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School of Psychology
Course unit
DYNAMIC PSYCHOLOGY (Ult. numero di matricola dispari)
PSN1031317, 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 DYNAMIC 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 EMILIA FERRUZZA M-PSI/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/07 Dynamic 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.2016 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2018 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 FERRUZZA EMILIA (Presidente)
CAPPETTI CHIARA (Membro Effettivo)
CARGNEL LICIA (Membro Effettivo)
DEMMA ANTONELLA (Membro Effettivo)
DI RISO DANIELA (Membro Effettivo)
SCALI ISABEL (Membro Effettivo)
6 2018 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 DI RISO DANIELA (Presidente)
SALCUNI SILVIA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The knowledge acquired in Fundamental Psychology and Developmental Psychology courses will be helpful for understanding this course.
Target skills and knowledge: The student will acquire the basic knowledge of Dynamic Psychology as a model of mental functioning. In particular will have to know the fundamentals of Freudian thought and the contributions of the main authors to post Freudian psychoanalytic model, with particular reference to the theories of mentalization processes. Will then have acquired the basic concepts of psychoanalytic diagnosis based, specifically, on knowledge of defense mechanisms.
Examination methods: The exam is written. It is composed by four open-ended questions (also in English Language) on two required texts and on the text of your choice. The exam will last for 120 minutes.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation will be based on student’s ability to develop the topics of the questions precisely and completely, also showing –though concisely- his/her own personal knowledge and critical thinking skills, with the possibility of laud whereas the teacher notices particular originality and competency.
Course unit contents: 1)The Freudian meta-psychology idea following the topical, economic, dynamic and structural point of views. The Ego Development and Functions. Anguish, Conflict and Defence Mechanisms issues. The genetic point of view: the libido phases. Narcissism. Mourning and Melancholy. The Life and Death drives.
2)Child Psychology, Separation-Individuation and Attachment Theory (A. Freud, M. Mahler, R. Spitz, J. Bowlby, H.D. Stern.Further developments of the Drives and the Object Relation Theories focussing on a selection of post Freudian authors (M. Klein e D.W. Winnicott, W.R.Bion, O.Kernberg).
3)Psychoanalytic Diagnosis Issues: defense mechanisms
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: - Frontal lectures concern topics in program that the student will deepen through the study of textbooks.
- Active participation of students with comments and questions is expected
-In the context of lessons, integrative seminars of external experts on specific topics are expected.
- Attending students will receive, during the lessons, signs of a mode of exam preparation that takes account of classroom teaching.
Additional notes about suggested reading: 1) Lis A., Stella S., ZavattiniG.C. (1998), Manuale di
Psicologia Dinamica - Capitoli I -II-IV (Excluding subparagraphs 2 and 3) - V - VI (Excluding subparagraphs 1 and 3) - VIII - IX - XII - XIII - XV.
2) McWilliams N.(2012)La diagnosi psicoanalitica(capp.1,2,3,5,6)
3) A book of your choice:
a) Winnicott, D.W,(1987) I bambini e le loro madri.
b) Esposito E., Ferruzza E., Mangini E., Racalbuto A.(2001) “Lo stesso e l’altro” (pp. 5-45; 97-173)
c) Semi A.A. (2007) Il narcisismo
d) Ferro A., Civitarese G.(2018) Un invito alla psicoanalisi
If the student was interested in studyng a particular topic of the course, he may propose to the approval of the teacher an alternative text to the chosen books.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Lis A., Stella S., ZavattiniG.C, Manuale di Psicologia. Bologna: Il Mulino, 1998. Importante: Per informazioni sulle parti da studiare vedi "Eventuali indicazioni sui materiali di studio" Cerca nel catalogo
  • McWilliams N, La diagnosi psicoanalitica. Roma: Astrolabio, 1999. Importante: Per informazioni sulle parti da studiare vedi "Eventuali indicazioni sui materiali di studio" Cerca nel catalogo
  • Winnicott, D.W, I bambini e le loro madri. Milano: Raffaello Cortina, 1987. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Esposito E., Ferruzza E., Mangini E., Racalbuto A., Lo stesso e l'altro. Roma: Borla, 2001. Importante: Per informazioni sulle parti da studiare vedi "Eventuali indicazioni sui materiali di studio" Cerca nel catalogo
  • Semi A.A., Il narcisismo. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ferro A., Civitarese G., Un invito alla psicoanalisi. Roma: Carocci editore, 2018. Cerca nel catalogo

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  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

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