03330 - Social Psychology I

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

Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student:

- will have a general knowledge on the motivational and cognitive processes characterising social interaction and intergroup relations;

- will know and will be able to apply some basic theoretical and methodologicaltools to interpret such processes;

- willdevelop relational skills that allow to collaborate within teams composed by other professional figures.

Course contents

Introductory information on the history of social psychology will be provided together with basic introduction to the main epistemological approaches of the discipline theoretical constructs and research paradigms. A great deal of attention will be payed to the procesess of knowledge formation and social reality representation. Then, the more pragmatic aspects of social behaviour will be considered such as communication and the bases of altruistic and aggressive behaviour. The course will then address issues regarding the self and identity. Moreover, topics reffering to group life will be addressed highliting both intragroup and intergroup processes. Additionally, social influence processes will be considered. Finally, main principles of social psychology will be applied to the study of adolescence.
These contents are highly relevant for the training of Social Workers who, in their professional practice, will work in a team and will interact with individuals belonging to different groups. Therefore, it is necessary that they understand social processes that underlie interpersonal, intragroup, and intergroup relationships.


Palmonari, A., Cavazza, N. e Rubini, M.(2012). Manuale di Psicologia Sociale (seconda edizione). Bologna, Il Mulino

Palmonari, A. (a cura di) (2011). Psicologia dell'adolescenza (terza edizione). Bologna, Il Mulino (Capitoli 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16)

Teaching methods

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

Assessment methods

In June and July 2020, learning will be assessed through a test consisting of multiple-choice questions and an oral exam. Both evaluations will be conducted online. Students who regularly attend classes will be entitled to access intermediate evaluations during the course.

Teaching tools

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

Office hours

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