02505 - Dynamic Psychology

Academic Year 2023/2024

Learning outcomes

At the end of the teaching course, the student:
1. knows the basic concepts of the freudian model and of the post-freudian models
2. knows the fundamental models and orientations of psychoanalytical theory and is able to compare them
3. gains competences on the psychodynamic models of development and on the developmental psychopathology
4. is able to understand and analyze the influence of child experiences on the development of personality and of relational styles.

Course contents

The course will take place during the first semester in AULA C, P. zza A. Moro, 90, Cesena. The course is for students attending the second year of the first Cycle Degree in Psychological Sciences and Techniques.

The main contents of the course will be:

  1. Theory and psychodynamic clinical work
  2. The Freudian System: basic concepts and main theoretical contributions
  3. Basic concepts of Jung model and analytical psychology
  4. The Ego psychology (A. Freud)
  5. Object relations theory (Klein)
  6. Infant psychoanalysis and Infant observation
  7. The model of mind development (Bion)
  8. The Developmental paradigm (Winnicott)
  9. The organization of personality (Kernberg)
  10. The attachment theory (Bowlby, Ainsworth, Main)
  11. Infant Research and infant development (Tronick, Stern)


The books to study are 4.

3 manuals that include all the main topics of the program, and 1 book further deepening specific issues:

4 Manuals (only selected Chapters):

1) Blandino G. (2009). Psicologia come funzione della mente. UTET Università. Only Chapter 25.

2) Brustia Rutto P. (2001). Lezioni di Psicologia dinamica: Sigmund Freud. Bollati Boringhieri. Only the following Chapters: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (only pp. 84-100).

3) Mangini E. (2003). Lezioni sul pensiero post-freudiano. LED Edizioni. Only the following Chapters: 4, 5 (only pp. 123-128), 7, 9 (only pp. 193-220; 242-247), 10, 15 (only pp. 370-375; 382-385),, 18 (only pp. 428-434), 19, 20 (only pp. 471-489).

4) Lingiardi V., Madeddu F. (2023). I meccanismi di difesa. Teoria, valutazione, clinica. Terza edizione. Raffaello Cortina Editore. Solo le seguenti pagine: 27-33 (paragrafo su Otto Kernberg).

One book (between the following 4):

1) Gramantieri R., Monti F. (2014). Sogno, mito, pensiero. Freud Jung Bion. Bologna: Persiani Editore. Do not study Chapter 4.

2) Innamorati M. (2020). Al di là della psicoanalisi. Mondadori Università.

3) Winnicott D.W. (1987). I bambini e le loro madri. Milano: Raffaello Cortina Editore.

4) Caviglia G. (2021). Psicologia dinamica classica e contemporanea. Un’introduzione. Milano: Franco Angeli.

Teaching methods

The course, from the didactic point of view, will be characterised by:

- frontal lessons about the psychodynamic models from Freud to up-to-date theoretical contributions;

- practical activities, by reading scientific articles, watching video and discussing clinical cases;

- deepening of some topics with invited experts;

- (optional) working groups for the study of specific authors (e.g. Bion, Kohut, Bowlby), based on the reading of authors' writings; the groups will be decided at the beginning of the course.

Assessment methods

The final exam is a written test (evaluation is in 30) based on the 4 books; the duration is 2 hours. The exam aims to evaluate the following learning outcomes:

a) to know the main psychodynamic models on mind functioning;

b) to know main competences on models on the development of the mind and of developmental psychopathology;

c) to understand the influence of early experiences on the development of personality and of relational styles.

The written exam includes 3 sections, each of them has a a score ranging from 0 to 10:

- the first section includes 10 questions with multiple answers: the score is 0 for no or wrong answer and 1 for right answer;

- the second and the third sections are composed, each, by 2 open questions, with possible score from 0 to 5.

The final grade is obtained by the sum of the 3 scores of each section.

The exam is passed if, for every part, the minimum score reached is 6. To get the pass mark, then, it is necessary to show a knowledge at least partial for each one of the 3 sections.

In case of a very exhaustive and complete exam, that shows a deep understanding, an ability in making connections and critical analyses, other than a mastery in the use of the specific terminology, the grade will correspond to 30/30 cum Laude.

In order to do the exam, it is mandatory the subscription on the specific online program, respecting the deadline. If the deadline is not respected, the student has to get in contact with the didactical secretary. The Professor will decide if accepting the student or not to the exam.

Support tools are not permitted during the exam.

Students with certified disabilities can benefit from support instruments for the exam as established by L. n°170/2010.

Erasmus students and other students with special needs are invited to contact the Professor.

There are not any in itinere or intermediate exams.

Teaching tools

Videoprojector and PC.

During the lessons the Professor will also use slides presentations, available on the University IOL web platform.

Office hours

See the website of Francesca Agostini