Prejudice, discrimination, and the diversity challenge

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 persisting 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?

This summer school will address these questions through lectures from keynote speakers in social psychology. The social-psychological analysis will be complemented by talks in law and economy, class discussion, and group presentations. It will focus on contemporary cases of prejudice based on various group memberships and stigmatizing attributes, such as race, religion, gender, sexuality, age, social class, disability, and unemployment.

This summer school is a unique opportunity to meet practitioners from different organizations in Geneva and to learn about implemented policies aiming to reduce discriminations and promote diversity in the workplace.


This summer school will introduce participants to:

  • the basic research and theories about stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination from the social, cognitive, and organizational psychological perspectives
  • laws protecting individuals from prejudice and discrimination in the workplace
  • the economic analysis of labor market discrimination
  • strategies and policies to prevent and reduce prejudice in the workplace


This Summer School is organised in collaboration with Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (University of Geneva), Equal Opportunities Office (University of Geneva), Research Service (University of Geneva), High School of Social Work (HETS-Geneva), and Office for Gender Equality and Prevention of Domestic Violence (State of Geneva).


This course is designed for:

- Practitioners

- Bachelor, Master, PhD students, and advanced researchers from various backgrounds.


Course Credits

Equivalence of 3 ECTS

Students will be provided with a Certificate of Completion for their course if they satisfy attendance.

Please note that this is not an official University of Geneva transcript, as Geneva Summer Schools courses are not accredited University of Geneva courses. It is the students’ responsibility to validate their course for credit at their home university before commencing the summer school, as specified in our Regulations.


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Please note: Changes to the draft program may be made at any time prior to the start of the course.


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Final Deadline 31 May 2018

Professionals: 1,200 CHF*

For all students (UNIGE inlcuded) : 700 CHF*

Only for students from the Faculty FAPSE from UNIGE: 500 CHF



*Including 100 CHF non refundable administrative fees

Course Directors:

Dr. Klea Faniko

Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
University of Geneva


Prof. Didier Grandjean

Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
University of Geneva


Prof. Fabio Lorenzi-Cioldi

Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
University of Geneva


Prof. Juan Manuel Falomir Pichastor

Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
University of Geneva


Program assistant:

Pauline Westerbarkey


Student assistant:

Aline Monnard