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School of Medicine
HEALTH PROFESSIONS OF REHABILITATION SCIENCES
Course unit
WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
MEP4067234, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
HEALTH PROFESSIONS OF REHABILITATION SCIENCES
ME1868, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Website of the academic structure https://www.medicinamolecolare.unipd.it
Department of reference Department of Molecular Medicine
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in HEALTH PROFESSIONS OF REHABILITATION SCIENCES

Lecturers
Teacher in charge SAMANTHA SERPENTINI
Other lecturers MARILENA FRISONE
VALERIA ORSO M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-DEA/01 Population Studies, Ethnography and Anthropology 3.0
Core courses M-PSI/06 Psychology of Work and Organisations 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 9.0 90 135.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 Commissione 2016/17 01/10/2016 30/04/2018 SERPENTINI SAMANTHA (Presidente)
FRISONE MARILENA (Membro Effettivo)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Knowledge and skills in the following disciplines: general psychology, clinical psychology and health psychology.

CULTURAL ANTROPOLOGY
English language skill B1 level, according to Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFRL).
Target skills and knowledge: WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Learning objectives:
-to provide the student with the ability to analyze and interpret the individual and inter-individual dynamics associated with the workplace and with the specific organizational features of the same with particular reference to the health care context;
-to foster the acquisition of tools to operate professionally in the services addressed to people, groups and organizations, taking into account innovations related to gender analysis and cultural differences.

CULTURAL ANTROPOLOGY
At the end of the course the student will acquire the following skills:
Knowledge and comprehension:
The student will get a general understanding of what anthropology is, of the different subfields of the discipline (medical, linguistic, cultural etc.), of its main theoretical concerns, as well as of the main topics investigated by cultural anthropology, and its research methods.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
The student will also have the opportunity to learn and apply research methods in small-scale exercises in class, and discuss their suitability to the case.
Making judgements:
The student will develop the ability to choose and frame possible research topics to be investigated from an anthropological perspective, and will develop the ability to connect them to broader theoretical issues, as well as to decide on the appropriate research methods to be used.
Communication skills:
The student will develop the ability to present his/her research to the class and to construct arguments that can justify the choice of specific research topics as well as methods.
Learning skills:
The student will be able to critically read and analyze ethnographic accounts and to compare different case-studies. He/she will also learn how to conduct participant observation.
Examination methods: WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Written examination; report on topic agreed with the teacher.

CULTURAL ANTROPOLOGY
Brief anthropological account (four to five pages) of a short-term ethnography on a topic to be agreed in advance with the convener of the course.
Assessment criteria: WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
The assessment of the student's preparation will be based on the understanding of the arguments, the acquisition of the concepts and the methodologies proposed and the ability to apply them autonomously and consciously.

CULTURAL ANTROPOLOGY
Structure of the paper, accuracy and detail of the ethnographic description, research and references, appropriateness of research methods, critical understanding and analysis of the ethnographic material.
Course unit contents: WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
The course is aimed at deepening the following themes:
•the most important theories of work and organizational theories
•the most important theories of motivation
•well-being and valorisation of the person
•psychological education in organizations and workplaces
•selection and evaluation of staff
•group psychology
•problems of conflict and cooperation
•psychology of prejudice
•communication and persuasion
•emotions in social processes
•organizational models and intervention strategies in the healthcare field.

CULTURAL ANTROPOLOGY
- Introduction to anthropology and its subfields, with specific emphasis on cultural anthropology.
- Introduction to research methods in anthropology.
- Analysis of the concepts of “body” and “well-being”.
- Main topics in medical anthropology and analysis of a specific case-study.

WORKING GROUPS MANAGEMENT AND TECHNIQUES
1. Introducing teamwork: definition, core components and general
considerations
2. Forming and developing teamwork
3. Training the team and assessing the performance
4. Leading the team
5. Effective communication and management of conflicts
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Within the training course is also given great importance to the interdisciplinary education of pedagogical, philosophical, sociological and anthropological perspective.
The following teaching methods and learning activities are foreseen:
-frontal lessons for the theoretical illustration of the topics discussed;
-journal club aimed at the theoretical and practical analysis of a particular topic chosen by the student through the review and the presentation in class of a study published in international scientific literature;
-group work aimed at theoretical and practical analysis and discussion of proposed content;
-in-depth labs with video material viewing.

CULTURAL ANTROPOLOGY
- Brain storming on key concepts.
- Discussions in pairs and with the class on specific topics.
- Group exercises concerning the production research design.
- Group analysis of advertisements and other visual cultural productions focused on the body.
- Vision of an ethnographic film, followed by discussion.
Additional notes about suggested reading: WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
They will be indicated by the teacher at the beginning of the course.

CULTURAL ANTROPOLOGY
References will be provided during the course, together with a summary of the main topics explored during the lectures.
Tailored suggestions will be provided to students once they have chosen their research topic for the short-term ethnographic exercise.

WORKING GROUPS MANAGEMENT AND TECHNIQUES
Suggested textbook: Mosser, G., & Begun, J. W. (2013). Understanding teamwork in health care. McGraw Hill Professional.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)