Ch 8: Stereotypes, Prejudice, & Discrimination in Social Psychology Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Stereotypes, Prejudice and Discrimination chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about topics such as gender, patriarchy, sexism and the relationship between media and aggression. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Stereotypes, Prejudice and Discrimination chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Prejudice: theories and ideas on origins;
Sex and gender in society: differences, preferences and characteristics;
Sexism and patriarchy: definitions and forms
A look at the causes of prejudice and the authoritarian personality;
The study of non-traditional genders and sexual orientation;
Sexism in its different forms, including old-fashioned, benevolent and ambivalent
Tuesday Gender changes over time: agency and communion;
ingroup vs. outgroup: definition and explanation;
How self-serving attributions maintain stereotypes and prejudice
The contrasts between agency and communion;
An explanation of these stereotypes;
Understanding internal and external attributions
Wednesday Stereotype threat: definition and examples;
Stereotypes and automatic and controlled information processing;
Contact hypothesis: definition, limitations and criteria for successful contact
A look at how stereotype threats influence performance;
The automatic and controlled methods of processing information;
Theories on strategies for reducing prejudice
Thursday Prejudice in the classroom: Jigsaw Groups;
Realistic Conflict Theory and discrimination: definition and examples
Techniques educators can use to reduce prejudice in the classroom;
An exploration of why prejudice occurs
Friday Violence and the media: How the media impacts violence;
Catharsis and aggression in social psychology: definition and examples
The correlation between violence in the media and in the real world;
The characteristics of aggression and catharsis, and the relationship between them

14 Lessons in Chapter 8: Stereotypes, Prejudice, & Discrimination in Social Psychology Lesson Plans
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Prejudice: Theories and Ideas on Origins

1. Prejudice: Theories and Ideas on Origins

Why do some people dislike entire groups of people? What causes prejudice? In this lesson, we'll look at some of the theories about what makes people prejudiced, including scapegoat theory, authoritarian personality, and culture theory.

Sex and Gender in Society: Differences, Preferences & Characteristics

2. Sex and Gender in Society: Differences, Preferences & Characteristics

You might think you know everything about the differences between boys and girls, but this lesson covers less commonly understood topics. After defining sex vs. gender, it covers less common sexual identities, such as intersexed and transgender individuals. In addition, theories on sexual orientation are covered, including both categorical and continuum perspectives of sexual interest.

Sexism and Patriarchy: Definitions and Forms

3. Sexism and Patriarchy: Definitions and Forms

This lesson provides a foundation for understanding sexism in various forms. First, patriarchy versus matriarchy is defined. Then, several different forms of sexism are outlined, including old-fashioned, modern, hostile, benevolent and ambivalent.

Gender Changes Over Time: Agency and Communion

4. Gender Changes Over Time: Agency and Communion

Gender stereotypes often rely on the ways people define themselves. In this lesson, we'll look at two ways of defining oneself. We'll also study why gender differences exist and how they change over time.

Ingroup vs. Outgroup: Definition and Explanation

5. Ingroup vs. Outgroup: Definition and Explanation

How do the groups we belong to influence the stereotypes we hold? In this lesson, we'll examine ingroups and outgroups and their effects on stereotypes.

How Self-Serving Attributions Maintain Stereotypes & Prejudice

6. How Self-Serving Attributions Maintain Stereotypes & Prejudice

Attributions are the reasons that we give for why a particular outcome occurred. What do they have to do with stereotypes and prejudice? This lesson answers that question, as well as explains different types of attributions.

Stereotype Threat: Definition & Examples

7. Stereotype Threat: Definition & Examples

What happens when someone is put in a situation where they might prove a stereotype correct? In this lesson, we'll review what stereotype threat is, what effects it can have on performance, and how to reduce it.

Stereotypes and Automatic & Controlled Information Processing

8. Stereotypes and Automatic & Controlled Information Processing

People process information in many different ways. In this lesson, we'll explore two ways of processing information, automatic and controlled, and how they relate to stereotypes and prejudice.

Contact Hypothesis: Definition, Limitations & Criteria for Successful Contact

9. Contact Hypothesis: Definition, Limitations & Criteria for Successful Contact

For many years, social psychologists have studied ways to reduce prejudice. In this lesson, we will review the contact hypothesis on how to reduce prejudice, examine the famous Robbers Cave experiment, and see what types of contact work best in the fight against prejudice.

Prejudice in the Classroom: Jigsaw Groups

10. Prejudice in the Classroom: Jigsaw Groups

Prejudice creeps into many parts of society, including classrooms. In this lesson, we'll look at how educators can set up classroom activities to reduce prejudice between students.

Realistic Conflict Theory and Discrimination: Definition & Examples

11. Realistic Conflict Theory and Discrimination: Definition & Examples

Why are people prejudiced against others? Under what circumstances are people most prejudiced? In this lesson, we will explore the realistic conflict theory of prejudice, which offers possible answers for why prejudice happens and when prejudice is highest.

Violence and the Media: How the Media Impacts Violence

12. Violence and the Media: How the Media Impacts Violence

For years, psychologists have studied the effect watching violent media has on people's behavior. In this lesson, we'll look at the link between media violence and real-life aggression and discover why watching violent TV might affect people's levels of aggression.

Catharsis and Aggression in Social Psychology: Definition & Examples

13. Catharsis and Aggression in Social Psychology: Definition & Examples

You might think that venting when you're angry helps you blow off steam. But, does aggression really lead to catharsis, or just to more aggression? In this lesson, we'll look at the link between catharsis and aggression, including a famous study on the effects of violence on aggressive feelings.

Prejudice, Discrimination & Stereotypes: Definitions & Examples

14. Prejudice, Discrimination & Stereotypes: Definitions & Examples

There are many different types of people in the world. What happens when one person thinks or feels a certain way about an entire group of people? Watch this lesson to find out about stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.

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