Summer School «Prejudice, Discrimination, and the Diversity Challenge»

Who is the course for?

Bachelor and Master's students, Ph.D. candidates, researchers, as well as professionals from various backgrounds who are interested in prejudice and discrimination.

Course description

Prejudice and discrimination are often causes of individuals’ suffering, social inequalities, and human conflicts in contemporary societies. Prejudice and discrimination are pervasive, difficult to counteract, and persist even in unsuspected contexts and organizations.

This summer school brings together experts and students from different countries to examine the origins and the consequences of prejudice. Where does prejudice come from? How do prejudice and discrimination affect people’s achievements, performances, and well-being? How can institutions reduce prejudice? How do laws prevent prejudice and protect minorities? What are the advantages of the inclusion of minority groups in the labor market?

We will address questions through lectures from keynote speakers in social psychology. The social-psychological analysis will be complemented by talks from other disciplines such as economy, law, social work, gender studies etc. Teaching methods include individual readings, class discussions, group exercises, and presentations. It will focus on contemporary cases of prejudice based on various group memberships and stigmatizing attributes, such as ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, social class, disability, and unemployment.

This course is a unique opportunity to meet practitioners from different organizations in Geneva and to learn about implemented policies aiming at reducing discrimination and promoting diversity in the workplace.

Learning outcomes

  • Define the basic concepts and theories about stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, and diversity from the perspectives of different disciplines (social psychology as well as the economy, law, social work, gender studies etc).
  • Use this theoretical framework to critically analyze societal and social phenomena involving ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, social class, disability, and unemployment etc.
  • Identify policies to prevent and reduce prejudice and discrimination in different settings (the workplace, university) and assess the potential transfer of these policies to their own context
  • Prepare and deliver a presentation about a specific form of stereotyping, prejudice, or discrimination taking into their own cultural, professional, and educational background.

This Summer School is organized in collaboration with Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences and Equal Opportunities and Diversity Office (both University of Geneva).


17 June 2024 – 21 June 2024


Université de Genève, 24 rue du Général-Dufour, 1211 Genève 4