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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP9085900, 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
IF0315, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies
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 LORELLA LOTTO M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/01 General 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.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 1920 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 LOTTO LORELLA (Presidente)
RUBALTELLI ENRICO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: No previous knowledge is required.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at covering the main theories and application of judgment and decision-making. At the end of the course, students will be able to understand how people make decisions and why behavior does not conform to the rationality assumptions proposed by classical economic theories.

The course also aims at giving the students the skills to reason critically on issues that are relevant for the society and the life of people and to understand how to tackle them from a psychological perspective.
Examination methods: The assessment of learning will occur through the final exam, which ascertains the acquisition of the expected knowledge and abilities. Questions will deal with the theoretical models and the psychological mechanisms characterizing judgment and decision making process.

The final exam will consist in a written test including 22 multiple-choice questions (with 4 possible answers) and 2 open questions.
The written test will last 1 hour.
No oral integration is contemplated.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation criteria for assessing the expected knowledge and competence are the following:
1) the completeness of the acquired knowledge;
2) a firm grasp of the concepts and examples covered in the readings;
3) the ability to use a scientific and specialized language pertaining to the specific subject area.

Each correct answer to the multiple-choice questions will receive 1 score. Each answer to the open questions will receive a score between 0 and 5. The final grade will be computed as the sum of the scores obtained in each question.
Course unit contents: The course will be divided into two parts.

The subject of the first part is the nature of human judgment and decision making. In particular, the class covers dual-process models of thinking, which distinguish between automatic information processing and conscious, deliberative processing. By refusing the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways, the course will show how our mistakes are systematic and predictable.

The second part will deal the “nudge” approach: the idea is to shape incentives and present information in a way that increases the chances that people will exercise the best decisions for themselves and our society, without restricting freedom of choice.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course topics will be addressed during frontal lectures. In-class discussions on the proposed theoretical models of psychological processes will be stimulated.
The course may include lectures on specific topics and/or taught by experts, as communicated to students during lectures.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Kahneman D., Pensieri lenti e veloci. Milano: Mondadori, 2012. Parte I (tutti i capitoli), Parte II (tutti i capitoli ad esclusione dei capitoli XVI, XVII, XVIII), Parte IV (solo capitoli XXV, XXVI, XXX, XXXIII) Cerca nel catalogo
  • Thaler R. H., Sunstein C. R., Nudge: La spinta gentile. La nuova strategia per migliorare le nostre decisioni su denaro, salute, felicità. Milano: Feltrinelli, --. Tutto il manuale ad esclusione dei capitoli 8-9-10. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • 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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