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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP5070159, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS2192, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND HEALTH
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE

Teacher in charge GARETH ANTHONY HALL

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-PSI/05 Social Psychology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 12/01/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 2018-1 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 CIPOLLETTA SABRINA (Presidente)
SPAGNOLLI ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
3 2017-2 24/02/2018 30/09/2018 CIPOLLETTA SABRINA (Presidente)
SPAGNOLLI ANNA (Membro Effettivo)
2 2017-1 02/10/2017 23/02/2018 HALL GARETH ANTHONY (Presidente)
SPAGNOLLI ANNA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: It is expected that students will have foundation level of Psychological literacy developed throughout Year 1.
Target skills and knowledge: This module examines how social psychology and in general, social behaviour and society influences how we conceptualise and come to understand what it means to be healthy, where our healthy attitudes come from, and how positive health prevention and promotion is becoming more social and interdisciplinary.

At the end of the course, students will:
1. Have mastered the contents exposed in the lectures, structured readings, and find and report on their own research papers.
2. Have a broad and critical understanding of how health and healthy behaviours and lifestyles are socially constructed
3. Be able to apply social psychological theories, research, and principles to everyday life concerning healthy lifestyles, and the study of health.
4. Be able to locate research, summarise research, and use research to apply to everyday life relating to health behaviours
5. Have an ability to work collaboratively to complete tasks.
Examination methods: Students in attendance:

• Will be examined by submitting a summary ‘portfolio’ of their weekly readings (guidance provided) and structured questions.

Students not in attendance:
• Will sit a final exam consisting of multiple choice and open questions based on the core text book.
Assessment criteria: Attending students will be assessed using the following criteria:

1. Understanding (research and critical skills)
2. Organization, presentation, and clarity
3. Application of Psychology to the real-world
4. Engaging writing
Course unit contents: The content of the class will be arranged around the core textbook, but will introduce range of research articles and sources from other disciplines (e.g., Sociology of medicine and health, Sports Psychology, Physiology, and popular culture readings and real-world case studies).

Indicative content:

Week 1: Why do we care about health and why is it social?
Week 2: How does health vary between genders, ethnicity, and social class?
Week 3: Determinants of health behaviours
Week 4: Health behaviours part I
Week 5: Health behaviours part II
Week 6: Modification of health behaviour
Week 7: Health prevention
Week 8: Health care, practice, and policy

Please use the above content as a guide to the structure of the course, but depending on the nature of discussions and research articles, I will adapt the class content to promote your interests and engagement, and develop your research and evidence based readings.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Each lecture period will be a mixture of traditional lecturing, seminars, and student collaborative learning. It will be essential that students work with each other and me when required to get the most from classes. Where appropriate class content will be supported by use of video and interactive resources.

Typically, but not always, the first hour of each class meeting will consist of formal lectures, followed by active participation of the students to resolve a problem, whereas the final hour part will be dedicated to the critical discussion of an article.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Materials for presentations and exercises will be adopted during the course. Further specific and detailed info about materials for attending students will be communicated during the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Stroebe, W., Social psychology and health (3rd ed.). United Kingdom,: Berkshire: McGraw-HIll., 2011. Cerca nel catalogo