SELF AND IDENTITY: FROM THE INDIVIDUAL TO THE SOCIAL SELF

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

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: Second Semester

Lecturer: MARIA ROSARIA CADINU

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6


Syllabus
Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic social psychology. Excellent English proficiency. Very consistent attendance is required.
Examination methods: The class will be run as a seminar in which international research on the self will be discussed. Therefore, students are expected to play an active role in the class. During each class meeting, the first hour will consist of a lecture by the professor (with active participation of the students), whereas the second hour will be dedicated to the critical discussion of an article. Students will be divided into teams taking opposite stands, either defending or criticizing a given article. A final written exam at the end of the course will constitute 50% of the final grade. The presentation and discussion of articles will make up for the remaining 50% of the final grade.
Course unit contents: 1. Self-schema vs. self esteem, implicit vs. explicit self,
individual vs. collective self.
2. The self as an anchor: Searching and elaborating self-relevant information.
3. Objective self-awareness.
4. Self-regulation, Self-handiccapping, Learned helplessness.
5. Threats to the self. Compensatory biases (Cialdini), Self-affirmation theory.
6. Self and the body. Body self-esteem. Objectification theory by Fredrickson & Robert.
7. Self and other (Aron), Self and partners (Smith).
8. Self anchoring & self projection.
9. Symbolic self- presentation theory (Wicklund & Brehm).
10 Self and social identity theory (SIT), Self-categorization Theory (SCT)
11. Self-stereotyping