PSY 490 Seminar: Stereotyping and Prejudice


Instructor: Dr. Jon Mueller
Office: Goldspohn 16
Office Hours: 9:30-10:30 MWF
Phone: 637-5329


Course Goals

  1. primarily, that you further develop your ability to critically think about the nature of evidence and arguments from a scientific perspective;
  2. that you demonstrate understanding of a variety of concepts and issues within stereotyping and prejudice;
  3. that your further develop your written and oral communication skills.


Two exams, a midterm and a final worth 100 points each, will be given on the dates listed on the course schedule. The exams are intended to test your understanding of the assigned readings and the material presented in lecture-discussion. Each exam will include a take-home component and an in-class component.

A research paper (approximately 8-15 typed, double-spaced pages) worth 100 points will be assigned during the term. More details are provided on the Assignments page.

Additionally, I will require you, in pairs, to lead a discussion of certain readings during the term. This assignment is worth 30 points. Each member of the pair will receive the same grade. More details are provided on the Assignments page.

I will also give you some very brief assignments that correspond with many of the readings. You will be asked to answer a few short questions prior to class to prepare for the in-class discussion. I will simply be looking to see if you put a "good faith effort" into answering the questions. If you did I will put a (+) on your paper; if not, I will give it a (-). If you receive at least 90% plusses you will receive 40 points. If you receive 80-90% plusses, you will earn 32 points. If you receive 70-80% plusses you will earn 24 points. If you receive 60-70% plusses you will earn 16 points. If you receive fewer than 60% plusses on the reading assignments you will earn 0 points. The reading assignments will be due by the beginning of that class period and must be typed.

To summarize, you can accumulate up to 370 points, and you will be graded on the following scale:

A = 93% 344 pts. and above excellent performance
A- = 90% 333 pts. and above
B+ = 87% 322 pts. and above very good performance
B = 83% 307 pts. and above
B- = 80% 296 pts. and above
C+ = 77% 285 pts. and above good performance
C = 73% 270 pts. and above
C- = 70% 259 pts. and above
D = 60% 222 pts. and above adequate performance
F = <60% under 222 pts. less than adequate


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