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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSN1029555, A.A. 2019/20

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS1082, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of General 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


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses M-PSI/05 Social Psychology 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First 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 01/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 CASTELLI LUIGI ALESSANDRO (Presidente)
ARCURI LUCIANO (Membro Effettivo)
CARRARO LUCIANA (Membro Effettivo)
TASSONI SERENA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: This is an introductory course and therefore no specific previous prerequisites are required.
Target skills and knowledge: The course is aimed at providing basic knowledge about contemporary social psychology. The main theoretical approaches will be discussed with a constant attention to their applied implications. The major goal is to provide students with conceptual tools that would allow them to better understand relevant social phenomena such as, for instance, the formation of social impressions, social influence and intergroup behaviors.
Examination methods: The exam will be written. Open questions will be presented with space limits for providing an answer. Overall, 8-10 questions will be included. The exam will last 60 minutes.

Foreign students who would need to take the exam in English are required to contact the teacher at least 7 days before the exam.
Assessment criteria: It will be evaluated the ability to correctly report in few words the key required concepts and knowledge
Course unit contents: The course will focus on several different issues including
1) Concepts and methods in social psychology
2) The construction of knowledge and the processes involved in social judgment
3) The Self and self-regulatory processes
4) Social attitudes: their structure, functions, change and relation with behaviors.
5) Social identity and intergroup relations
6) Group dynamics
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: During classes the key aspects of social psychology will be presented and students will later have to further examine them in the textbooks. The active participation of the students is encouraged. Some hours will be devoted to methodological issues and practical training. Laboratories activities will be implemented and discussed during the classes.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Foreign students can contact the teacher for study material in English
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Castelli, L., Psicologia sociale cognitiva. Un'introduzione. Bari: Laterza, 2004. ISBN: 9788842073154 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Hogg, M. A. & Vaughan, G. M., Psicologia Sociale. Teorie e applicazioni. Milano: Pearson, 2016. (esclusi i capitoli 2 e 3) ISBN 9788891901385 Cerca nel catalogo
  • GuĂ©guen, N, Psicologia del consumatore. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2009. Libro a scelta Cerca nel catalogo
  • Bargh, J. A., A tua insaputa. Torino: Bollati Boringhieri, 2018. Libro a scelta Cerca nel catalogo
  • Milgram, S., Obbedienza all'autoritĂ . Torino: Einaudi, 2003. Libro a scelta Cerca nel catalogo
  • Zimbardo, P. G., L'effetto Lucifero. Cattivi si diventa?. Milano: Raffaello Cortina, 2007. Libro a scelta Cerca nel catalogo

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