Social and community psychology (2012/2013)

Course code
4S02341
Credits
9
Coordinator
Anna Maria Meneghini
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
PSICOLOGIA SOCIALE E DEI GRUPPI 5 M-PSI/05-SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY Sem. 1B Elena Trifiletti
PSICOLOGIA DI COMUNITÀ 4 M-PSI/08-CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY Sem. IIB Anna Maria Meneghini

Learning outcomes

Module: PSICOLOGIA SOCIALE E DEI GRUPPI
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The aim of the course is to provide students with an understanding of the major psychosocial processes, methods, and theorizing in social psychology. Students will develop intellectual skills, such as critical reflection, analysis and interpretation of psychosocial phenomena, and design of interventions.


Module: PSICOLOGIA DI COMUNITÀ
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The course in Community Psychology will start with an analysis of human development from a relational point of view, and will refer to the main concepts introduced in the Social Psychology course. It will introduce the students to the importance of the sense of community for individual and social changes. It will show how the community work can be useful to cope with psycosocial desease and to promote and develop individual resourses in relationship contests. The theoretical priciples guiding social operators and the pratical strategies will be shown.

Syllabus

Module: PSICOLOGIA SOCIALE E DEI GRUPPI
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The course covers the following topics:
- psychosocial research methods,
- social cognition and perception,
- social categorization and stereotypes,
- self and identity,
- attitudes and persuasion,
- aggression and prosocial behavior,
- social influence in groups,
- leadership and decision making in groups,
- intergroup conflict, prejudice, and discrimination
Readings:
- Hogg M.A, & Vaughan G.M. (2012). Psicologia sociale: Teorie e applicazioni. Milano: Pearson


Module: PSICOLOGIA DI COMUNITÀ
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Course topics:
• human development and the importance of relationships
• quality of life, disease, prevention and health promotion
• the community development: from changing process to its results
• psychological resources and empowerment
• sense of community and involvement
• social support, networking and community
• community work: operators, environments and modalities

Bibliographic references:
A) Lavanco G., Novara C. (2012), Elementi di psicologia di comunità. Progettare, attuare e partecipare il cambiamento sociale, (3° edizione) McGraw-Hill, Milano.
B) One of the following books according to the student’s choice:
- Arcidiacono C. (a cura di) (2004), Volontariato e legami collettivi. Bisogni di comunità e relazione reciproca, F. Angeli, Milano (except chapters 10 and 11);
- Zani B., Cicognani E (1999). Le vie del benessere. Eventi di vita e strategie di coping, Carocci, Roma.
- Meneghini A.M. (2010). Sentire e condividere. Componenti psicologiche e correlati biologici dell’empatia, SEID Editori, Firenze (except chapters 9, 10 and 11).
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Assessment methods and criteria

Module: PSICOLOGIA SOCIALE E DEI GRUPPI
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Written exam + oral exam (optional)
The final mark of the Social and Community Psychology course will be constituted by a single score that can be recorded only after having successfully passed the two modules.


Module: PSICOLOGIA DI COMUNITÀ
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Written exam. More detailes will be comunicated to students during first lesson.
The final mark of the Social and Community Psychology course will be constituted by a single score that can be recorded only after having successfully passed the two modules.