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Title: Power, Status and Inequality
Course Section Number: GHL-219-02
Department: Global Health
Description: Differences in power and status can be found in almost every society around the world, from the most unequal to the most egalitarian ones. This course will provide an introduction to power and status by focusing on the theories and methods that contemporary psychologists use to understand these fundamental aspects of social life. First, we will explore who is more likely to gain power and status (e.g., personality characteristics of powerholders); the methods that people use to do so (e.g., asserting one's dominance or expertise); and the influence of power and status on basic psychological processes, such as attention, emotion, and perception. The second part of the course will review the potential consequences of power and status on various aspects of our lives, from decision-making and goal pursuit to interpersonal and intergroup relationships, as well as health and well-being. Throughout the course we will discuss not only how power and status dynamics give rise to inequality, but also how their effects may, in turn, be shaped by the degree of inequality in a given society. The course will involve lecture, discussion, and readings of relevant primary sources.
Credits: 1.00
Start Date: January 17, 2022
End Date: May 7, 2022
Meeting Information: 01/17/2022-05/06/2022 Lecture Monday, Wednesday, Friday 02:10PM - 03:00PM, Baxter Hall, Room 101
Faculty: Imami, Ledina

Course Status & Cross-Listings

Cross-list Group Capacity: 25
Cross-list Group Student Count: 24
Calculated Course Status: OPEN
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