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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP3049865, 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
PS1091, 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 General Psychology
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 GIUSEPPE SARTORI M-PSI/02

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/02 Psychobiology and Physiological 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 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 SARTORI GIUSEPPE (Presidente)
CASTIELLO UMBERTO (Membro Effettivo)
GNOATO FRANCESCA (Membro Effettivo)
MONARO MERYLIN (Membro Effettivo)
POLEZZI DAVID (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The students are required to have basic knowledge of neuropsychology, clinical neuropsychology, psychopathology and psychiatry.

Suggested reading for basic notions in clinical neuropsychology:
Grossi D., Troiano L., Lineamenti di Neuropsicologia clinica. Carocci Editore, 2011.

Students can contact the teacher for bibliographical indications, in relation to their needs.
Target skills and knowledge: The course allows students to acquire the basic knowledge and skills necessary for carrying out psychological activity in the forensic field.

The students will be required to acquire theoretical knowledge and practical ability on the following topics: 1) using the psychological expertise in the forensic setting; 2) using instruments from psychological disciplines and research in the forensic setting; 3) writing an expert’s opinion report.
Examination methods: The exam includes both a written and an oral test.

The written exam will focus on the student’s acquired knowledge of lecture material and the students will be required to answer to open questions (generally 10 questions, with about 5-10 lines for the answer, 1 hour time is given for the written task).

The oral examination is mandatory, but only students receiving a positive evaluation to the written exam will be admitted.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation of student ‘s knowledge will be based upon the following criteria:
- Knowledge of the basics notions of forensic neuropsychology and psychopathology;
- Ability to apply the psychological knowledge into the forensic activity;
- Ability to use appropriate terminology.
Course unit contents: Course program
(The topics included in the course program will not necessarily be treated in the order indicated. The lessons will be programmed according to the topics of interest of the students and to the cases presented iduring the lessons by the teacher)

Hints of law for psychologists:
- The civil trial: Natural incapacity, mobbing, moral and existential damage, biological and psychical damage, interdiction, incapacitation, parental capability, foster care during divorce
- The criminal trial: liability; feigning and malingering; social dangerousness; defendant’s personality; etc.
- Testimony: testimony eligibility; evaluation of testimony instruments
Experts’ opinion examples both in the civil and in criminal settings.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lessons will cover the course topics. Real criminal and civil cases will be presented. Experts’ opinion reports will be critically analyzed and discussed.

Practical exercises on real forensic cases will be held.

Class attendance is strongly encouraged.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Besides the reference textbooks, the lecture slides (available in the Moodle course website) are mandatory study material.

Suggested readings for further study:
Fornari U., Trattato di Psichiatria Forense - Quinta Edizione. Torino: UTET, 2013.
Gulotta, G. Compendio di Psicologia Giuridico-forense. Giuffrè Editore, 2011.
Ferracuti S., Lagazzi M., Psichiatria Forense Applicata. Milano: Centro Scientifico Editore, 2010.

Foreign students can take the exam in English. They are invited to contact prof. Sartori for all information concerning the exam study materials in English.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Stracciari A., Bianchi A., Sartori G., Neuropsicologia forense. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2010. Da studiare per intero Cerca nel catalogo
  • Documento della British Psychological Society, Memory and the Law.. --: --, --.
  • Gulotta G., Camerini G.B. (a cura di), Linee Guida Nazionali. L'ascolto del minore testimone. Milano: Giuffrè Editore, 2014. Da studiare per intero Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Use of online videos

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

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