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Graduate Students


Courses with emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion

  • PSY 59100 Seminar on Ostracism
    The aim of this course is to introduce students to the theories and research on ostracism, social exclusion, and rejection, as well as the impact of inclusion (and possibly over-inclusion). Theories, paradigms, and research developments will be introduced through lectures and readings, critiquing and presentation skills will be honed, and students will develop and receive feedback on your creative and theory-advancing group projects and presentations.
  • PSY 59100 Cross Cultural Social Psychology
    This seminar examines the impact of acceptance and inclusion (or lack thereof) in several contexts. Course topics include the psychology and neuroscience of belonging and acceptance; the polarization that often occurs when people discuss issues of acceptance and inclusion; how internet access affects attitudinal polarization; sex differences, stereotyping, and possible bias in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) contexts; workplace issues and interventions related to increasing diversity; issues of inclusion, student success, and free speech on college campuses such as Purdue; and marginalization in voting behavior and citizenship status.
  • PSY 63000 Stereotyping and Prejudice
    Provides an in-depth examination of issues related to stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. After a general introduction and historical overview, students will be exposed to a detailed study of the social psychological foundations of stereotyping and prejudice to include their impact and reduction strategies.
  • PSY 64000 Survey of Social Psychology
    An extensive survey of methods, research, and theory in social psychology.
  • PSY 68200 Culture and Diversity at Work
    This course aims to familiarize graduate students with the basic theoretical and methodological issues in the scientific study of culture and diversity in organizations. Readings are drawn primarily from the socio-organizational psychology and organizational behavior literature. Discussions focus on contemporary questions related to the understanding and management of diversity in the workplace: What is culture/diversity? How do psychologists approach these constructs? Why does diversity lead to both synergy and problems? How can people and organizations transform cultural collision into synergy? Given most psychology research been largely developed and tested in WEIRD (i.e., western, educated, industries, rich, and democratic) populations, discussion will focus on the extent to which a phenomenon will translate across cultural and majority/minority groups.

  • PSY 69200 Ethnic Minority Issues
    This seminar provides an introduction to roles of ethnocultural experience in psychological phenomena, particularly as they address foundations for the science and practice of professional psychology.  The course focuses on American domestic minority group members of African, Asian, Hispanic/Latinx, and Native American Indian/Alaskan Native heritages.  Intersections of ethnicity and culture with other key demographic and socialization characteristics that shape behavior also will be considered.  Readings, presentations, and exercises will explore basic paradigms and research methods to characterize behavior, socialization and normative human development, social relations, adjustment and psychopathology, and educational and community intervention.


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