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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP6076177, 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
PS1088, 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
Course unit English denomination FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
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 MASSIMO DE MARI

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines MED/25 Psychiatry 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First 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 07/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 DE MARI MASSIMO (Presidente)
MAROGNA CRISTINA (Membro Effettivo)
3 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 DE MARI MASSIMO (Presidente)
MAROGNA CRISTINA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The student must have gained a basic knowledge in psychology and psychopathology and should have a specific interest in criminology and fornesic psychiatry. These disciplines, not only deal with the application of this knowledge to the legal field, that is the civil and criminal expertise and about the punishment and the rehabilitation of the criminal. They offer, however, an original point of view on clinical experience which, nowadays, it's a very important issue for a psychologist's professional career, even if not involved in the forensic field.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to give to the students theoretical and clinical tools, in a psychoanalytic perspetctive, for the comprehension of complex clinical pictures, which feature patients with violent behaviour, who commit crimes and show problems in dealing with their aggressiveness. These patients are hard to define with the normal diagnostic instruments and as hard to treat in a classic therapeutical setting.
Examination methods: Oral. During the course it will take into account the possibility to schedule a written test, reserved to the students who have attended the course regularly.
Assessment criteria: It will be tested the ability of the students to differentiate between a traditional clinical diagnosis and a forensic psychiatric one and to describe complex clinical pictures.
Course unit contents: The psychiatric expertise. Mental illness, infermity and mental defect. Mental forensic tests. Social danger.Therapy for alchool and drug addicted. Prison's structure and functions. Residencies for mental criminals.Territorial offices for outside rehabilitation of criminals. Emotional and passional states. Victimology. Narrative criminology. Abnormal personalities and criminality. Severe personality disorders. Crime of impetous. Pathological sexual behaviour. Minor victime of crime. Entrustment in cases of separation. Psychic biological damage.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The teaching consists in frontal lessons (power point presentation and video), group activities and seminars based on clinical material given by the teacher or by the students themselves, on a voluntary basis.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Additional notes about suggested reading:
Pisapia G.V.(2013) Manuale operativo di criminologia. Cedam
Filippini S. (2005) Relazioni perverse. Franco Angeli
Giannini A.M., Nardi B. (2009) Le vittime del crimine. Centro Scientifico Editore
Staiano R. (2014) Mobbing. Responsabilità e tutele processuali. Maggioli Editore
Schinaia C. (2001) Pedofilia, pedofilie. Bollati Boringhieri
Bertagna G., Ceretti A., Mazzucato C. (2015) Il libro dell'incontro. Il Saggiatore
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Fornari, Ugo, Trattato di psichiatria forense. [Torino]: UTET giuridica, Milano, Wolters Kluwer, 2018. Cerca nel catalogo
  • De Mari, Massimo (a cura di), L'Io criminale. La Psichiatria Forense nella prospettiva psicoanalitica.. --: Alpes, 2018. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Story telling
  • Use of online videos

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