AQA - Prejudice & Discrimination Revision

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Religious Studies Revision – Life Issues

Prejudice & Discrimination



Key Terms;

Ageism- discrimination on the grounds of being old, middle-aged or young

Community- people who work and live together so that everyone benefits

Discrimination- putting prejudiced thoughts into action

Equality- where everyone has the same value and importance

Harmony- to live peacefully with understanding and respect

Homophobia- discrimination on the grounds of sexuality

Justice- to treat people fairly

Positive Discrimination- benefits given to those who usually face negative discrimination

Prejudice- pre judge someone without evidence, negative thoughts

Racism- discrimination on the grounds of ethnicity/race

Religious Prejudice- prejudice on the grounds of faith or belief which can lead to discrimination

Sexism- discrimination on the grounds of being male or female

Tolerance- to accept people’s differences

Minority Rights- small groups within a society, laws exist to give these groups protection and rights and larger groups may discriminate against them

Multiculturalism- racial/social harmony brought by having many cultures within a society who understand and accept each other











Racism e.g. calling someone names because of the colour of their skin

Ageism e.g. not listening to someone’s opinion because of their age

Sexism e.g. refusing someone a job because of their gender

Homophobia e.g. someone being attacked because the attacker thinks they are gay

Religious Prejudice e.g. killing people of a certain faith because of what they believe



Upbringing – parents’ attitudes against a certain group are also believed by their children, so that the children behave in an unfair way towards that group of people

Bad experience – a bad experience with someone from a certain group may affect a person’s attitudes to others in the same group, leading to the belief that “they are all like that”

Media – biased coverage of an event may make someone form prejudiced attitudes, because they believe what the media said and take it as true for everyone in that group

Ignorance – judging someone or a group of people in a negative way without having any real knowledge about them

Scapegoating – blaming others as an excuse for a problem



Verbal – making a comment/joke

Physical – violent action towards a person

Abuse of Property – negative graffiti slogans

Discrimination by action – not employing someone and bullying












 -feelings of determination and being proud of who you are


-sense of community as people fight against discrimination


-sense of purpose


-can provide jobs and support to people under-represented in areas of society


-balancing up society, for example making sure all groups are fairly treated and represented in all aspects of society

-emotionally, feeling left out, lonely, depressed and even suicidal


-isolation within a community


-physically driven out the community


-sense of injustice


-loss of property and possessions


-death, the most extreme form


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