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School of Psychology
SOCIAL, WORK AND COMMUNICATION PSYCHOLOGY
Course unit
ANTHROPOLOGY APPLIED TO PSYCHOLOGY
PSN1032403, 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 ANTHROPOLOGY APPLIED TO PSYCHOLOGY
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 FRANCO VIVIANI 000000000000

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines BIO/18 Genetics 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

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 2017/18 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 VIVIANI FRANCO (Presidente)
MONDINI SARA (Membro Effettivo)
4 2016/17 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 VIVIANI FRANCO (Presidente)
MONDINI SARA (Membro Effettivo)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of psychobiology and cultural anthropology
Target skills and knowledge: Develop an understanding of how the subfields of anthropology interrelate. Become familiar with the origins of humans and their biological evolution.
Understand that categories of difference are not biologically based, but socially constructed (eg. race and gender). Have a sense of varied ways in the world that gender, "race" and other categories differ.
Gain a basic understanding of how and why cultural practices vary worldwide.
Develop an appreciation for cultural diversity.
Be able to apply a culturally relativistic way of thinking about cultural differences and know how to recognize and move beyond ethnocentrism.
Be able to critically apply anthropological concepts and methods to better understand students’ own cultures.
Understand the relevance of anthropology to psychology issues and problems.
Reflect on the meaning and purpose of anthropological thinking and practice in the various psychological domains.
Develop and apply critical thinking and observation skills.
Examination methods: Written exams, with multiple choice and open questions
Assessment criteria: The student will be evaluated not only on the basis of her/his active presence during the lesson, but also on the degree of knowledge regarding the main topics of the course s/he will be able to show during the exams.
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.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Mainly lectures. Any additional material (videos, pictures, artifacts or books) that would help the students understand and personalize the information will be furnished. Whenever possible, field trips to museums or local cultural centers will be organized.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Because anthropology includes a variety of topics, terms and names students may not be familiar with, copies of the different power point presentations will be furnished, together with glossaries, with the aim to assist the students’ retention of the material covered. On line sites of interest will be suggested as well.
Papers: Viviani F. (2010). Body studies: issues and trends. In: Int. J. Body Composition Res., Vol. 8, Suppl. S11-20 (The paper will be furnished on line).
Not compulsory texts: Damasio A.R. et al.(2001). Unity of Knowledge. New York Academy of Science, Vol. 935. Wilson E.O. (1996) The Unity of Knowledge, Knopf, New York.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)