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Course unit
GIN1031954, A.A. 2019/20

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
LAW (Ord. 2017)
GI0270, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PSICHOLOGY OF JUDICE AND DECISION MATIC
Department of reference Department of Public, International and Community Law
E-Learning website
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 ENRICO RUBALTELLI M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-PSI/01 General Psychology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 23/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 A.A. 2019/20 sede di Padova 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 RUBALTELLI ENRICO (Presidente)
LOTTO LORELLA (Membro Effettivo)
RUMIATI RINO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: There is no particular requirement.
Target skills and knowledge: This course will allow students to get the relevant knowledge to understand how the cognitive system works when people make judgments and decisions. In particular, students will learn which cognitive mechanisms are involved in the evaluation of why events and behaviors emerge, evaluation which is based on cognitive, affective, and contextual factors that influence decision-making in everyday life as well as in the specific context of the law.
Examination methods: The final exam will be an written test.
Assessment criteria: The students' grade will depend on the outcome of the final exam. In-class exercise are possible for the students who attend regularly, but this will depend on the number of students attending the lectures. In this case, the evaluation, only for the students attending the lectures, will include the outcome of the in-class exercises. The grade will therefore be the outcome of the final plus the outcome of the exercises, if the excersise will be carried out.
Course unit contents: The course will intially describe how people reason and the most recent theories of decision-making. We will start with the dual-process theories of thinking and then analyze the normative theory (expected utility theory) and the descriptive theory (prospect theory) of judgment and decision-making.
Then fallacies in memory, reasoning, and judgment will be outlined. These fallacies include, why we forget important information and how memory works, mental models, Bayes theorem, counterfactual thinking, and heuristics (representativeness, availability, and anchoring). These subjects will be analyzed both reporting classical psychological experiments and studies recently run in the field of behavioral law (i.e., studies on witnessing).
The course will then touch on a series of phenomena linked to the way our brain makes decisions such as framing and endowment effect. The students will learn about reason-based choices, affect-based choices, and context effects (attraction, compromise, and joint verus separate evaluation). Again, there will be plenty of law-based examples as well as reporting of classical psychological work.
Finally, group decision-making will be described, in particular with a focus on the errors araising from collective decisions and how to reduce such errors.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: This course will be based on class lectures in which there will be not only the presentation of theories and phenomenon relevant to judgment and decision-making but also in-class discussion of experimental data.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The student must choose between the two books listed below the one he/she wants to use to prepare the final exam.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Rumiati, R. e Bona, C., Dalla Testimonianza alla Sentenza. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2019. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Bona, C. e Rumiati. R., Psicologia Cognitiva per il Diritto. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Peer feedback
  • Use of online videos

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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