature that, over the past 100 years or so, has shaped our understanding of intergroup relations. In the process, we will trace the research tradition from the current day research frontier back to its historical roots, and place this pivotal research in context. Apart from a few lectures, the course consists of seminars prepared through the writing of short memos. The course builds on active participation and engagement in discussions based on the course literature, documentary films and simulations.

Instruction

Seminar-based with active participation based on students' written memos
Simulations
Lectures

Assessment

  • Several short written assignments in which students are asked to reflect upon and raise questions in response to the readings.
  • Participation in seminars and simulations.
  • Grades: Pass with distinction (VG), Pass (G), Fail (U).
  • Two retake opportunities are offered every year the course is given.
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.