Spring 2020 - PSYC 461 D100

Advanced Topics in Social Psychology (4)

Intergroup Relations

Class Number: 8300

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 5049, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 201, 210, 260, 60 units, and a CGPA of 3.0. Other prerequisites vary by topic offering.



Course can be repeated for credit. Students may not take this course for further credit if similar topics are covered. See Psychology department website for course description.


The course will focus on topics and ideas in the social psychology of intergroup relations. This course builds on the content of PSYC 363 and focuses on how the groups that we belong to influence our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and actions towards members of other groups. There will be a brief overview to key ideas in the first part of the course, but most of the course will involve a more penetrating look at a set of specific topics. In addition, efforts will be made to consider how these topics can be applied to important contemporary social issues.


This course relies heavily on the input of the members of the class. The specific topics that will be covered will be selected and developed by the students (with guidance from the instructor). Over the first 3 weeks, students will play a central role in determining the content of the course, the course structure, and the evaluation criteria.


  • POSSIBLE evaluation criteria (a final list will be determined collectively by the class)
  • Interest Papers: Student could submit short papers discussing ideas and issues raised in and by the weekly readings.
  • Presentation: Student could provide presentations introducing and discussing topics of their choice.
  • Final Paper: Students could write a larger paper on a topic of their choice.
  • Peer Review: Students could provide a review of classmates work.
  • General Participation: The one expectation that will be set prior to our first meeting (by me – the instructor) is that everyone will arrive to class prepared to discuss the weekly readings and to contribute positively to the learning environment.



A course reading list will be developed by the class.

Registrar Notes:

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