03331 - Social Psychology II

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Docente: Silvia Mazzuca
  • Credits: 6
  • SSD: M-PSI/05
  • Language: Italian
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Social Work (cod. 8040)

Learning outcomes

The second part of the course of Social Psychology aims to provide students with a general overview of adolescence as it has been developed by recent research. Adolescence is a specific phase in the psychosocial development of an individual and it is characterised by a series of crucial problems relating both to developmental tasks and to the social contexts in which adolescents live. At the end of the course, students will be able to understand the phenomenology of adolescence from a social-psychological perspective, and they will develop an initial ability to cope to such problems.

Course contents

The second part of the course of Social Psychology will be dedicated to deepening the knowledge of the adolescence.

At the beginning of the course, the main theories and epistemological perspectives about adolescence and adolescent development will be discussed. Then, it will be examined how different social contexts influence - either hindering or promoting- the development of adolescent’s identity.

These contents are highly relevant for the training of Social Workers who have to deal, in their professional practice, with individuals in this transitional stage.


Palmonari, A. (a cura di) (2011). Psicologia dell'adolescenza (terza edizione). Bologna, Il Mulino

Teaching methods

Lectures will be given with the aid of slides. During classes, discussions and group exercises on relevant topics of social life will be organized.

Assessment methods

Learning will be assessed through a written test consisting of multiple-choice questions (31 questions; 1 point for every correct answer, -0.25 for every wrong answer). Students who regularly attend classes will be entitled to access intermediate evaluations during the course.

Teaching tools

The crucial issues of psychology of adolescence will be addressed presenting the most influential theories, research, and authors of this discipline. Lessons will be complemented by slides and videos on the topics of the course.

Office hours

See the website of Silvia Mazzuca


Reduced inequalities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.