The frailty of human nature: Drawing on local conflicts to teach against prejudice, discrimination, and stereotyping

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Abstract

When group conflict is increasing, how can we reach defensive students to teach about the dangers of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination? I describe three activities for a Social Psychology course taught in Hong Kong and in the context of Hong Kong’s protests. I aim to help students empathize with and understand experiences of other local minorities, and become aware of and empowered to fight against natural cognitive biases. The activities ask students to face their own prejudices, including discussing potentially inflammatory topics such as the connection between pro-democracy protests and prejudice against mainland Chinese, and persuade them to want to change. Copyright © 2021 by their respective authors. This collection of essays and chapters as a compendium is Copyright © 2021 Society for the Teaching of Psychology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIncorporating diversity in classroom settings: Real and engaging examples for various psychology courses
EditorsMaria S. WONG, Lauri WEINER, Jessica CERNIAK, Lydia T. S. YEE
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherSociety for the Teaching of Psychology
Pages214-220
VolumeII
ISBN (Print)9781941804636
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Citation

Buchtel, E. E. (2021). The frailty of human nature: Drawing on local conflicts to teach against prejudice, discrimination, and stereotyping. In M. S. Wong, L. Weiner, J. Cerniak, & L. T. S. Yee (Eds.), Incorporating diversity in classroom settings: Real and engaging examples for various psychology courses (Vol. II, pp. 214-220). United States: Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

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