OSHR 1085 - Psychology of Racial Prejudice: Unconscious Biases and Policing African Americans

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Psychological research has shown that prejudice against African Americans continues to be prevalent in America. Reviewing research since the 1930s, we learn there are unconscious negative associations to African Americans that include crime and weapons.

Research confirms more negative treatment of African Americans, beginning with black children receiving more severe punishments as early as preschool. Recent shootings of African Americans by police officers show the serious consequences of racial prejudice in America today. We learn about aspects of police training and recent research that shows how it contributes to or can prevent these shootings. An online test allows class participants to test their own unconscious biases.

There will be weekly assignments of press reports online that will be discussed in class. Other recommended online resources will be provided.

Reading: Banaji, Mahrarin and Greenwald, Anthony; Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, ISBN-13: 978-0553804645

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.