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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
SFM1026989, A.A. 2019/20

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SF1330, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
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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 INES TESTONI M-PSI/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/05 Social 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 45 105.0 No turn

Start of activities 23/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Elements of General Psychology and Social Psychology
Group and intergroup relationships
Attitudes, stereotypes and discrimination
Target skills and knowledge: Students will be able to work in psychosocial context, analyzing the interaction processes among groups and cultural communities.
The aim of the course is to supply the student with theoretical and methodological instruments for the analysis of ingroup end intergroup processes, by studying the main psychosocial processes which regulate the interaction between individuals and their social environment. Particular importance is given to the relationship between community psychology and dynamics management in work groups and group works, by centering the analysis on the communication processes in content elaboration vis-à-vis the psychological and educational relationship. A particular attention will be offered to the gender studies and the problem of gender violence. This field has many different forms: the psychosocial and sociological point of view proposes that in gender studies, the term "gender" should be used to refer to the social and cultural constructions of masculinities and femininities.
An integrative module with practical laboratory experience is envisaged.
1) Theories and foundations of group/community/systemic psychology.
2) Social networks and social support.
3) Teamwork and workgroup settings.
4) Community of practice and knowledge based community.
5) Interpgroup processes and cultural dynamics

Monographic section
The monographic part considers the death studies and the organization of the palliative care network and suicide prevention.
Examination methods: The exam is divided into two parts:
a) The first form of evaluation concerns the students' ability to address the psychosocial problem of gender discrimination, in particular violence against women, through teamwork and peer learning. The ability to cooperate with the team-mates is evaluated, as well as the commitment to produce a final review (documented with a paper) that also presents the project idea.
(b) the second form of evaluation will be a written test with open questions. Questions will be related to the core nodes indicated in Syllabus. There are 4 questions for the part related topart of group psychology and community psychology; 4 questions for the psychosocial part. Pure factually questions are not presented but questions that allow students to demonstrate their competence in a critical way.
Both evaluations are in thirtieths.
The mathematical mean between the two assessments corresponds to the final result of the examination.
c) For those who do not attend the examination will be conducted in writing, with open questions about all the texts that they will have to study. The questions are not notional but will require the student to demonstrate the ability to think critically and to make connections between different conceptual aspects.
Assessment criteria: Critical skills in the analysis of social problems from the psychological and cultural perspectives;
Ability to contextualize the problems following the top-down and bottom-up models;
Assumption of the integrated perspective for the group and the community interventions;
Understand and apply gender studies, intercultural and fundamental human rights perspectives in order to empower minority groups.
Course unit contents: The course is divided into two parts: the first examines themes related to relationships within groups, between groups and systems. Particular attention is dedicated to systemic psychology and community intervention. The second part analyzes the social worker's role within the health care, providing in particular focus on the theme of death and dying. They are then taken into account aspects of psychology, sociology and philosophy of religion and death; funerary rituals and symbolic of death; Terror Management Theory; attachment theory; Palliative Care and Medical Humanities Approach, Narrative Medicine, multidisciplinary approach; Quality of life and management of pain / suffering in terminal illness; WHO and intervention network setting; Mourning, complicated grief and bereavement traumatic; Psychological intervention in the field of Thanatology and the clinic.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: In the theoretical classes the issues are dealt with in their general aspects. The student is required to go deeper into the issues by utilising the texts and the reading material recommended in class.
The classroom practice hours are dedicated to the in-depth study of the topics covered in the lesson, i.e. relating to group, community and intersistenic dynamics. A particular attitude will be dedicated to the theme of palliative care and the role of the social worker in this field. Audiovisual projections are carried out, practical exercises linked to famous experiments and simulations are carried out. Students are invited to participate actively and critically in the various educational proposals.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Robson C., Real World Research.. London: Wiley, --. Only for Erasmus studends Cerca nel catalogo
  • Testoni I, Mosso C.,, Dai gruppi alla comunit√†. Torino: Utet, --. Obbligatorio per frequentanti e per non frequentanti Cerca nel catalogo
  • Testoni I., L'ultima nascita. Torino: Borighieri, --. Obbligatorio per frequentanti e per non frequentanti Cerca nel catalogo
  • Testoni I., Dopo la notizia peggiore. Padova: Piccin, --. Solo per NON-frequentanti, Parti obbligatorie: Introduzione, capitoli: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Working in group
  • Action learning
  • Story telling
  • Art Based methods
  • Peer feedback
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being Reduced Inequalities Sustainable Cities and Communities Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions