PSY280 Political psychology and intergroup conflict

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Teacher(s)
doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Jan Šerek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Hana Macháčková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Marie Bedrošová (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Jan Šerek, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
Timetable
Thu 10:00–11:40 P22
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 25 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 9/25, only registered: 3/25, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/25
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The purpose of this course is to acquire the basic knowledge of psychological theories and approaches that help to explain politically motivated intergroup conflict, intolerance, and collective action. The course interconnects traditional theories in social and political psychology (social identity, social cognition, socialization) with their recent extensions to the areas of civic identity, civic/political participation, or intolerant online communities. It also emphasizes the applications to current political events in the Czech Republic and other European countries.
Learning outcomes
After passing the course, students will be able:
- to understand psychological theories and approaches that help to explain politically motivated intergroup conflict, intolerance, and collective action;
- to interconnect theories in social and political psychology with the areas of civic identity, civic/political participation, and intolerant online communities;
- to employ theories of political and social psychology to understand current political events;
- to design and critically evaluate different strategies for reducing intergroup conflict.
Syllabus
  • 1. Theories of intergroup conflict I (Lecture)
  • 2. Theories of intergroup conflict II (Lecture)
  • 3. Intergroup conflict in politics: The case of populism (Seminar with reading)
  • 4. Extreme forms of intergroup conflict – terrorism and genocide (Lecture)
  • 5. Reducing intergroup conflict I (Lecture)
  • 6. Reducing intergroup conflict II (Seminar with reading)
  • 7. The role of information and materials in media and on the internet I (Lecture)
  • 8. The role of information and materials in media and on the internet II (Seminar with reading)
  • 9. Cyberhate and online hateful communities I (Lecture)
  • 10. Cyberhate and online hateful communities II (Seminar with reading)
Literature
  • Handbook of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination. Edited by Todd D. Nelson. Second edition. London: Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016. xv, 516. ISBN 9781848726697. info
  • JONES, James M. and John F. DOVIDIO. The psychology of diversity : beyond prejudice and racism. Edited by Deborah L. Vietze. First published. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. xvii, 407. ISBN 9781405162135. info
  • The SAGE handbook of prejudice, sterotyping and discrimination. Edited by John F. Dovidio. 1st pub. London: Sage, 2013. xxv, 646. ISBN 9781412934534. info
  • The Oxford handbook of intergroup conflict. Edited by Linda R. Tropp. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. xiv, 386. ISBN 9780199747672. info
  • Identity and participation in culturally diverse societies : a multidisciplinary perspective. Edited by Assaad E. Azzi. 1st pub. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. xii, 383. ISBN 9781405199476. info
  • Intergroup conflicts and their resolution : a social psychological perspective. Edited by Daniel Bar-Tal. London: Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2011. xii, 367. ISBN 9781841697833. info
  • Young citizens in the digital age : political engagement, young people and new media. Edited by Brian Loader. New York: Routledge, 2007. xiii, 213. ISBN 9780415409131. info
  • The social psychology of inclusion and exclusion. Edited by Dominic Abrams - Michael A. Hogg - José M. Marques. New York: Psychology Press, 2005. xviii, 355. ISBN 1841690732. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, classroom discussions, reading, written assignments based on reading.
Assessment methods
Attendance (max. 20 points), four written assignments (4 x max. 10 points), final test (max. 40 points). Minimum 61 points is needed to pass.
Language of instruction
English
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017.
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