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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP5070224, 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
SP1419, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, 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
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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 is available ONLY for students enrolled in SOCIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Teacher in charge ANDREA BOBBIO M-PSI/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core 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 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
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Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 BOBBIO ANDREA (Presidente)
CANOVA LUIGINA (Membro Effettivo)
4 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 BOBBIO ANDREA (Presidente)
CANOVA LUIGINA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: None.
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 5 open-ended questions, of which two dealing with the topics of the required textbook n. 1, and one question for each of required textbooks/paper n. 2, 3 and 4a or 4b.
The exam will require no more than 90 minutes.
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: The course and the exams are based on the content of three textbooks and one paper (see the paragraph "Testi di riferimento"): n. 1 (compulsory), n. 2 (compulsory), n. 3 (compulsory), and a third one to be selected between options 4a or 4b.
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.
- 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)
  • 1) Hogg, M. A., Vaughan, G. M., Psicologia Sociale. Teorie e applicazioni. Milano-Torino: Pearson, 2016. (II edizione italiana a cura di L. Arcuri) Cerca nel catalogo
  • 2) Palmonari, A., Cavazza, N., Ricerche e protagonisti della psicologia sociale. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2003. Cerca nel catalogo
  • 3) Haslam, A., & Reicher, D., 50 Years of “Obedience to Authority”: From Blind Conformity to Engaged Followership. Palo Alto, CA: Annual Review of Law and Social Science, 13, 13-59, 2017.
  • 4a) Volpato, C., Deumanizzazione. Come si legittima la violenza. Roma-Bari: Laterza, 2013. (a scelta) Cerca nel catalogo
  • 4b) Volpato, C., Psicosociologia del maschilismo. Roma-Bari: Laterza, 2013. (a scelta) 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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