PSYCHOLOGY OF INTRA-GROUP AND INTER-GROUP RELATIONS (2016/2017)

Course partially running

Course code
4S001379
Name of lecturer
Elena Trifiletti
Coordinator
Elena Trifiletti
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
M-PSI/05 - SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Language of instruction
Italian
Location
VERONA
Period
Sem. IB dal Nov 14, 2016 al Jan 21, 2017.

Lesson timetable

Sem. IB
Day Time Type Place Note
Wednesday 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall Zorzi B  
Thursday 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall Zorzi B  

Learning outcomes

This course focuses on group processes and groups in organizational contexts. The first part of the course will examine group processes and intergroup relations, with a special focus on group formation and cohesion, inclusion and identity, decision making, productivity in groups, intergroup relations and conflict. The second part of the course will focus on group processes in organizations. Organizations are the ideal context to study group dynamics, as they are internally structured groups, characterized by power and status hierarchies. In addition, professional identities often play a key role in the definition of the self, above and beyond other social identities, such as those based on gender, ethnicity or nationality. The course aims to provide students with intellectual skills, such as critical reflection, analysis, and interpretation of intra-group and inter-group dynamics, especially those occurring within organizational contexts. Students will learn how to observe groups and to understand their dynamics; they will have a firm grasp of the main theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of groups, and will learn how to how to successfully lead and improve group processes.

Syllabus

The course will be held in Italian and will cover the following topics:
-group formation
-cohesion, inclusion and identity
-social influence, conformity, obedience and power
-leadership
-group decision making
-group productivity
-intergroup relations and conflict
-organizational identification and organizational commitment
-nested identities within organizations
-intra- and extraorganizational identities
-social identities in acquisitions and mergers
-intra-group cooperation and trust
-majority-minority relations within organizations

Readings:
Forsyth, D. R. (2014). Group dynamics (6th Ed.). Cengage Learning. Chapters: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14.
Hogg, M. A., & Terry, D. J. (2003). Social identity processes in organizational contexts. Psychology Press. Chapters: 3,5,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,16,17.
(The book is in print on demand, with 5-10 working days for printing and about 30 days for shipping; a copy is available in biblioteca Frinzi)

Non attending students who have difficulties with the English language are invited to contact Elena Trifiletti (elena.trifiletti@univr.it) to discuss the readings.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Forsyth, D. R. Group dynamics (6th Ed.). (Edizione 6) Cencage Learning 2014 Capitoli: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14.
Hogg, M. A., & Terry, D. J. Social identity processes in organizational contexts Psychology Press 2003 Capitoli: 3,5,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,16,17.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam

Teaching aids

Documents

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2016/2017