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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSN1032491, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1087, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
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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 INES TESTONI M-PSI/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-PSI/05 Social 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 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 TESTONI INES (Presidente)
BOCCATO ANGELO (Membro Effettivo)
IACONA ERIKA (Membro Effettivo)
ZAMPERINI ADRIANO (Membro Effettivo)
6 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 TESTONI INES (Presidente)
BOCCATO ANGELO (Membro Effettivo)
ZAMPERINI ADRIANO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: It is important to have a basic knowledge of the history of psychology, psychology of relationships and of emotional-affective processes. It is also essential the willingness to assume a non-reductionist and cultural perspective, in order to deal with issues concerning the relationship among psychology, spirituality, religion and existential dilemmas.
Target skills and knowledge: The course offers the basic competences of a critical approach inherent to the themes of death and dying, in order to handle educational, learning and support activities. The abilities to acquire pertain to theoretical and methodological aspects useful in the management of relations in bereavement, palliative care, decision-making processes.
Examination methods: The exam is divided into two parts:
a) the first form of evaluation concerns the ability of students to deal with death studies issues in group work and peer learning. The ability to cooperate with peers is also evaluated, as well as the profuse commitment to produce a final review (documented with a paper) that also presents the project idea.
b) the second form of evaluation takes place with a written test with open questions. The questions will be related to the fundamental nodes indicated in the Syllabus. There are 3questions for each volume to be presented for the exam.
The two tests are evaluated in thirtieths and the mathematical average between the two outcomes is the final grade.
Assessment criteria: Demonstrate the ability to critically think on conventional representations of death
Demonstrate the ability to understand the relationships between grief / loss and the cultural-historical dimensions
Demonstrate the ability to deal with the theme of death in an intercultural way
Course unit contents: The course contents are the following:
Death and Dying: biological and cultural factors and their transformation in history, psychology, sociology and philosophy of religion, funeral rituals and symbolism of death, Terror Management Theory.
Palliative Care: Medical Humanities Approach, Narrative Medicine, multidisciplinary approach, quality of life and management of pain / suffering in terminality, WHO and the cooperative intervention in palliative team.
Bioethics: social management of dying, advance directives, decision making processes right to self-determination, advance directives and the Oviedo Convention.
Particular attention will be given to the evolution of Western thought inherent to the ontological representation of death.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will consist primarily of lectures. The following activities will propostw: group works, exercises on provided materials, case presentations. The active involvement of the students will be highly appreciated, and specific topics will be proposed for the study. In particular, working groups will be organized for project-works (PW). The PW will be evaluated and will be part of the evaluation of the final exam.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Erasmus students are supposed to study:
Solomon et al. The worm at the core, Penguin
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Testoni I., L'ultima nascita. Psicologia del morire e death education. Torino: Bollati Boringhieri, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Testoni I., Dopo la notizia peggiore. Padova: Piccin, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Solomon S. et al., The worm at the core. New York: Penguin, --. Only the ERASMUS STUDENTS are supposed to study this texts, but only this one. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Story telling
  • Peer feedback
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Use of online videos
  • Students peer review

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being Gender Equality Reduced Inequalities Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions