Teaching resources

Below are free teaching resources organized under the following themes: Developmental psychology, social and cognitive psychology, and general overviews of racism and its intersections.

Developmental psychology 
Developmental psychology lecturers can teach how racism and white privilege are related to development over the life course for BME and white people respectively. Such teaching can fit into a wider curriculum on how the socipolitical affects the individual’s learning, development, interaction with others and in particular how systems of disadvantage and advantage  influence this (e.g., racism, sexism, their intersections etc.). The following resources are a useful start to provide this.

  • Burman, E. (2007). Deconstructing developmental psychology (2nd EImage result for deconstructing developmental psychologyd). London: Routledge. Burman explores popular developmental theories and maps these onto the actual lived realities of children. She unpacks the way these developmental psychologies repopruce racism and particularly sexism. 
  • de Royston M. M. & Nasir, N. S (2017). Racialized learning ecologies: Understanding race as a key feature of learning and developmental processes in schools (pg. 258 – 286). In new perspectives on human development. Budwig, N. Turiel, E. & Zelazo, P. D. (Eds.). New York: Cambridge UNiversity press. Chapter explores how ‘learning ecologies’ are racialized and “how race organizes society and effectively structures and influences human development and learning”.
  • Spencer, M. B. (2017). Privilege and critical race perspectives’ intersectional contributions to a systems theory of human development (pg. 287-312). Budwig, N. Turiel, E. & Zelazo, P. D. (Eds.). New York: Cambridge University press. Chapter “Privilege and critical race perspectives’ intersectional contributions to a systems theory of human development”.
  • Ghavami, N., Katsiaficas, D., & Rogers, L. O. (2016). Toward an Intersectional Approach in Developmental Science: The Role of Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Immigrant Status. Advances In Child Development And Behavior, 50, 31–73. https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.acdb.2015.12.001. Chapter reviews research on intersectional models of social disadvantage and how these relate to childhood and youth development. 

Cognitive & social psychology 
Lecturers may wish to critique social cognitive models of racism (as individualizing, victim blaming etc.) and from there introduce critical race theory that better details the breath and depth of racism. The following resources may help with this.

Overviews, introductions and intersections of racism

This is a 90 minute lecture delivered on the MSc Psychology Conversion course at Leeds Beckett University designed by Dr Glen Jankowski. It can be delivered and/or edited freely for educational purposes. The link below includes slides with an overview, learning objectives (see below) and reading list. The slides include infographics, images and source links from a variety of online sources primarily demonstrating structural racism. A script is not available and it is suggested you use the slides as a prompt only.

Learning objectives

  • To understand the social construction of race
  • To analyze and synthesize both historical and contemporary forms of racism in order to define racism
  • To apply this understanding to consider the impact of racism on individuals and groups
  • To assess the ways in which racism intersects with other societal oppressions. A short quiz at the end of the lecture is recommended to assess student’s learning. Poll Everywhere is a recommended online quiz resource. The following screenshot captures some MSc student responses from one question:racism examples
  • Lecture: How racism and class intersect

As above, this is a 90 minute lecture delivered on the MSc Psychology Conversion course at Leeds Beckett University designed by Dr Glen Jankowski. It can be delivered and/or edited freely for educational purposes. The link below includes slides with an overview, learning objectives (see below), short quiz and reading list. The slides include infographics, images and source links from a variety of online sources primarily demonstrating the intersection of class and racism. A script is not available and it is suggested you use the slides to prompt your lecture.

Learning objectives:

  • To identity and understand the intersections of class and racism
  • To apply this understanding to key wealth building areas: education, property and income.

General resources

Free resources for educators, primarily for those who work with children from early childhood through to high school/college but with content that can be used and applied to Higher Education.  Their materials are used to supplement curriculums and inform practices; not limited to race and racism, Teaching Tolerance has content on ability, religion, class, gender, sexual identity, immigration, bullying and bias, and rights and activism.  Some examples of content are Teaching about race, racism and police violence and Discussing Whiteness.

Checklist that can be used in seminar activities with students to highlight aspects of everyday white privilege.

Share teaching resources

If you would like to share any teaching resources that could be use to further develop a curriculum away from its White, Western bias (e.g., through content demonstrating the structural system of racism or through content on psychology outside of the West) please use our Contact page or email g.jankowski@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.