00870 - Social Psychology

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student - knows the main theoretical and methodological orientations of social psychology; - is able to distinguish between the concepts of 'personal identity' of 'social identity'; - is able to master concepts such as: 'risk factors and protection', 'resilience', 'global therapeutic environment', 'therapeutic community', 'adolescent deviance'; - knows the concept of 'empowerment' and 'burnout'; - knows the main problems related to the migration process; - knows in depth the main theories of social development; - is able to master the concepts of 'ecological context', 'ecological niche' and 'psychosocial transition'; - knows in depth the main tasks of development in adolescence; - is able to distinguish between the concepts of 'Social aggregate' and 'Group'; - is able to carry out educational projects in the field of prevention and intervention on social problems; - is able to actively participate in the work and supervision team; - will know the main information retrieval tools within their area of intervention; - will be able to carry out bibliographical research in his field of study; - is able to conduct group activities; - is able to critically and periodically carry out self-assessment and self-monitoring activities.

Course contents

The course regards the following areas:

  1. Psycho-social aspects of development – early childhood, adolescents, risks and protection.;
  2. Difficulties in growing up, in particular problems linked with immigration, use and abuse of drugs, juvenile delinquency, community centres for under 18's and characteristics that make a care context effective and protective;
  3. Gender differences
  4. Aspects of professional life, in particular the necessary skills to enable empowerment , the risk of burnout and working in a team.



Speltini, G. (2005), Minori, disagio e aiuto psicosociale , Bologna, Il Mulino, 2005.

Miceli, M. (2013). Sentirsi soli. Bologna: il Mulino.



Melotti, G., Biolcati, R., Passini, S. (2009). Una lettura psicosociale del bullismo nel Web. In M.L. Genta, A. Brighi, A. Guarini (a cura di), Bullismo elettronico. Fattori di rischio connessi alle nuove tecnologie. ROMA: Carocci; pp. 55-70.


Examination material can be added during the lessons in the virtual space dedicated to the course.

Teaching methods

In addition to lectures there will also be some pen and paper activities and group work.

Assessment methods

The exam consists of a written test with three open questions taken from the topics in the textbooks. The exam lasts an hour and a half.

Office hours

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