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Summer school | Prejudice, discrimination, and the diversity challenge

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Prejudice, Discrimination, and the Diversity Challenge

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Prejudice and discrimination are often causes of individuals’ suffering, social inequalities, and human conflicts in contemporary societies. Prejudice and discrimination are pervasive, difficult to counteract, and persisting even in unsuspected contexts and organizations.

This summer school brings together experts and students from different countries to examine the origins and the consequences of prejudice. Where does prejudice come from? How do prejudice and discrimination affect people’s achievements, performances, and well-being? How can institutions reduce prejudice? How do laws prevent prejudice and protect minorities? What are the advantages of the inclusion of minority groups in the labor market?

This summer school will address these questions through lectures from keynote speakers in social psychology. This social-psychological analysis will be complemented by talks from other disciplines such as economy, law, social work, gender studies etc. Teaching methods include individual readings, class discussion, group exercises, and presentations. It will focus on contemporary cases of prejudice based on various group memberships and stigmatizing attributes, such ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, social class, disability, and unemployment.

This summer school is a unique opportunity to meet practitioners from different organizations in Geneva and to learn about implemented policies aiming to reduce discriminations and promote diversity in the workplace.

At the end of this summer school, the participants will be able to:

  • define the basic concepts and theories about stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, and diversity from the perspectives of different disciplines (social psychology as well as economy, law, social work, gender studies etc).
  • use this theoretical framework to critically analyze societal and social phenomenon involving ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, social class, disability, and unemployment etc
  • identify policies to prevent and reduce prejudice and discrimination in different settings (the workplace, university) and assess potential transfer of these policies to their own context
  • prepare and deliver a presentation about a specific form of stereotyping, prejudice, or discrimination taking into their own cultural, professional, and educational background.

This Summer School is organized in collaboration with Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (University of Geneva) and Equal Opportunities Office (University of Geneva).

 This course is designed for:

  • Practitioners
  • Bachelor, Master, PhD students, and advanced researchers from various backgrounds.

 Course Credits

Equivalence of 4 ECTS

Students will be provided with a Certificate of Completion for their course if they satisfy attendance.

Please note that this is not an official University of Geneva transcript, as Geneva Summer Schools courses are not accredited University of Geneva courses. It is the students’ responsibility to validate their course for credit at their home university before commencing the summer school, as specified in our Regulations.

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