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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP5070129, 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 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND COMMUNICATION
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
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 ANNA SPAGNOLLI M-PSI/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses M-PSI/05 Social Psychology 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 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
4 2018-1 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 SPAGNOLLI ANNA (Presidente)
GAMBERINI LUCIANO (Membro Effettivo)
ORSO VALERIA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of research methodology in psychology
Target skills and knowledge: The course covers the main topics in social psychology and communication, with a close attention to social relations mediated by technology.

The students will have the opportunity to know:
- the classic, most imfluential concepts and models in social psychology and communication;
- the pioneer, landmark studies that made the history of these disciplines;
- the current themes in the study of mediated interaction and communication;
- some recent approaches to social psychology and communication
- the societal implication of psychology research and ethical guidelines.

Attending students will also be able to practice the following abilities:
- understanding the rationale behind the method of a study;
- using language properly and defining concepts;
- recognizing abstract notions at work in everyday phenomena;
- presenting and discussing a study according to a clear academic format.
Examination methods: Written, with open questions, to be completed in one hour and a half.
The exam will test the knowldge of the main models, the definition of the main concepts and the ability to apply abstract notions to the comprehension of concrete phenomena.

Attending students might be involved in activities that contribute to the final grade at the examination; the precise modalities will be explained the first day of class. Each answer is scored individually; the final score is the average of the score achieved in each answer.
Assessment criteria: Correctness, pertinence, terminological appropriateness, argumentative accuracy will all contribute to a successful performance at the final examination. Generic language, commonsensical concepts and confusion between reserch domains will be taken as indicators of poor preparation.
Course unit contents: What is social psychology and how to study it
Research ethics
Social perception and attribution
The Self
Attitudes and persuasion
Social influence and group processes
Prosocial behavior
Mediated interaction
Discoursive psychology
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes both lectures and class exercises so as to strengthen comprehension and practice the abilities targeted by the course. Student presentations will be organized and projects that unfold along several weeks will be set up in order to facilitate a more active approach to the contents tought in class.
Attendance records will be kept.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Attending students will have specific reference material (papers and slides covering contents not present in the textbook and inregtaing the coverage of the course different themes) in addition to Delamater et al. Such material will be made available via Moodle and will also replace the book 'Immersed in media'.

Optional readings, especially recommended (although not mandatory) to non-attending students to compensate for the contents they have not acquired in class:
J.R.Smith, S.A. Haslam, Social psychology: revisiting the classic studies. London: Sage, 2012.
J. Potter , A. Wetherell, Discourse and social psychology. London: Sage, 1987.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Delamater, Myers, Colletts, Social psychology. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2015. Only chapters: 1,4,6, 7, 9, 10,13, and p 58 to 61 in Ch2, pp 299-305 in Ch 8 and 481 to 490 in Ch 14 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Lombard, M., Biocca, F., Freeman, J., IJsselsteijn, W., & Schaevitz, R. J., Immersed in media: Telepresence theory, Measurement & Technology. Cham: Springer, 2015. Only chapters 1 (p.13), 5 (p. 101), 6 (p. 115), and 10 (P.263); testo solo per studenti NON frequentanti Cerca nel catalogo

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