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School of Medicine
HEALTH PROFESSIONS OF REHABILITATION SCIENCES
Course unit
WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
MEP4067234, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
HEALTH PROFESSIONS OF REHABILITATION SCIENCES
ME1868, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2018/19
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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 Molecular Medicine
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
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 HEALTH PROFESSIONS OF REHABILITATION SCIENCES

Lecturers
Teacher in charge VALERIA ORSO M-PSI/01
Other lecturers MARILENA FRISONE
SAMANTHA SERPENTINI

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-DEA/01 Population Studies, Ethnography and Anthropology 3.0
Core courses M-PSI/06 Psychology of Work and Organisations 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 9.0 90 135.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Syllabus
Prerequisites: WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Basic knowledge in general psychology, clinical psychology and health psychology.

CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY
None

WORKING GROUPS MANAGEMENT AND TECHNIQUES
Knowledge and skills in the following disciplines: general psychology, clinical psychology and health psychology.
Target skills and knowledge: WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Learning objectives:
-to provide the student with the ability to analyze and interpret the individual and inter-individual dynamics related to the workplace and to the specific features of the organization, with special reference to the health care context;
-to foster the acquisition of tools to operate professionally in the services addressed to people, groups and organizations, taking into account innovations related to gender analysis and cultural differences.

CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
To acquire general knowledge on the anthropological discipline and its methodology. To be able to apply ethnographic methods to the investigation of social interactions and medical anthropological issues. To be able to critically analyse and debate problems and themes of cultural anthropological interest in comparative perspective.

WORKING GROUPS MANAGEMENT AND TECHNIQUES
Learning objectives:
-to provide the student with the ability to analyze and interpret the group dynamics associated with the workplace and with the specific organizational features of the same with particular reference to the health care context;
-to foster the acquisition of tools to operate professionally in the services addressed to people, groups and organizations, taking into account innovations related to gender analysis and cultural differences.
Examination methods: WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Written

CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Short essay based on an ethnographic exercise (‘thick description’) including participant observation and interviews about a topic to be agreed with the course convenor.
Assessment criteria: WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
The assessment will be based on the understanding of the topics, the acquisition of the methodologies proposed and the ability to apply them autonomously and consciously.

CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
- attention for the detail in the ‘thick description’
- critical approach and critical thinking
- reflexivity of the ethnographer
Course unit contents: WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
The course is aimed at deepening the following themes:
- Introduction to Work and organizational psychology and historical development
- Attitudes, values, job satisfaction and commitment
- Communication, persuasion and prejudice
- Health at work and stress-related disorders
- Leadership
- Motivation and job design
- Selection and appraisal
- Human error
- Dysfunctional behaviors at work: bullying and mobbing

CULTURAL ANTHROLOPOGY
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology:
- what is cultural anthropology, its fields of investigation, its different branches and approaches
- ethnographic method: participant observation, interviews, reflexivity, ‘thick’ and ‘thin’ description, research ethics, access to the field, interaction between ethnographer and social actors
Anthropological understanding of the body:
- culturally shaped conceptions of the body, social constructions of personhood, cultural perspectives on health, well-being, illness, and treatment
- body images in Western and non-Western societies, techniques of the body, the notion of habitus, bodily experience, treatment of dead bodies, body modifications and prostheses, body and gender, documentary on healing and spirit possession
Analysis of ethnographic accounts in medical anthropology
- complexity of the relation between doctors and patients, use and misuse of medical devices, implementation of medical protocols and prevention in different cultural contexts, communicative situations with patients affected by speech disabilities or in other contexts of rehabilitation.
- final discussion on course contents and assessment.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
The course will include the following teaching methods and learning activities:
-frontal lessons aimed at explaining the theoretical topics discussed;
-group work aimed at theoretical and practical analysis and discussion of proposed content;
-practical exercise aimed at mastering the methods proposed

CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Lectures, power point presentations,
screening of documentaries and other audio-visual materials, seminar discussions, group activities and debates.
Additional notes about suggested reading: WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
All the materials will be explained at the beginning of the course

CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
all reading material will be provided in electronic versions during the course by the course convenor
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Donald M. Truxillo, Talya N. Bauer, Berrin Erdogan, Psychology and Work: Perspectives on Industrial and Organizational Psychology. --: Routledge, 2016.
  • Eriksen, T. H., Small Places, Large Issues: An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology.. London: Pluto Press, 2001.
  • Pool, R. and Geissler, W., Medical Anthropology. --: Maidenhead: Open University Press., 2005.
  • Good, B. J., Fischer, M. M. J., Willen, S. S., and Del Vecchio Good, M.-J. (eds.), A Reader in Medical Anthropology. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2010.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Working in group

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being Decent Work and Economic Growth Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure