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Cursus: SOW-PSB3BE35E
Intergroup Relations from a Multicultural Perspective
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Studiepunten (ECTS)4
CategorieB3 (Derde jaar bachelor)
Aangeboden doorRadboud Universiteit; Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen; Psychologie;
VorigeVolgende 3
dr. G. Bijlstra
Overige cursussen docent
dr. C.P.M. van Halen
Overige cursussen docent
S.A. Khalid, MSc
Overige cursussen docent
dr. M.A. de Lange
Overige cursussen docent
Contactpersoon van de cursus
dr. M.A. de Lange
Overige cursussen docent
PER3  (29-01-2024 t/m 05-04-2024)
OpmerkingPositief BSA vereist.
Buiten Psychologiestudenten alleen toegankelijk voor studenten PW of CW.
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
  1. you will gain an active understanding of social and cultural-psychological theories relevant for understanding intergroup relations and cultural differences.
  2. you will critically apply these scientific insights to current topics and themes present in our multicultural society.
Our society is becoming increasingly heterogeneous. People from various - often very differing - cultures live side by side. This can lead to interesting encounters, but it can also lead to friction. To add to this, most, if not all, societies have a history of inequality between different groups within those societies. These inequalities are questioned more and more, and tackling inequality now constitutes one of the sustainable development goals of the United Nations. Specific targets within this goal, according to the U.N., are to 'empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all' by 2030 and to 'ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities ...'. In this course, we will investigate intergroup behaviour that underlies such inequality, as only understanding a behaviour can make you capable of changing it.

The starting point of the course will be the situation in Dutch society, in which a significant portion of our lives is played out within groups such as friends, family, colleagues and compatriots. These groups offer a sense of identity, and these group memberships appear to be necessary for us to function as people. However, belonging to a group also has a direct effect on your view of people who are not members of the group. One specific example of the problems this may cause can be found in the current debate on how people in the Netherlands should live alongside one another. Since the great influx of immigrants at the beginning of the 1960s and 1970s, Dutch society has ever more become a ‘multicultural society’. We cannot ignore the fact that people display great behavioural differences from one another, which stem from their national or cultural origins, and that these differences are tenacious. Cultural diversity can therefore become a source of intercultural tensions when these behaviours are viewed as less desirable by others. Another example of such a source of tension is whether inequalities between different groups in society are acknowledged or addressed by both high and low status groups, a topic that is currently very much present in the societal discours. 
This course will focus on (intercultural) relationships between groups within our society, and discuss these using psychological perspectives on society and culture. In addition, we will analyze the social and cognitive consequences of group membership and differences in status, power and culture. The lectures are complemented by discussion or interactive sessions to help you to apply these theoretical perspectives to actual cases from practice and the media.
The course addresses the following topics:
  • The public debate surrounding the integration of immigrants in the Netherlands
  • The function of group membership
  • Social-cognitive effects of group membership on the individual
  • Psychological dimensions of multiculturalism
  • Acculturation and integration
  • Cultural and implicit prejudices
  • Structural inequality in society
  • Radicalisation
  • The improvement of relations between groups.

This course connects to SDG 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries.

Completed first-year Psychology programme or other first-year university programme.
Written examination, open ended questions (100%).

Verplicht materiaal
Wordt nader bekendgemaakt
Various (research) papers and book chapters, to be announced on Brightspace. All material will be available via the Radboud University library.


Sustainability certificate

open ended questions
ToetsvormDigitale toets met CIRRUS
GelegenhedenBlok PER3, Blok PER4

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