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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Gender equality Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2019/2020

Course contents

Inequalities, prejudices and stereotypes in the discourses and everyday live.

The laboratory focuses on the study of prejudice and racist ideology within the large intercultural issues and cultural differences. The psychosocial approach to the study of these concepts is divided into three basic topics: prejudice and stereotypes, their reduction, the discourse. The workshop also aims to address some key themes: 1) the mental structures that shape our ideologies and beliefs; 2) the relationship between the groups and institutions that come into play in the development and reproduction of discrimination between groups; 3) the ways in which texts and everyday conversations (re) produce, sometimes quite subtle and veiled, prejudicial attitudes that aim to social exclusion.
During the workshop will be analyzed theoretically and through practical examples in particular the press, but also social networks, the distinctive characteristics of racist ideology and prejudice and its manifestations in the discourse.


Books suggested are: van Dijk, T.A. (2004) Ideologie. La costruzione sociale del pregiudizio, Roma, Carocci. Villano P. (2013) Pregiudizi e stereotipi", Roma, Carocci.

Is also be useful the book of Tipaldo G. (2014) L'analisi del contenuto e i mass media, Bologna, Il Mulino.

Teaching methods

During the laboratory teacher will introduce the topic of the day and together, through psychological games, movies or questions, we will discuss some phenomena object of the laboratory.

Assessment methods

The evaluation criteria used will be the active participation to the laboratory and the individual contribution in the work carried out in the group.

It is contemplated a final work to be carried out in small groups at home (a brief analysis of discursive material chosen by students) with collective presentation during the last lesson

Teaching tools

Slides, movies, group works, discussions.

Office hours

See the website of Paola Villano