Prejudice: Who, How Why

Prejudice is an attitude (usually negative) about members of another social group. The concept of prejudice has strong negative connotations such that most people do not freely admit to having such feelings and assume those who do are small-minded, evil, ignorant individuals. This course is based on the assumption that everyone is prejudiced to some extent (even when having the best intentions not to be) and considers potential origins of prejudice. Prejudice is a complex problem that has been examined from evolutionary, cultural, economic, physiological and psychological perspectives. Studying the many different theories for the origins of prejudice provides a foundation for a multi-faceted approach to combatting and undermining prejudice in ourselves and others.