ANTHROPOLOGY APPLIED TO PSYCHOLOGY

Second cycle degree in SOCIAL, WORK AND COMMUNICATION PSYCHOLOGY (Ord. 2017)

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: Second Semester

Lecturer: FRANCO VIVIANI

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6


Syllabus
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of psychobiology and cultural anthropology
Examination methods: Written exams, with multiple choice and open questions
Course unit contents: Anthropology, the study of humanity past and present, has in Italy four main subdivisions:
a) Physical Anthropology: The study of the human physical variation; b) Ethnology: The crosscultural study of today's societies; c) Cultural Anthropology: The study of cultural variation among humans; and, d) Social anthropology: The study on how contemporary human beings behave in social groups.
From these viewpoints, the discipline brings together studies of peoples into a meaningful whole. Because of this orientation, anthropology is steadily growing in importance in education, industry, business, and national and international government, as well as in politics. The course is devoted to a better understanding of the human experience from an anthropological perspective. It offers a holistic approach; it pursues an understanding of persons, their lives and experience, based on the knowledge of society and culture, of biology and psychology, that have been developed within anthropology. It offers students the opportunity to explore how human and nonhuman social behavior and psychology are shaped by interlocking processes of natural and sexual selection, social transmission, and individual learning. Emphasis is upon the interrelations of biological, psychological, and socio-cultural forces at different points in the life cycle.