Learning Objectives

  1. Define and explain prejudice and discrimination.


  2. Summarize and explain the different forms and dimensions of prejudice, and explain the theories and research related to each.


  3. Summarize and explain the sociology of prejudice, including the role of group competition and how prejudice persists through time.


  4. Describe and assess the seeming decline in “traditional” prejudice, and define and explain “modern” racism (is it replacing “traditional” prejudice?).


  5. Describe the volume and nature of modern hate crimes, and explain some possible reasons for their persistence.