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School of Psychology
Course unit
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (Ult. numero di matricola pari)
PSN1029555, 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
PS2295, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, 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
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
E-Learning website
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 ANNE MAASS M-PSI/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses M-PSI/05 Social Psychology 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First 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 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2016 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2018 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 MAASS ANNE (Presidente)
SUITNER CATERINA (Membro Effettivo)
6 2018 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 CADINU MARIA ROSARIA (Presidente)
CARRARO LUCIANA (Membro Effettivo)
MAASS ANNE (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: none
Target skills and knowledge: There are three learning outcomes for this course. It is expected that the students 1) will acquire knowledge of the topics discussed in class and in the assigned readings; 2) that they will understand the meaning of the research conducted about these topics (e.g., identify the critical points); 3) they will be able to apply this knowledge and understanding to novel situations.
Examination methods: Written multiple choice exam,31 questions (time: 31 minutes), 1 point for each correct response, no penalty for wrong or missing responses.
Assessment criteria: The final grade will be based on the written exam.

For those who attend class regularly, there will be a written exam at the end of the course. Moreover, the participation to seminal works / experimental laboratory will be evaluated.
Course unit contents: This course provides students with a broad overview of social psychological research and theorizing. Central to the course is the idea that human beings are not isolated entities who process information like computers, but social animals engaged in a complex network of social relations, driven by goals and motivations and constrained by cultural worldviews. We will analyze how this affects our perceptions of and attitudes towards individuals (including ourselves) and groups. We will examine why people conform, how they influence each other, why they firmly hold on to stereotypes and why they engage in pro- or antisocial behaviors. By analyzing these phenomena we will see how theories of human behavior can be tested rigorously via laboratory experiments and field studies.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: In addition to traditional lectures we offer a research labs that will be defined at the beginning of the class.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Study materials:

1) Arcuri & Cadinu (2011) except Chapter 6 (la modificazione degli stereotipi)

2) Hogg & Vaughn (2016)

I also recommend to use the on-line materials "Mylab" (which are part of the Hogg & Vaughn text)

In addition, slides and other materials will be made available, through the moodle website, to those students who attend the course regularly.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Hogg & Vaughan, Psicologia sociale: teorie e applicazioni, seconda edizione. --: Pearson, 2016. disponibile anche in versione digitale (22,40 Euro). Cerca nel catalogo
  • Arcuri & Cadinu, Gli stereotipi. Bologna: Mulino, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Problem solving
  • Peer feedback
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

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