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Course unit
PSP5070271, A.A. 2019/20

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

Information on the course unit
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 BULLYING: BEYOND COMMON SENSE
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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 GIANLUCA GINI M-PSI/04
Other lecturers TIZIANA POZZOLI M-PSI/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/05 Social Psychology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method distance e-learning

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

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 GINI GIANLUCA (Presidente)
LANFRANCHI SILVIA (Membro Effettivo)
POZZOLI TIZIANA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The course in entirely in English; it is therefore necessary a sufficient understanding of written English. Knowledge of theories and methodologies from developmental psychology and social psychology are also useful.
Target skills and knowledge: Students will learn about (a) the most recent theories that explain bullying behavior; (b) the most recent prevention and intevention strategies
Examination methods: The final test includes three open-ended questions in English. All three answers must be sufficient (a score of 6/10 in each answer must be obtained) to pass the exam. The test lasts 90 minutes.

So-called "attendees" can receive up to 2 additional points (depending on the quality of the student's work) to the test score by participating to two excercises that will be proposed during the course (see below).

Important note: the status of "attendee" student remains valid until the final registration of the exam grade.
Assessment criteria: Assessment of the exam's answers includes presence of required contents, synthesis, clear and coherent presentation of information.
Course unit contents: Bullying: Beyond common sense aims to provide students with a critical knowledge concerning the phenomenon of youth bullying. The course focuses on both traditional bullying that usually takes place on school premises and cyberbullying, which occurs via information and communication technologies. With a social-ecological perspective, the first part of the course explores the boundaries of these phenomena, and analyzes the characteristics of youth involved and the social-psychological processes that underlie the different roles youth play in bully-victim-bystander dynamics. The second part of this course covers the prevention and intervention strategies available at the international level.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: This is an entirely online course. There are no in-person lectures. All course materials (including video-lectures) are accessible online in the course platform:
Video-lessons are in English, with English and Italian subtitles. All other online activities (forum discussions, exercices, etc.) are in English.

Students can contact the instructor via the online Forum to ask for questions about the content of the course.

Students may also choose to complete two excercices that will be proposed during the course (please note that this is an extra option and it is not mandatory to participate). These excercices aim at stimulating a deeper analysis of some of the core themes of the course. To be considered as "attendee" students (and receive the additional points) it is mandatory to complete both excercices.

Erasmus students and students from other degrees who want to attend the course must ask for their ID and password to the Administrative office, at the beginning of the course, at the following email:
Additional notes about suggested reading: The program for the final test includes (1) an English handbook (also available as ebook in the psychology Library) and (2) a series of review articles and book chapters that will be available in the online platform of the course. For the full list of the mandatory material for the exam see below under "Testi di riferimento".
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Zych, I, Farrington, D.P., Llorent, V.J., Ttofi, M.M., Protecting children against bullying and its consequences. --: Springer, 2017. Also available as ebook Cerca nel catalogo
  • Olweus, D., & Limber, S. P., Some problems with cyberbullying research.. --: Current Opinion in Psychology, 19, 139-143., 2017.
  • Ettekal, I., Kochenderfer-Ladd, B., & Ladd, G. W., A synthesis of person-and relational-level factors that influence bullying and bystanding behaviors: Toward an integrative framework. --: Aggression and Violent Behavior, 23, 75-86, 2015.
  • Salmivalli, C., Bullying and the peer group: A review.. --: Aggression and violent behavior, 15(2), 112-120., 2010.
  • Lee, C., Preventing bullying in schools. (pp. 53-91, chapters 4-5).. --: London, Paul Chapman Publishing, 2004.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Peer feedback
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Students peer review
  • Learning contract/agreement

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

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