Social identity and intergroup relations

Study level: Graduate study programme in psychology
Lecturers: Dean Ajduković, Ph.D., Ajana Löw, Ph.D.
Language: Croatian
Semester: 3rd (winter)
Status: mandatory
Form of instruction with class hours: 30 hours of lectures, 15 hours of seminars, 15 hours of practical work
Student evaluation: written exam

Course description

Nature, culture and socialization processes. Individualism and collectivism. Acculturation processes. Social roles. Gender roles: similarities and differences, causal explanations. Social identity and group membership. Ethnic identity. SYMLOG – system for observing social interactions. Perception of groups. Social categorization. Minority and majority groups. Prejudice and discrimination. Ethnicity, patriotism and nationalism. Intergroup conflicts: emergence, escalation, de-escalation and conflict management. Negotiations, mediation and reconciliation.

Course objectives

The students will understand the factors that influence intergroup relations and will be able to relate them to personal experience of group membership. They will understand the reasons for escalating conflict between groups, emergence of prejudice and procedures for managing conflicts and prejudice.

Required readings

Hewstone, M. i Stroebe, W. (2002.) Socijalna psihologija. Jastrebarsko: Naklada Slap. Chapter: 15 (Međugrupni odnosi, 427-453)

Aronson, E., Wilson, T.D. i Akert, R. M. (2005) Socijalna psihologija. Zagreb: Mate. Chapter: 13 (Predrasude, 455-503)

Brown, R. (2006) Grupni procesi. Jastrebarsko: Naklada Slap. Chapters: 6 (Međugrupni sukob i suradnja,  226-261), 7 (Razmišljanje o grupama, 264-307), 8 (Socijalni identitet i međugrupni odnosi, 310-360)

Recommended readings
Journal articles