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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSN1032142, A.A. 2017/18

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS1842, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CLASSICS OF PSYCHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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

Teacher in charge CHIARA MENEGHETTI M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses M-STO/04 Contemporary History 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method distance e-learning

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

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

Prerequisites: The student should have a sufficient command of English to be able to studying some articles and extracts written in English
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to introduce the students to the authors, experiments and classical approaches of psychology. These authors and approaches have had a fundamental role in defining the experimental methods and other aspects currently forming the objects of research in psychology (such as memory, perception, mental images, thinking, the self). The relationships between classic and modern methods will be introduced and tested. Students will also further their knowledge by searching the classic writings (in volumes and papers) at the library and using databases.
Examination methods: A written exam will be involved.
The exam includes:
1) open questions
2) multiple choice and true/false questions

All of the material, i.e. course material and the book “Experiments in Psychology”, will be tested in the exam; see below for information on the reference list for the exam)
Assessment criteria: The assessment criteria will concern:
1) specific knowledge deriving from the study of the material by means of multiple-choice and true/false questions;
2) the ability to summarize and discuss the specific content of the course by means of open questions
For students attending the course, they will also concern:
3) the competence to prepare a paper and/or supplementary report on authors and/or classic research in the field of psychology
4) involvement in course-related activities (handing in course work and attending forums)
Course unit contents: Course content: introduction to some of the main authors who have influenced the birth and development of psychology from the early 20th century onwards, e.g. the assumptions and methodology defined by Wundt and James; several authors and their research on cognitive aspects are presented, such as Ebbinghaus and Bartlett for the study of memory, Watson and Tolman on behavioral principles, Galton as a precursor for studies on mental images, Piaget for his theory on how thinking has developed.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is online via the moodle platform (; Classics of psychology academic year 2017/2017)

The course is organized into modules and each module is divided into three parts:
1. materials for the study (video, video lessons, Word documents and Powerpoint files)
2. tools for active participation in the classroom (forums and activities)
3. tests on learning gains

Materials for further study are provided for some modules.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The course is based on the study of the following course material: “Autori, scritti ed esperimenti classici della psicologia” (latest revision "settembre 2017"). The course material is available from the printing room at the “Metelli” library (via Venezia, 12/2 - 35131 Padova;
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • D’Urso, V. e Giusberti, F., Esperimenti di psicologia.. Bologna: Zanichelli, 2000. Cerca nel catalogo