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Intergroup Relations


Admission requirements

Bachelor course Social and Organizational Psychology or comparable courses.


The aims with 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 intervention assignments students will learn to apply theory on inter-group relations to practical problems. 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.

  • Thinking about applications of theory on intergroup relations.

  • Further practicing presentation- and writing skills.


Intergroup Relations (2010-2011):

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

Rated oral presentations and written assignments, exam.

From January 1, 2006 the Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted the Ephorus system to be used by instructors for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. Please see the information concerning fraud .


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Reading list

A selection of chapters from:

  • Hogg, M. A., Abrams, D. A. (Eds.). (2003). Intergroup relations. Psychology Press.

  • Stangor, C. (Ed.). (2003). Stereotyping and prejudice. Psychology Press.
    Additional reading introducing specific topics, to be assigned at the first meeting of the seminar.


Introduction and enrolment for courses of the first semester will take place on 2 September 2010. Introduction and enrolment for courses of the second semester will take place on 27 January 2011. More information will be available at the website of the Institute of Psychology.

NB: Exam registration will take place via uSis, and will be open between a month and a week before the (re)exam. Students who haven’t registered, cannot participate in the exam.

Contact information

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