Fall 2020 - PSYC 363 D100

Intergroup Relations (3)

Class Number: 3165

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 13, 2020
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 201 and 260.



Provides an overview of the social psychological study of intergroup relations, considering classic and contemporary theory and research in the field. It includes discussions of the application of these ideas and findings to important social contexts, and explores ways in which the social psychological study of intergroup relations can help us understand and inform efforts to influence relevant social change.


The course will provide students with a basic understanding of the social psychological study of intergroup relations--the study of how our behavior, thoughts and feelings are influenced by the groups we belong to and how people from different groups relate to one another. We will consider both theory and research in the field, and will discuss the application of these ideas and findings to important real-world social issues. We will explore ways in which the social psychological study of intergroup relations can help us understand and inform efforts to influence social change.

We will consider the social psychological antecedents, processes and/or consequences involved in topics including: stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination; privilege and disadvantage; economic inequality; multiculturalism; sexism; prejudice reduction; and collective action and social change.


  • Mid-term Test(s): 20%
  • Papers/Assignments: 40%
  • Final Exam: 20%
  • Activities/Participation : 20%


This course will be taught remotely with both asynchronous/synchronous components. The plan is to have lectures asynchronous (available on Canvas), but to include some discussion meetings, office hour style individual meetings and group activities scheduled during the regular class time. Some of these virtual meetings would count towards a “participation” grade. In addition, there will be some testing during the scheduled class time. Therefore, students will need to be available for at least part of the scheduled class time on some weeks.



Johnson, A.G. (2006 or 2018). Privilege, Power, and Difference. (2nd or 3rd ed.). McGraw Hill Publishing.

A number of other readings will be assigned throughout the course, available through links on the Canvas course page.


Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).