Seminar in Social Psychology (Psych 194), Fall, 2000

Pitzer College

The Claremont Colleges

Professor Halford Fairchild

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Office Hours:  203 Scott Hall.Tu-Th 10:00 – 11:00 and by appointment. X 7-3056

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Eberhardt, Jennifer L., & Fiske, Susan T.(Eds.).(1998).Confronting racism:The problem and the response.Thousand Oaks, CA:Sage Publications. 

Bulmer, Martin, & Solomos, John.(Eds.).(1999).Racism.Oxford:Oxford University Press.

Synopsis and Objectives: This seminar explores an area of longstanding concern in social psychology:racism.It does so by reviewing the works of leading social psychologists’ theory, research and praxis in this area of concern (see Eberhardt & Fiske, 1998).An important component of the course is the incorporation of international and interdisciplinary perspectives to the study of racism (see Bulmer & Solomos, 1999).The seminar explores the subject matter with an emphasis on developing students’ written and oral presentations.

  Course Papers.  The instructor and students have placed exemplary papers on the web.  To see an index of these papers, and to read the papers themselves, click here!


8-29 Introductions and Course Overview

8-31 What is racism? B&S General Introduction (pp. 3-17), Part I Intro., Chapters 1, 2 and 3.

9-5 Historical Origins. B&SChapters 4, 5, 6 

9-7 Contemporary Prejudice: E&F:Chapter 1, B&SChapter 7, Part II Intro, Chapter 8

9-12 Institutional Racism: B&SChapters 9, 10, 11

9-14 Power Relations: E&F:Chapter 2, B&SChapter 12

9-19 The African Diaspora: B&SChapters 13, 14, 15

9-21 The Law. E&F:Chapter 3, B&SChapter 16

9-26 Turn of the Century, U.S.: B&SChapters 17, 18, 19

9-28 Racial Politics, U.S.: E&F:Chapter 4, B&SChapter 20

10-3 Nation, Epoch and Generation. B&SChapters 21, 22, 23.

10-5 International Perspectives. E&F:Chapter 5

10-10 Racial Violence: B&SPart IV intro, Chapters 24, 25

10-12 Criminal Injustice: E&F:Chapter 6.B&SChapter 26.

10-17 Fall Recess

10-19 Whiteness, old and new: B&SChapters 27, 28, 29.

10-24 Anti-racism. B&SPart V intro, Chapters 30, 31

10-26 Racism and Self-Esteem. E&F:Chapter 7.B&SChapter 32.

10-31 Psychological Liberation. B&S Chapters 33, 34, 35.

11-2 Racial (Social) Identity. E&F:Chapter 8.B&SChapter 36.

11-7 Racism and the State. B&SChapters Part VI intro, 37, 

11-9 Stereotype Threat. E&F:Chapter 9.B&SChapter 38

11-14 Global Inequality. B&SChapters 39, 40, 41.

11-16 Positive Relations. E&F:Chapter 10, B&SPart VII introduction.

11-21 Theories of Racism. B&SChapters 42, 43

11-23 Thanksgiving recess

11-28 Theories of Racism. B&SChapters 44, 45, 46

11-30 Racism in Higher Education. E&F:Chapter 11, B&SChapters 48, 49

12-5 Power of Racism. E&F:Chapter 12, B&SChapter 50

12-7 Solutions. B&SChapter 51


Writing Intensive:This course requires weekly papers.Each paper should be about 750 words (3 – 4 pages, including title, notes and references).Papers must be typed, double-spaced, with one inch margins.Students should adhere, strictly, to APA recommended format for review papers.Twelve point type (12 pt) is strongly preferred.Papers are due at the beginning of class every Tuesday (as Tuesday, October 17 is during Fall recess, the paper for that week will be collected on Thursday.).Papers should incorporate the readings for that week as well as previous weeks (where appropriate).For example, the paper due on September 5 should be a discussion that integrates Chapters 4 through 8 in Bulmer & Solomos and Chapter 1 in Eberhardt and Fiske. Where appropriate, papers should incorporate mention of video and other presentations in class.Each paper, beginning with the paper due on September 5 and concluding with the paper due on December 5, is graded on a 100 point basis.The maximum point total for the 14 papers is 1400.Students must submit the paper with an original title.The name and contact information for the student should be placed on a separate, last page.Students’ identities should not be revealed any where in the paper (or on the paper) except on the last page.The last page should also include the number of words in the essay (penalties are exacted for large deviations from the target of 750 words).Attendance is required.Students are awarded 100 points toward their final grade for every day they are in class on time.(Persons arriving late receive partial credit at the discretion of the instructor.)2600 points is the maximum for attendance. Participation is required.As this is a seminar, an emphasis is on the sharing of opinions and ideas about the reading material, films, and/or lectures/presentations.At the end of the class, the instructor will assign up to 1000 points based upon his subjective judgment of the quality of in-class participation (quantity and quality are usually inversely related in this area).Grading:Of the total points available (5000, subject to change), A’s = 92% or more; A- = 90%-91.99%;B+ = 88%-89.99%; B = 82% - 87.99%; B- = 80%-81.99%; etc.