After completing the course students are expected to
• know the theoretical and research approaches in the field of majority and minority influence
• know the theoretical and research approaches in the field of relations between minority and majority grous in the modern world
• comprehend and appoach with critical thinking the multiplicity that characterises the relations among minority and majority groups
• be able to connect psychosocial theories with real life events
Course Content (Syllabus)
Minority formation, dynamics of relations among minorities and majorities in socio-historical contexts (eg Europe) are the main issues discussed during the lectures-seminars.
More specifically the course focuses on:
I. Socio-historical context and minority formation in Europe and in America. New trends of ethnic group autonomy after the war. Economic crisis in Greece and Europe and new forms of migration.
II. Minority majority relations in the context of intergroup dynamics: Criteria of minority definitions- historical, political and social dimensions, Classic and modern social theories.
III. Sociopsychological approaches to minority studies: potential and deficiencies, from experiment and social influence to ideology, macro and micro approaches
IV. Minority in the modern world: Human rights and violations