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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
SUSTAINABLE TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT
Course unit
GROUP DYNAMICS AND TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING (MOD. A)
SUP7081022, 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
SUSTAINABLE TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT
IA2384, 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 GROUP DYNAMICS AND TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING (MOD. A)
Website of the academic structure http://www.dissgea.unipd.it/
Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
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 ALESSIO SURIAN M-PSI/03

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge
SUP7081020 GROUP INTERACTION AND DYNAMICS (C.I.) ALESSIO SURIAN

Mutuating
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
SUP4068084 GROUP DYNAMICS AND TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING ALESSIO SURIAN SU2297

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-PED/03 Special Didatics and Pedagogy 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 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

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

Syllabus

Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of interpersonal communication and community planning issues.
Target skills and knowledge: Learning outcomes: The course aims at developing students competences concerning five main areas of community work. therefore, at the end of the course the students will have enhanced competences in relation to:
Understanding socio-economic change and its relation with transformative learning and group dynamics
Understanding and applying the three dimensions of learning
Applying proper questioning to facilitate territorial learning as relational activity.
Understanding and facilitating shared leadership in relation to the three dimensions of group communication
facilitating cooperative learning as territorial and participatory activity.

Contents: Socio-economic change and its relation with transformative learning and group dynamics
The three dimensions of learning
Territorial learning as relational activity: the role of questioning
Shared leadership and the three dimensions of group communication
Cooperative learning as territorial and participatory activity: the role of the future dimension
Examination methods: In order to pass the final exam each student is asked to post onto a forum in the moodle platform an essay on a local project outlining and discussing the communication, community, and participatory dimensions.
Assessment criteria: Students essays are checked in relation to the key community communication practices and models as outlined in Tufte T., Mefalopulos P., Participatory Communication. A Practical Guide. Washington: World Bank, 2009. http://siteresources.worldbank

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: A broad foundation of knowledge relating to sustainability issues, including key principles and the main debate issues, including its contested and expanding boundaries.
Problem solving skills in a non-reductionist manner for complex real life problems.
Ability to think creatively and holistically and to make critical judgements.
Ability to provide feed-back and to develop self-reflection (both personal and professional).
Ability to identify, understand, evaluate and adopt values conducive to sustainability.
Ability to bridge the gap between theory and practice, in promoting and facilitating participatory methodologies within
sustainable and transformational territorial planning.
Ability to participate creatively in interdisciplinary teams.
Ability to initiate and manage change
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Blended learning (making use of Moodle course) including:
Introduction to three learning dimensions (Illeris), transformative learning key issues (Freire, Taylor), socio-cultural perspectives (Gramsci, Vygotsky), Knowledge Management, Cooperative Learning
Self-managed interactive and small-group exercises
Survey and inquiries
Video-logs
Drafting of project proposal
Additional notes about suggested reading: Tufte T., Mefalopulos P., Participatory Communication. A Practical Guide. Washington: World Bank, 2009. http://siteresources.worldbank
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Tufte T., Mefalopulos P., Participatory Communication. A Practical Guide. Washington: World Bank, 2009. http://siteresources.worldbank