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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSN1032142, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS1842, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CLASSICS OF PSYCHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
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 CHIARA MENEGHETTI M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses M-STO/04 Contemporary History 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method distance e-learning

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 07/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Basic command of English language, sufficient to read and understand original publications.
Target skills and knowledge: By the end of the course students will know:
- some of the main authors and their publications, and current theoretical approaches in the field of perception, memory, mental images and thinking;
- some of the main classic experiments: historical setting, methods and, in some cases, associations with present-day experiments
By the end of the course students will be able to:
- understand and critically analyze an original publication
- discuss a classic topic
- apply their knowledge to identify materials and methods of classic research in present-day settings
Examination methods: The final exam will be held on the official dates proposed by the School of Psychology.
The assessment will cover all the topics included in the lecture notes “Classic authors, writings and experiments in psychology” and in the text “Experiments in Psychology” (see references below)

It will be a written exam lasting one hour and including:
a) 30 true/false questions
b) 4 open questions

The exam will be the same for students whether or not they attend lectures.
For students who attend, there will be the chance to answer some optional additional open questions on more detailed materials.
Assessment criteria: The assessment criteria concern:
- appropriate use of terminology and precise expressions on content
- argumentative accuracy and use of comments pertinent to the context
- the ability to discuss aspects of the course content
Course unit contents: The course contents include:
- an introduction to some of the main authors who have influenced the birth and development of psychology from the early 20th century onwards
- the presentation of the assumptions, orientations and methodologies of Wundt and James;
- the presentation of original writings and authors who introduced the study of perception and thinking (the Gestalt theory; Wertheimer and Kohler), the principle of learning (the behaviorism model; Watson and Tolman), memory (Ebbinghaus and Bartlett and their experimental methods), mental images (Galton and his experimental method), the development of thinking (the Piagetian model). Cognitive and social-cognitive approaches will also be introduced.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Learning activities:

The course is online via the moodle platform (; Classics of psychology academic year 2019/2020)

The course is organized into modules, and each module is divided into three parts:
1. study materials (video, video lessons, Word documents and PowerPoint files)
2. tools for active participation in the classroom (forums and weekly activities)
3. learning tests

Materials for further study are provided for some modules.

Teaching methods:

The teaching involves active and interactive didactic activities using moodle tools (forum for discussion, activities, questions to self-test learning with feedback), and others (e.g. Perusall)

Active participation (based on recording participation in the activities) facilitates learning. Active students (as recorded by the system) will be awarded bonus points in the exam.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The course proposes video-lessons, documents and interactive didactic activities on references material.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Meneghetti C., “Autori, scritti ed esperimenti classici della psicologia”(ULTIMO AGGIORNAMENTO 30/09/2017). Dispensa: --, 2017. La dispensa è reperibile presso centro stampa della biblioteca “Metelli” (via Venezia, 12/2 - 35131 Padova;; per informazioni
  • D’Urso, V. e Giusberti, F., Esperimenti di psicologia.. Bologna: Zanichelli, 2000. Tutti i capitoli Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Learning journal
  • Reflective writing

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)
  • Camtasia (video editing)

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