Social and community psychology - PSICOLOGIA SOCIALE E DEI GRUPPI (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Sabrina Berlanda
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Sem. 1A dal Sep 21, 2020 al Oct 31, 2020.

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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: Aronson, E., Wilson, T.D., Sommers, S.R. (2019). Psicologia Sociale.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Elliot Aronson, Timothy D. Wilson, Samuel R. Sommers Psicologia Sociale (Edizione 5) Il Mulino 2019 8815284729

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam with two open questions. The aim of these questions is to assess the students’ knowledge of the subjects described in the book. The final mark of the exam entitled “Psicologia Sociale e di Comunità” will be the mean score of the evaluations of the student’s responses to four questions (two on the subjects of the module of Social Psychology and two on the module of Community Psychology) expressed in thirtieths. The student must achieve a pass in both modules in the exam in the same exam session. The assessment methods and criteria will be the same for attending and non-attending students.
The exam regulations may change in accordance with specific safety standards. This may include the use of oral examinations.