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School of Psychology
SOCIAL, WORK AND COMMUNICATION PSYCHOLOGY
Course unit
SELF AND IDENTITY: FROM THE INDIVIDUAL TO THE SOCIAL SELF
PSN1032150, 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
SOCIAL, WORK AND COMMUNICATION PSYCHOLOGY (Ord. 2017)
PS1087, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SELF AND IDENTITY: FROM THE INDIVIDUAL TO THE SOCIAL SELF
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge MARIA ROSARIA CADINU M-PSI/05

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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
PSN1032150 SELF AND IDENTITY: FROM THE INDIVIDUAL TO THE SOCIAL SELF MARIA ROSARIA CADINU PS1089

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/05 Social Psychology 6.0

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

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic social psychology. Excellent English proficiency. Very consistent attendance is required.
Target skills and knowledge: The goal of the course is to analyze research in social psychology that focuses on the role of the self. In the first part of the class, we will focus on how the individual self affects social perception, attitudes and behavior. In the second part of the class, we will analyze the self as embedded in the social environment, with particular emphasis on the self as a member of social groups.
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.
Assessment criteria: A final written exam at the end of the course will constitute 50% of the final grade. Participation in class and the presentation and discussion of articles will make up for the remaining 50% of the final grade. Participation in class and critical thinking in discussing of empirical research is highly evaluated.
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
Planned learning activities and teaching 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 frontal lecture (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.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All class materials will be made available on-line. As a referral the following text is recommended:
Sedikides, C. Brewer M. (2001). Individual self, relational self, collective self. New York, NY, US: Psychology Press.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)