Social Psychology of the Holocaust

This course takes an unflinching look into the darkest corners of human nature, explored through the social psychological lens. Using the Holocaust as a stark example, we will learn how powerful social psychological phenomena can contribute to the human capacity for brutality and cruelty. We will explore the roles of attitude formation, propaganda, prejudice, discrimination, scapegoating, aggression, bystander behavior, and more as we seek to come to terms with the events of the Holocaust and the behaviors of the individuals caught up in those events. Along the way we will learn lessons applicable to modern-day acts of human cruelty both large and small, and identify characteristics of societies that either facilitate or deter mass killings and genocides. 3 credits.

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PSY-222, Section 001

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Patricia Kress

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TypeLocationDate(s)Day / Time
LectureBrighton Campus
Building 11, Room 302
Aug 29th, 2022 – Dec 16th, 2022Tuesday, Thursday
9:30 am - 10:45 am
Type Lecture
Location Brighton Campus
Building 11, Room 302
Date(s) Aug 29th, 2022 – Dec 16th, 2022
Day / Time Tuesday, Thursday
9:30 am - 10:45 am