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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP5070129, 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
PS2192, 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 AND COMMUNICATION
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE

Teacher in charge ANNA SPAGNOLLI M-PSI/05

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.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 SPAGNOLLI ANNA (Presidente)
GAMBERINI LUCIANO (Membro Effettivo)
ORSO VALERIA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of research methodology in psychology
Target skills and knowledge: The course covemodernized by reference to social relations mediated by new technology.
The students will have the opportunity to get familiar with:
- the classic, most influential concepts and models in social psychology and communication;
- the pioneer, landmark studies that made the history of these disciplines;
- current themes in the study of mediated interaction and communication;
- some recent, qualitative approaches to the study of social psychology and communication.
All attending students will also be able to practice the following critical and scientific abilities:
- using a scientific style attentive to proper terminology, clear argumentation and connection with the data;
- apply abstract concepts to understand facts of ordinary life;
- using psychological knowledge to design social psychological interventions.
Examination methods: Written, with open questions, to be completed in one hour and a half. Each answer is scored individually; the final score is the average of the score achieved in each answer.
The exam will test the knowldge of the main models, the definition of the main concepts and the ability to apply abstract notions to the comprehension of concrete phenomena.
Attending students might be involved in activities that contribute to the final grade at the examination; the precise modalities will be explained the first day of class.
Assessment criteria: Correctness, pertinence, terminological appropriateness, argumentative accuracy will all contribute to a successful performance at the final examination. Generic language, commonsensical concepts and confusion between reserch domains will be taken as indicators of poor preparation.
Course unit contents: Main theretical and methodological frameworks
The Self and self presentation
Social perception and attribution
Social influence and persuasion
Group processes
Prosocial behavior
Face-to-face and mediated interaction
Persuasive technology
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes both lectures and class exercises so as to strengthen comprehension and practice the abilities targeted by the course. Attendance records will be kept.
Optional student activities will also be available to meet the needs of the students who prefer a more active approach.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Attending students will be given material (papers and slides covering contents not present in the textbook) in partial replacemennt of Delamater's handbok, which will anyway remain the primary reference. Such material will be made available via Moodle.

Optional readings, especially recommended (although not mandatory) to non-attending students to compensate for the contents they have not acquired in class:
J.R.Smith, S.A. Haslam, Social psychology: revisiting the classic studies. London: Sage, 2012.
J. Potter , A. Wetherell, Discourse and social psychology. London: Sage, 1987.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Delamater, Myers, Colletts, Social psychology. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2015. Only chapters: 1,4,6, 7, 9, 10,13, and p 58 to 61 in Ch2, pp 299-305 in Ch 8 and 481 to 490 in Ch 14 Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Story telling
  • Concept maps
  • Peer assessment
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Reduced Inequalities Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions