Social and community psychology - PSICOLOGIA SOCIALE E DEI GRUPPI (2019/2020)

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Sabrina Berlanda
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Sem. 1A dal Sep 23, 2019 al Oct 31, 2019.

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Learning outcomes

This module offers an introduction to Social Psychology, its areas of interest, and main theories, with particular reference to social influence processes in interpersonal and intergroup interactions and to how they affect social behavior and individual well-being. The first aim of the module is to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the main theories and constructs in Social Psychology, with particular reference to theoretical concepts that can be most frequently applied to social workers' workplace. A second aim is to provide students with knowledge and understanding of factors that promote the stability or change of social hierarchies. Furthermore, the module aims at developing students' ability to apply key socio-psychological concepts to the professional context, in order to understand the personal, family-related and social antecedents of users’ behaviors and to place users’ difficulties within the social and relational context in which they live.


The module covers the following topics: - social cognition and perception, - social categorization and stereotypes, - self, personal and social identity, - attitudes and persuasion, - aggressiveness - prosocial behavior - leadership, - social influence in groups, - intergroup relations, prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination Text-book: Crisp, R.J, & Turner, R.N. (2017, 2nd Ed.). Psicologia sociale, Utet Università: Torino. Chapters.: 1-13.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Crisp, R., & Turner, R. N. Psicologia Sociale (Edizione 2) UTET Università 2017

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will be written and it will include two open-ended questions about the syllabus topics. The evaluation criteria include: relevance, quality and richness of arguments, appropriate language. Examination method and criteria will be the same for attending and non-attending students. The grades of the modules “Psicologia sociale e dei gruppi” and “Psicologia dinamica” will be averaged to obtain the final grade for the course “Social and Group Psychology” (30 point scale). Students are expected to pass both modules in the same exam session.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and in accordance with the University of Verona guidelines, during ​the 2020 summer session the assessment modality will be modified as follows: online oral exam.