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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSN1030577, 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 WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL 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 ROBERTA MAERAN M-PSI/06

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/06 Psychology of Work and Organisations 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 MAERAN ROBERTA (Presidente)
BOCCATO ANGELO (Membro Effettivo)
PINATO SILVIA (Membro Effettivo)
ZAMPERINI ADRIANO (Membro Effettivo)
7 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 MAERAN ROBERTA (Presidente)
BOCCATO ANGELO (Membro Effettivo)
PINATO SILVIA (Membro Effettivo)
ZAMPERINI ADRIANO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: As it is a first-year course, no specific knowledge is required; the only pre-requisites are general notions of psychology and social sciences.
Target skills and knowledge: The objective of the course is to provide the student with a key to interpreting the main themes of psychological intervention in the work world, describing its constructs, theories and methods of investigation. Starting from the historical foundations of Work and Organizational Psychology, the professional role of work psychologists in the current socio-economic context, characterized by continuous transformations and changes, will be presented and discussed,.
The student shall develop critical and interpretative skills needed to reflect on the themes that characterize the relationship among people-work-organizations and more generally on social themes (for example, unemployment, outplacement and difficulty).
Applying the skills learned, being able to adequately formulate the phases of processes, knowing how to clearly and effectively communicate, using the correct terminology of the sector with both specialists and nonprofessionals.
At the end of the course the student is expected to have gained the basic skills in order to take the “first steps” in this intervention sector (which they will start to put into practice during the academic internship), to be able to autonomously further explore what he or she has learned, to use the basic knowledge as a starting “platform” in order to reach a broader judgement autonomy.
Examination methods: The exam will written. The student will be asked to answer 6 open questions in an hour and a half. The questions will deal with the main themes analyzed in the course; students may be asked to discuss a theory (for example, organizational or motivational theories), to compare interpretative approaches, to report the main contributions of an author, or to describe the phases of intervention processes within organizations (for example, personnel selection).
Assessment criteria: The evaluation criteria can be summarized in the following:
- the correctness, accuracy and completeness of the response (ex. indicating the main authors’ names, presenting models and methods), the use and property of the terminology of the sector.
Answers can also be given in an outline form, but they must prove to be the result of the student’s revision.
Course unit contents: The course will develop the following contents:
- the role of the work psychologist: the characteristics of the profession, work at a company and/or consultancy firm. The peculiarities of such a figure in HR management
- the main applicative sectors: from scholastic to professional orientation, from selection to training, as well as the analysis of specific fields of intervention, for example: organizational climate, satisfaction at work
- historical evolution and organizational context: characteristics of the work world, organizational theories and their evolution, from the legislative to the diagnostic approach
- the methods and tools of work psychology: buildings scales and questionnaires, applying tests
- the person-work relationship: the work world, meaning, centrality, importance, involvement in work. The contribution of positive psychology
- motivation and satisfaction: from classic theories to psychological capital
- organizational climate and culture: definition, interpretive models and research tools
- the socialization process at work: from the role of the family and school to insertion in the organizational context
- unease in organizations: from fatigue to alienation, anomie and frustration; from stress to burnout and mobbing. The main theories and interpretive models, analyses of consequences for the individual, the organization and society as a whole. Possible interventions.
- work and private life: from workaholism (the new behavioral dependencies and the consequences for the individual and the organization) to work life balance (the traditional models, from the prospect of balance to that of integration, reconciliation initiatives)
- outplacement: from losing a job to professional outplacement
- the personnel selection process: phases and tools
- the personnel training process: phases, methods, training figures
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lessons essentially consist of frontal teaching activities with IT support (PowerPoint files).
The lessons aim to present and further explore the topics set forth in the program, as well as the historic-social-economic contextualization of the main organizational theories.
Case studies, videos and accounts from professionals (work psychologists who operate in personnel selection or training) will be provided for discussion, as occasions to develop and apply one’s analytical and judgement skills and to work in groups.
Active participation by students will be greatly appreciated, such as intervening during lessons to ask for clarification or further explanations, as well as reporting personal experiences.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All the teaching material presented during the frontal lessons will be available on the Moodle platform from the first day of the course. The slides will allow students (also those who cannot regularly attend the course) to explore some topics in depth and to have outlines or summaries of the main subjects dealt with available.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • De Carlo N. (a cura di), Teorie & Strumenti di intervento per lo psicologo del lavoro, volume primo. Milano: Franco Angeli, 2002. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Maeran R., Boccato A., Lavoro e psicologia. Le persone nelle organizzazioni. Milano: LED, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo
  • De Carlo N. (a cura di), Teorie & Strumenti di intervento per lo psicologo del lavoro, volume secondo. Milano: Franco Angeli, 2002. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Case study
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Decent Work and Economic Growth