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Course unit
PSP6074610, A.A. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1735, Regulation 2014/15, A.Y. 2016/17
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Course unit English denomination PSYCHOLOGY, POWER AND MENTAL HEALTH
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
E-Learning website https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolapsicologia/course/view.php?idnumber=2016-PS1735-000ZZ-2016-PSP6074610-N0
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English

Teacher in charge ROBERTO DE VOGLI M-PSI/08

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/08 Clinical Psychology 6.0

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

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

Start of activities 27/02/2017
End of activities 01/06/2017
Schedule of classes See the schedule of the courses
Giorno Ora Aula Edificio
Orari_chiudi Monday 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2
  27/02/2017 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2
06/03/2017 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2
13/03/2017 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2
20/03/2017 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2
27/03/2017 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2
03/04/2017 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2
10/04/2017 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2
08/05/2017 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2
15/05/2017 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2
22/05/2017 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2
29/05/2017 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2
Orari_chiudi Wednesday 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2
  01/03/2017 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2
08/03/2017 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2
15/03/2017 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2
22/03/2017 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2
29/03/2017 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2
05/04/2017 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2
19/04/2017 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2
26/04/2017 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2
03/05/2017 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2
10/05/2017 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2
17/05/2017 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2
24/05/2017 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2
31/05/2017 17.30-19.30 4P PSICOLOGIA 2

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 2016 01/10/2016 30/09/2017 DE VOGLI ROBERTO (Presidente)
LENZI MICHELA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic statistics and ability to read and understand a peer-reviewed scientific article in English language.
Target skills and knowledge: The course contributes to strengthen the following students’ skills:

1. Identify basic theories, concepts and models investigating the role of power and power relations in psychology and mental health
2. Apply evidence-based reasoning to identify how thoughts, emotions and behaviors are affected by the Dominant Behavioral System (DBS)
3. Describe the role of power and the Dominant Behavioral System (DBS) in both the onset and solution of a range of psychopathologies
4. Write technical or professional paper on a topic of choice within the area of power psychology and mental health
5. Deliver oral presentation on a topic of choice within the area of area of power psychology and mental health
Examination methods: For those who attend lectures:

Students are responsible for a 10-page, double-spaced, final paper (not including references) that consists in either a case study related to a particular topic presented in the course or the development of a new hypothesis in the area of power, psychology and mental health. Students will also deliver an oral examination of their paper.

For those who do NOT attend lectures:

Oral exam on the basis of mandatory readings (see “additional notes about suggested readings”) for details.
Assessment criteria: Application and understanding of major topics contained in the references
Course unit contents: Part I. The Psychology of Power

• Power and Psychology
• Power Motivation, Social Influence and Mental Health
• Power in Interpersonal Relationships
• Social Environment, Power Motivation and Mental Health
• Cultural Hegemony, Power and Mind Control
• Corporate and State Psychopaths
• Capitalism, Neoliberalism and Psychopaths in Power
• Corporate Psychopaths and the Global Financial Crisis
• The Psychological Consequences of Money

Part II. The Psychopathologies of Power

• The Dominance Behavioral System (DBS) and its Components
• Psychopathologies of Power
• Heightened Dominance Motivation (“Omnipotence) and its Effects on Thoughts, Emotions and Behaviors
• Subordination and Submissiveness (“Impotence”) and their Effects on Thoughts, Emotions and Behaviors
• Psychopathologies of Heightened Dominance Motivation (“Omnipotence): Conduct Disorder, Antisocial Personality, Psychopathy, Mania and Narcissistic Personality Traits
• Psychopathologies of Subordination and Submissiveness (“Impotence”): Anxiety and Depression

Part III: The Power of Psychology

• Political Economy of Social Psychology
• Psychology Beyond Neoliberal Ideology
• Equity, Respect and Mental Health
• Sense of Justice, Empathy and Health
• Democracy, Power and Psychology
• Models of Society, Liberation Psychology and Wellbeing
• The Power of Humor (Political Satire) and Humility
• New Technologies (Social Media) and Psychological Resistance
• Psychology, Social Movements and Coalition Building
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course consists of lectures, classroom participation, reading presentations and group exercise and final paper presentations.

Students that attend this course are strongly encouraged to also attend the “Psychopathologies of Power Lab” for practical applications of the concepts developed in this course
Additional notes about suggested reading: There are no textbooks, but only readings (mostly peer-reviewed scientific articles). All readings will be available to be downloaded from the course website once you have registered for the course.

1. Simpson JA et al, Power and Social Influence in Relationships. In: Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology: vol. 3 2015 pp. 393-419.
2. Happer C and Philo G. The Role of the Media in the Construction of Public Belief and Social Change. Journal of Social and Political Psychology. 2013; 1(1):321-336.
3. Sturm RE and Antonakis J. Interpersonal Power: A Review, Critique and Research Agenda. Journal of Management, 2015.
4. Magee JC and Smith PK. The Social Distance Theory of Power. Personality and Social Psychology Review 2013.
5. Lammers J et al. Power Increases Hypocrisy: Moralizing in Reasoning, Immorality in Behavior. Psychological Science 2010.
6. Vohs KD, et al. The Psychological Consequences of Money. Science 2006;314:1154-1156.
7. Raven, Bertram H.; Schwarzwald, Joseph; Koslowsky, Meni (February 1998). "Conceptualizing and measuring a power/interaction model of interpersonal influence". Journal of Applied Social Psychology (Wiley) 28 (4): 307–332.
8. Gee T. Introduction. In: Counter Power Making Change Happen. Oxford: New Internationalist, 2011.
9. Zimbardo, P. G., Banks, W. C., Haney, C., & Jaffe, D. (1973, April 8). The mind is a formidable jailer: A Pirandellian prison. New York Times Magazine 38-60.
10. Keltner, D., Gruenfeld, D. H, & Anderson, C. (2003). Power, approach, and inhibition. Psychological Review, 110, 265-284.
11. Raven BH et al. Conceptualizing and Measuring a Power/Interaction Model of Interpersonal Influence Having a Thicker Skin: Social Power Buffers the Negative Effects of Social Rejection. 2006.
12. Lammers J et al. To Have Control Over or to Be Free From Others? The Desire for Power Reflects a Need for Autonomy. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 2016.
13. Blader S and Ya-Ru Chen. Differentiating the Effects of Status and Power: A Justice Perspective. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2012.
14. Gwinn JD et al. Less power = less human? Effects of Power Differentials on Dehumanization. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 2013.
15. Cattaneo LB et al. Status Quo versus Status Quake: Putting the Power Back in Empowerment. Journal ofCommunity Psychology 2014.
16. Johnson SL et al. The Dominance Behavioral System and Psychopathology: Evidence from Self_Report, Observational and Biological Studies Psychological Bulletin, 2012.
17. Prilleltensky, I. The role of power in wellness, oppression, and liberation: The promise of psychopolitical validity. Journal of Community Psychology, 2008 36, 116–136.
18. Sugarman J. Neoliberalism and psychological ethics. Journal of Theoretical and Pshilosophical Psycholigy 2015.
19. Grose R et al. Power, Overview. In Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology 1474-1479
20. Burton M. Liberation Psychology. In Handbook of Critical Psychology 2015.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)