00870 - Social Psychology

Course Unit Page

Academic Year 2017/2018

Learning outcomes

By 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 and social identity; - is able to master concepts such as: risk and security factors, resilience, global therapeutic environment, therapeutic community, adolescent deviance - knows the concept of empowerment and burn-out; - knows the main issues related to the migration process; - knows the main theories of social development; - is able to master the concepts of ecological context and psychosocial transition; - knows in detail the developmental task in adolescence; - is able to run educational projects in the field of prevention and intervention on social distress; - is able to participate actively in all team work and supervision; - is able to critically evaluate educational projects in the field of prevention and intervention on social distress; - knows the main tools for information retrieval within this area of intervention; - can carry out bibliographical researches in his/her field of study; - is able to conduct group activities; - is able to conduct individual interviews; - is able to draw up reports of research and reports on his/her activities; - knows how to use the main software submission in electronic format; - is able to make autoupdating activities; - is able to carry out self-assessment and self-monitor activities periodically and in a critical way.

Course contents

The program concerns some main areas:

  1. Adolescence and emerging adulthood in their "normality" and "non normality" (school as a complex context; migration; substance addiction; juvenile violence and deliquency).
  2. The helping professions between potentials and risks.
  3. Social Psychology of prejudices and stereotypes and their possible solutions.
  4. The actual societies and the risk of indifference.


  • G. Speltini (a cura di) (2016). L'età giovanile: disagio e risorse psicosociali. Bologna, Il Mulino.
  • A. Zamperini, M. Menegatto (2011). La società degli indifferenti. Roma, Carocci.
  • P. Villano (2013, nuova edizione). Pregiudizi e stereotipi, Roma, Carocci
  • M. Poggi Johnson (2007). Stranieri e vicini. Bologna, Il Mulino

Teaching methods

The course is organised on the basis of:

  •  lectures supported by PowerPoint slides;
  •  group discussions about the proposed themes;
  •  supporting material taken from different disciplinary fields (literature,cinema, essay writing).

Assessment methods

The exam will be a writing with three open questions. Before the end of the course a list of the possible examination questions will be provided by the teacher.


Teaching tools

Lessons will be accompanied by PowerPoint slides.

Office hours

See the website of Giuseppina Speltini