ORGSTUDY 425 - Psychology of Inequality: Causes of Inequality and Potential Solutions
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Organizational Studies (ORGSTUDY)
Department: LSA Organizational Studies
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Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted for OS students who have completed or are enrolled in ORGSTUDY 205 or PSYCH 487 (Topic #30: Psychology of Inequality & Prejudice).
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Enforced Prerequisites:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
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This course examines psychological theories about why intergroup prejudice, discrimination, and inequality are ubiquitous, both in organizations and beyond. We consider the possibility that human evolution predisposes us to be biased in favor of the groups we belong to over other groups, and explore how human motivation and social contexts work in conjunction to produce behavior that either increases or decreases social inequality. We will also consider how the way our minds work, independent of any motivation to be prejudiced, can lead to bias and discrimination. In addition to examining the causes of discrimination and inequality, we will examine possible paths forward to greater equality and inclusion (in organizations and in society more broadly). Throughout the course, we will examine the scientific evidence (data) supporting each theory or intervention we discuss, so that we can “check” our understanding of the problems we consider, and consider the effectiveness of solutions that have been proposed.


ORGSTUDY 425 - Psychology of Inequality: Causes of Inequality and Potential Solutions
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
Tu 5:30PM - 8:30PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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