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Does social psychology offer possible theories about reducing hostility between groups? Explain

Your final Key Assignment for this course will be an APA-style paper of 8–11 pages with a minimum of 6 references from scholarly literature.

Complete your final Key Assignment by adding the Part 2 tasks to the work you completed last week on Part 1. Please be sure to make revisions based on instructor and peer feedback given during Week 4.

Scenario

A young Mexican-American man and his wife recently relocated to an upscale neighborhood in the suburbs of Chicago. Although the man speaks with a strong accent, he is fluent in English. The man works for a corporation in the area, and his family makes the average income for those living within that region of the state. Unfortunately, while looking for an apartment to rent, the man has two encounters with potential landlords that leave him feeling frustrated and discriminated against. Upon meeting with the man in person, both landlords denied the man the ability to rent from their facilities. Upon returning to his wife after these encounters, the man complained about the “crooked and underhanded” landlords that he had met as well as the possibility of filing a formal complaint.

Part 1

Summarize the example above, and provide similar examples from your own research of current events. Some examples might include minority people being denied access to jobs, harsher punishment for people of color, and so forth. Feel free to use various media sources to obtain a variety of examples. Please cite and describe at least 3 examples in addition to the one provided above.

  • Include an account of each example and the people involved.
  • Describe the reactions of the public, if applicable.
  • Discuss cultural attitudes toward the minority people in your example that might be relevant in understanding your example.
  • Discuss cultural attitudes toward women and men that might be relevant in understanding these events.

Part 2

Deliverable Length: 4–6 pages

In Part 1, you explored examples of bias, discrimination, or prejudice. In Part 2, you will delve into the social psychology concepts and theories that underlie the examples you provided.

Include the following topics:

  • Prejudice and discrimination
    • Explain the social psychology theories related to prejudice and discrimination that are evident in your examples.
    • Why, according to social psychology, does discrimination occur?
    • Does social psychology offer possible theories about reducing hostility between groups? If so, do you think those ideas would be applicable to your examples?
  • Fundamental attribution error, the actor-observer effect, and belief in a just world
    • Explain the social psychology theories related to how individuals understand the causes of what happens to themselves and others.
    • When considering the people in your examples who were discriminated against, how do think they make sense of what happened to themselves and how others behaved?
    • When thinking about the people in your example, who did the discriminating, how do you imagine the discriminators make sense of their own actions?
  • Prosocial and helping behaviors
    • Often, people who experience prejudice or discrimination receive little assistance from others. Discuss the social psychology concepts that might help to explain this phenomenon
    • JUST NEED PART TWO OF THE ASSIGNMENT DONE.
    • HOWEVER IT HAS TO TOUCH BASES ON THE FIRST PART WHICH THREE EXAMPLES I CHOOSE WHERE TRANSGENDER, EDUCATION, RACIAL PROFILING.

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