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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
PS1085, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, 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 Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied 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 ANDREA BOBBIO M-PSI/05

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

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

Course unit organization
Period Second 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 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
8 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 BOBBIO ANDREA (Presidente)
CANOVA LUIGINA (Membro Effettivo)
7 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 BOBBIO ANDREA (Presidente)
CANOVA LUIGINA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basics of General Psychology.
Target skills and knowledge: On completion of this course, students should be able to understand both basic theories, research findings and methods in Social Psychology.
In more details they should be able to:
1. understand basic issues of theory;
2. outline some classic and recent studies in social psychology and discuss key theoretical concepts;
3. understand the main research findings from the established social psychological literature;
4. understand the research methodology adopted in the social psychological literature.
Examination methods: Written exam only, made up of 4 open-ended questions, of which two dealing with the topics of the required textbook n. 1, and one question for each of required textbooks n. 2 and 3.
The student will have 75 minutes to complete the exam.
The MOODLE platform would also be a viable option in order to collect assessment's information.
Assessment criteria: Students' assessment will be based on the mastery of key information, topics, concepts, methodology and technical language of the socio-psychological literature, and on the ability to analyse specific cases.
Course unit contents: The course aims to provide an overview of major basic theories, concepts and questions in the field of Social Psychology.
In particular, the course goals are as follows:
1. to provide a basic understanding of how social psychologists think about and study human behavior;
2. to provide the tools useful to understand and critically examine psychological research;
3. to provide an introduction to -and a general survey of- several theories and principles that underlie social psychology;
4. to encourage reflection about the application of social psychological research to real-world and everyday life issues.
Examples of the main topics are:
- Social perception
- Social cognition
- Attitude and behavior
- Aggressiveness and altruism
- Social influence
- Intra-group processes
- Inter-group processes
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is based on lectures, group and case-based discussions, and involvement in ongoing empirical studies (both correlational and experimental).
Active participation is encouraged for all students attending the course.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Required readings (i.e., textbooks and papers) are valid ony for the academic year 2019/2020.
Additional reading materials are listed below:
- Amerio, P. (2013). L'altro necessario. Contro la solitudine della società moderna. Bologna: Il Mulino.
- Haslam, A., & Reicher, D. (2017).50 Years of “Obedience to Authority”: From Blind Conformity to Engaged Followership. Annual Review of Law and Social Science, 13, 13-59.
- Prosperi, A. (2016). Identità. L'altra faccia della storia. Roma-Bari: Laterza.
- Voci, A. (2003). Processi psicosociali nei gruppi. Roma-Bari: Laterza.
- Volpato, C. (2019). Le radici psicologiche della disuguaglianza. Roma-Bari: Laterza.
In case, supplementary references will be made ​​available through the MOODLE platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Crisp, R. J., Turner, R. N., Psicologia Sociale. Torino: UTET, 2017. (II edizione italiana a cura di C. Mosso) Cerca nel catalogo
  • Palmonari, A., Cavazza, N., Ricerche e protagonisti della psicologia sociale. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2003. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Voci, A., Essere altruisti. Aiutare gli altri e stare meglio. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo

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

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

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