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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSN1030577, 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
PS1085, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
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 ROBERTA MAERAN M-PSI/06

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/06 Psychology of Work and Organisations 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 MAERAN ROBERTA (Presidente)
BOCCATO ANGELO (Membro Effettivo)
PINATO SILVIA (Membro Effettivo)
ZAMPERINI ADRIANO (Membro Effettivo)
6 2017/18 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 MAERAN ROBERTA (Presidente)
BOCCATO ANGELO (Membro Effettivo)
PINATO SILVIA (Membro Effettivo)
ZAMPERINI ADRIANO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: As it is a first-year course, the only pre-requisites are general notions of psychology and social sciences.
Target skills and knowledge: The objective of the course is to provide the student with a basic preparation, starting from the historical foundations of Work and Organizational Psychology. The student shall acquire specific knowledge in relation to the main areas of studying the discipline (the areas indicated in the contents).
The student shall develop critical and interpretative skills needed to reflect on the themes that characterize the relationship among people-work-organizations and more generally on social themes. Applying the skills learned, knowing how to clearly and effectively communicate, using the correct terminology of the sector with both specialists and nonprofessionals.
At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to autonomously further explore what he or she has learned, to use the basic knowledge as a starting “platform” in order to reach a broader judgement autonomy.
Examination methods: The exam will written. The student will be asked to answer open questions. The questions will deal with the main themes analyzed in the course; students may be asked to discuss a theory, to report the main contributions of an author, or to describe the phases of intervention processes within organizations (for example, selection).
Assessment criteria: The evaluation criteria can be summarized in the following:
- the correctness, accuracy and completeness of the response (ex. indicating the main authors’ names, presenting models), the use of the terminology of the sector.
Answers can also be given in an outline form, but they must prove to be the result of the student’s revision.
Course unit contents: The course will develop the following contents:
- Historical evolution and organizational context
- The main applicative sectors
- The role of the work psychologist
- The methods and tools of work psychology
- The person-work relationship: meaning, centrality, importance, involvement in work
- Motivation and satisfaction
- Climate and organizational culture
- Work - life balance
- The socialization process at work
- Unease and distress in organizations: from hard work to alienation, from stress to mobbing
- The selection process (outplacement) and training personnel
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lessons essentially consist of frontal teaching activities.
The lessons aim to present and further explore the topics set forth in the program, as well as the historic-social-economic contextualization of the main organizational theories.
Case studies, videos and accounts will be provided for discussion, as occasions to develop and apply one’s analytical and judgement skills and to work in groups.
Active participation by students will be greatly appreciated (intervening during lessons, proposing themes to explore in depth, etc.).
Additional notes about suggested reading: The slides shown during the lessons will be available on the course web page.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • De Carlo N. (a cura di), Teorie & Strumenti di intervento per lo psicologo del lavoro, volume primo. Milano: Franco Angeli, 2002. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Maeran R., Boccato A., Lavoro e psicologia. Le persone nelle organizzazioni. Milano: LED, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo
  • De Carlo N. (a cura di), Teorie & Strumenti di intervento per lo psicologo del lavoro, volume secondo. Milano: Franco Angeli, 2002. in particolare la formazione Cerca nel catalogo