Short (2-5 minute) presentation assignments for diversity or prejudice/discrimination classes.
Students report about something they did that was outside of their comfort zone that gives them insight into how the social world looks to members of other social groups. The experience is then related to the social psychological literature on prejudice and discrimination.
The purpose of this assignment is to familiarize students with people who have made a difference in areas related to diversity. These people have made contributions to psychology or other disciplines, the local community, and/or in U.S. history. The students' task is to research their assigned person(s) and make a brief (5-minute) presentation describing their assigned person's work/professional life.
This presentation assignment, created by Jenn Goetz from Centre College, serves as a "jumping off" point for discussion, allows students to creatively and informally connect concepts from the class to their everyday lives and builds a shared culture in the classroom.
Students describe an example of prejudice and discrimination in the media. It can be prejudice against a specific person/group or be based on a person's actions or statements. Students describe how social psychological theory can explain the action.
Students share a research study that interests them with their classmates. Students present a summary of a research article on a topic of their choice. The article should be from a scientific journal.
This presentation is modeled on the Stopwatch Science presentations of Shankar Vedantam and Daniel Pink (from the Hidden Brain podcast). Students describe the results of a research study in 1-2 minutes.