Spring 2024 - PSYC 461 D100

Advanced Topics in Social Psychology (4)

Intergroup Relations

Class Number: 6062

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Fri, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Steve Wright
    Office: RCB8308
    Office Hours: TBA
  • 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.


Although the members of the class will play a major role in determining the specific evaluation criteria and their relative contribution to each students final grade, the general expectations are that all students will: produce at least two writing projects, provide at least one classroom presentation; and will arrive at class prepared to engage with and discuss critically the weekly readings, and to contribute positively to the learning environment.



A course reading list will be developed by the class.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


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