Transcultural psychology (2016/2017)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Federica De Cordova
Federica De Cordova
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. IIA, Sem. IIB

Lesson timetable

Sem. IIA
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.1  
Thursday 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.2  
Sem. IIB
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.3  
Thursday 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.3  

Learning outcomes

• Giving basic conceptual tools in order to frame individual behaviour within cultural dynamics.
• To go in depth with psychological theories dealing with the relationship between culture, self and social processes, from a non-reductionist point of view.
• Analysing culture, psychological processes and social dynamic in the context of educational professional environment.


The main theoretical perspectives in the field of culture and psychology will be presented: cross-cultural, cultural psychology, ethnopsychiatry. Specific contents will be self/other definition, affiliation needs and self-determination, communication processes in multicultural contexts.
Special attention will be given to concepts such as health, illness, well-being, care, from a cultural perspective.
Finally, some concepts will be applied to specific themes carachterising contemporary society including migration, globalization, multiculturalism.

1) Hogg M., Vaughan M., (2016), Psicologia sociale. Teorie e applicazioni, 2° edizione, Pearson, Milano.
Chapters: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,11.
2) Inghilleri P., (a cura di) (2009), Psicologia culturale, Raffaello Cortina, Milano.
Chapters: 1,2,3,4.
3) Aime M., Pietropolli Charmet G., (2014), La fatica di diventare grandi. La scomparsa dei riti di passaggio, Einaudi, Torino.
Chapters: Parte prima I,II,III,IV,V. Parte seconda: III.
4) A written summary of one of the following books:
Ranchetti G., (2015), Il percorso identitario degli adolescenti di origine straniera. Tra culture affettive e diversità culturali, Franco Angeli, Milano.
Ferrari F., (2015), La famiglia inattesa. I genitori omosessuali e i loro figli, Mimesis, Milano.
Bertell L., (2016), Lavoro ecoautonomo. Dalla sostenibilità del lavoro alla praticabilità della vita, Elèuthera, Milano.

Assessment methods and criteria

The final test for foreigner students is always oral.
The summary regarding the text number 4) can be written in English.
For instructions about the summary please click on "teaching aids".

Office hours will be published monthly in the "Announcements" section.

Teaching aids