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Intergroup Relations


Admission requirements

Master students Social and Organisational Psychology.


The objectives of this course are to gain in-depth knowledge of theories on intergroup relations, and to develop a critical look on these theories and research. To this end we will review state-of-the-art developments in theory and research on intergroup relations, stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. By reading ‘classic’ papers on these topics, as well as studying recent publications, students will gain advanced knowledge of a range of theoretical perspectives, including interdependence, social identity, self-categorization and socio-cognitive theories.

By means of review assignments, students will learn to develop a critical look on available scientific knowledge. By means of debate assignments, students will learn to look from different theoretical perspectives at a single problem, and will practice the oral presentation of their views. By means of policy recommendation assignments students will learn to apply theory on inter-group relations to practical problems, and to “pitch” their solution to the problem. The course is concluded with an exam.

This course will be offered twice during the academic year.

Course objectives

  • Learning about the diverse perspectives on intergroup relations.

  • Developing a critical look on theory and research.

  • Developing and “pitching” applications of theory on intergroup relations.

  • Further practicing presentation- and writing skills.


Intergroup Relations (2014-2015):

  • Seminars/Workgroups (1st semester)

  • Exams (1nd semester)

  • [Seminars/Workgroups]( semester)

  • Exams (2nd semester)



Students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions. Please consult the Instructions registration


Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date; students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination. Registering for exams

Mode of instruction

5 Seminars (attendance of meetings is obligatory).

Assessment method

Rated oral presentations and written assignments, final exam.

The Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud


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Reading list

  • The literature for this course will consist of a series of about 15 chapters and research articles (covering both the “classics” and more recent developments), which will be made avaiable on blackboard.

Contact information

Dr. Daan Scheepers
Room: 2A32
Tel.: +31 (0)71 527 3642