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PSYC12 week 1 lecture notes

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Michael Inzlicht

Week 1 PSYC12 Lecture 1 Examples of recent racist events that prove prejudice is still alive Rwandan Genocide - A hundred thousand people were killed in 100 days - 2 tribal groups, 1 group hated the other group. One group was slaughtered by the other. Although they had similar cultures, there was a deep hatred among the groups Indonesian Riots - This is during an economic downturn in Indonesia - The largest target in this riot are ethnic Chinese people Houston suburb opposes plan for mosque - Neighbour threatens to hold pig races - A wealthy neighbourhood does not want Muslims to build a mosque in their neighbourhood - Many neighbours do not believe that they are discriminatory against Muslims, instead they claim that they are more concerned about property values, drainage and traffic The Hunger Games - When readers found out that Rue (a character) in the story is black, they claim that they were disappointed, and it was not as sad when Rue died in the story This course teaches the student about the perceptions of racism from the perceiver’s and target’s perspectives When someone is confronted with a situation where he might confirm the stereotype associated with his group, he might do the exact opposite just to not make that happen; i.e., called the stereotyped threat Stereotype (cognitive) – a set of attributes & traits associated with a group of people (social category) - They are neither good or bad - They are thoughts that come into our head when we think of a certain group - Generalization about the group, can be either true or false - Can be im
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