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Course unit
PSM0014227, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course First cycle degree in
PS1842, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PSYCHOLOGY OF ADOLESCENCE
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
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 PAOLO ALBIERO M-PSI/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/04 Psychology of Development and Psychology of Education 6.0

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

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

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge in developmental psychology, with particular reference to the periods of childhood, preadolescence and adolescence.
Target skills and knowledge: The course provides theoretical and practical knowledge on the psychological development in adolescence, in particular: a) focuses on the study of the factors that can promote the psychosocial well-being in adolescents; b) consider the classical theories and the most recent contributions of the literature; c) highlights what can be done in the family and school to promote the well-being and to deal with such a complex and "turbulent" period.
Examination methods: The exam at the end of the course takes place in written form and provides some open questions that address general issues and specific aspects of the study of adolescence.

Before taking the exam it is necessary to have carried out a report, described below under the heading "Provided learning activities and teaching methods".
Assessment criteria: In performing the exam, the student must demonstrate that he/she has acquired adequate theoretical and practical knowledge about adolescence.
The written responses of the students will be evaluated considering their correctness and completeness.
Course unit contents: The program deals with the most significant aspects of a adolescent's life, analyzing each time a) the main problems he/she is facing; 2) which behaviors (adolescent, family, friends) can help or hinder their overcoming. The aspects covered will be: the psychological resonance of his physical development; the pubertal maturation and its pervasive effects; the intellectual maturation, the relationships with parents and the conquest of autonomy; the relationships with peers.
Through a multidisciplinary approach several issues that characterize the most recent literature will also be discussed, with particular attention to their implications on the psychosocial well-being of the adolescent: brain development and its implications on risk behavior; the mind of the adolescent; talking with adolescents; friendships and family relations, multiculturalism and adolescents, teenagers and the Internet, risk prevention.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will include:
- Teaching in the form of video lessons
- Self-learning checks, with possible self-evaluation activities among peers.
- Discussion forum between teacher and students on topics and cases of relevant interest.

The teacher encourages active participation in the online activities of the course.

Students have to submit an individual report written on a topic concerning the psychology of adolescence. The theme will be agreed with the teacher. The work will consist in the analysis of some scientific papers, in their presentation and discussion. The report must be delivered to the teacher at least 15 days before the exam and will be considered for the final evaluation of the student.
Additional notes about suggested reading: In addition to the texts indicated below, the slides presented during the videolessons and uploaded to the moodle platform will be part of the exam, therefore attendance to the course is strongly recommended.

Attendance of the course is recommended. For those who cannot attend, it is advisable to follow the course of Psychology of Adolescence in the L4 Degree Course - Scienze piscologiche dello Sviluppo, della personalità e delle relazioni interpersonali.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Albiero, Paolo, Il benessere psicosociale in adolescenza. Prospettive multidisciplinari. Roma: Carocci, 2012. (Capitoli da studiare: Intro, 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10) Cerca nel catalogo
  • Palmonari, Augusto, Psicologia dell'adolescenza. Bologna: Il mulino, 2011. (Capitoli da studiare: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17) Cerca nel catalogo
  • American Psychological Association, Developing adolescents. --: --, 2002. Dispense scaricabili dalla pagina del corso e dal sito

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • 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)

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