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Social Psychology
First semester
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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The main objective is the acquisition of critical thinking in relation to specific case studies connected to the news (such as Rignano Flaminio as regards group dynamics, or Cittadella case as regards family conflicts). Other objectives are understanding, analyzing and interpreting social phenomena. At the end on the course the students will be able to develop autonomous professional judgment skills. Group discussion will have a significant role in the empowerment of the students skills through peer reviewing and comparison.

Course contents summary

The course is focused on the main group theories and explains studies and researches of social psychology and psychoanalytic approach.
The three monographs deal with themes linked to practical/concrete/operational aspects of group dynamics.

Historical and cultural changes of the family will be approached together with the new kinds of family structures. In particular, specific activities on the role and functions of the social assistant will be implemented.

Recommended readings


David G Myers Psicologia Sociale, ed. Mc Graw – Hill, 2009 Milano (cap. 1, cap 6, cap 8, cap 9, cap 11).

C. Gozzoli, C. Regalia, Migrazioni e Famiglie – percorsi, legami e interventi psicosociali, ed il Mulino 2005 Bologna.

C. Bencivenga, R. di Benedetto, S. Leone Strumenti operativi per CTU e periti in ambito psicoforense - Linee guida, approfondimenti e prassi vigenti, ed Maggioli, 2014, Santarcangelo di Romagna. ( Cap. 3, 4, 5, 6 , 9, 10, 13, 14).

Monographs counselled:

A Salvini, Ultrà – Psicologia del tifoso violento, ed Giunti 2004, Firenze – Milano

Claudio Bencivenga, Alessandro Uselli: Adolescenti e Comunità Terapeutiche tra trasformazioni e nuove forme di malessere - Casa ed. Alpes, Roma 2016.

L Migliorini, N Rania, L Venini, Gli adolescenti e la città. Ed Franco Angeli 2002 Milano

Teaching methods

Besides the frontal lessons documentaries on the course topics will be shown.
Students will be invited to provide personal researches, bibliographies and news articles on specific issues dealt during the lessons in order to apply their knowledge to specific contexts.

Assessment methods and criteria

Attending the lessons is strongly recommended.

The students who attend the lessons will be asked to prepare mid- term written reports on specific topics developed during the course studies.
Assessment at the term exams (written) will be objective-oriented and will test students' knowledge, their critical thinking and operational skills.
The final evaluation is considered satisfactory if the student proves a general knowledge of the syllabus topics, together with the ability of linking different themes.