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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP5070118, A.A. 2018/19

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS2192, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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 PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE

Teacher in charge PAOLA RIGO M-PSI/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/07 Dynamic Psychology 6.0

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

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

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 2018-1 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 RIGO PAOLA (Presidente)
MISCIOSCIA MARINA (Membro Effettivo)
4 2018-1 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 MONDINI SARA (Presidente)
GRASSI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Standard unipd prerequisites
Target skills and knowledge: To familiarize students with psychodynamic theories of psychological functioning.
Examination methods: Written exam containing open questions, which will be based on material covered in the lectures, in the textbook and in the Reading list (selected scientific articles). Duration: 2 hours. Questions are so organized: 4 questions regarding themes considered during the course, for which a wide answer is requested; 2 questions related to specific definitions of the key points and constructs of the discipline, for which a synthetic answer in requested.
Presentation/discussions given by the students in the classroom.
Assessment criteria: Final evaluation: final mark to the written exam, plus the evaluation of the presentation/discussions given by the students in the classroom.
Final evaluation will take into account the acquisition of concepts related to the different topics and the level of understanding reached.
Course unit contents: History of the concept of psyche and dymamis.
Psychodynamic theory of Freud: The structure of the psyche;Drives, psychosexual phases; Oedipus complex; Anxiety theory; Defense mechanisms; Theory of dreams.
Object Relations Theory (Melanie Klein):Characteristics: differences from Freud; The paranoid-schizoid position and the depressive position; Unconscious phantasy; Symbol formation.
Donald W. Winnicott: Primitive emotional development; Transitional objects and me - not-me differentiation; The capacity for concern; Cultural experience.
Attachment Theory: Ethological–evolutionary perspective of Attachment; Internal Working Model (MOI); Attachment System
Clinical aspects
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and active participation of students.
Class sessions consist of two parts: short frontal lectures and group presentation and discussion of selected reading materials.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Textbook, lecture slides and reading materials (scientific articles). Slides and reading materials will be provided by the teacher and posted in Moodle platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Matt Jarvis, Psychodynamic Psychology: Classical Theory and Contemporary Research. London: Thomson Learning, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo

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

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

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