Advanced Topics in Intergroup Relations - SP813

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
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This module examines advanced theory and research in intergroup relations. We consider the nature of social categorisation processes and how stereotypes develop, persist and change. We then examine the relationship between intergroup perceptions and prejudice, and how intergroup relationships influence both variables. We consider how and why stereotypes and prejudice become manifested as discrimination and intergroup conflict, and then how groups become mobilised to perform collective action. Finally, we study the motivational and social elements in intergroup relationships, social identity as a group member, and how these issues can be studied both in the laboratory and in real world settings.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Weekly two-hour seminars


Available to students registered for the MSc in Developmental Psychology, the MSc in Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, the MSc in Research Methods in Psychology, or the MSc in Social and Applied Psychology.

Method of assessment

100% Coursework.

Preliminary reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

This advanced level course aims to develop students’ knowledge about intergroup behaviour by considering a number of current theoretical, empirical and policy issues within the general area of intergroup relations. Throughout the course there will be a continual emphasis on the application of theoretical models to particular social contexts so as to deepen students’ understanding of the utility and the limitations of these models.

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