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Define the concepts of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination.
Explain the differences between subtle and blatant bias.
Describe the impact of bias on the lives of individuals.
Evaluate at least two strategies that can be used to overcome social biases.

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Prejudice, Stereotype and Discrimination

Prejudice is the act of judging or already having an assumed 'true opinion' of someone or something even before coming to enough information and knowledge that can, at the very least, guarantee a fair and accurate judgement. Prejudice happens when we form certain ideas beforehand based on factors like our own culture and experience. Consider for example a jury member who feels very much that an accused is guilty because of the accused's race. This is what we consider racial prejudice. Stereotype is very much related to prejudice as stereotype is the notion of 'pigeonholing' people and groups to fit into our ideas and constructs about them. For instance, there exists in society a stereotype about 'Black gangsters'. What we know of them, from this stereotype is this - they are good for nothing, typically coming from problem families, recidivist criminals, usually dealing with drugs and illegal activities. This stereotype, when accepted by an individual as ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the topic of social bias, providing answers to the tasks/questions listed in the original problem (see above). resources are listed for further exploration of the topic, A word version is also attached.