93503 - Developmental Psychology and Wellbeing

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SDGs

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

Good health and well-being Quality education Gender equality Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

By the end of the learning activity students will know the main theoretical approaches to promote well-being across the life-span, tools for assessing the quality of life and psychological well-being in children and adults with typical and atypical development, interventions aimed at improving well-being in developmental and learning contexts

Course contents

The course presents theories, methods, and assessment and intervention tools to promote wellbeing, quality of life and learning in a development and education perspective in the lifecycle. The course involves the following integrated and complementary modules:

Elvis Mazzoni (4 credits; 30 hours)
The module is designed to provide the principal theoretical approach of the course concerning the wellbeing promotion in children, students, young and adults. The module also explores the role of technologies in human development, by considering both their functional use to develop knowledge, skills and their dysfunctional effects on lifecycle development

Carlo Tomasetto (4 credits; 30 hours)
The module will provide an advanced theoretical and empirical approach to understand the developmental and educational consequences of social stigma on children’s health, quality of life and psycho-social well-being, and cognitive functioning. Evidence-based interventions to reduce stigma and its consequences in educational settings will be illustrated.

Each module is composed by theoretical parts, tools presentation, and laboratory activities within research and intervention projects on the covered topics.

The course will take place during the first cycle of lectures (from September to December 2021) at the Aula 1 via Filippo Re, 10 Bologna.

Readings/Bibliography

Scientific papers and other course materials for this course will be made available at the course website. These readings are mandatory to pass the final exam.

Teaching methods

Frontal lectures to interactively discuss the topics covered by the course, individual class presentations, group class presentations, work in small groups to write a project concerning wellbeing promotion.

Assessment methods

Module 1

The final assessment of the Module 1 is based on:

  • 3 class presentation
  • A final small-group project concerning wellbeing promotion by means of technological artifacts
    - Presentation of the project during the final lesson of the course.
    - Project proposal of 10-15 pages.

Students will need to search articles in autonomy.

For each presentation, students will receive max 5 points.

For the project presentation, students will receive max 5 points.

For the final project, students will receive 10 points.

Scoring is graduated as follow:

  • 0-3 points (0-1 for the presentations):s markedly inadequate, evident misunderstanding, lack of critical comprehension, or content off-topic
  • 4-5 points (2 for the presentations): presentation and/or discussion are not fully adequate; imprecisions, surface exam and description of the contents, lack of critical comprehension
  • 6-7 points (3 for the presentations): presentation and discussion are sufficiently clear and understandable to the audience; there are elements that denote critical deepening of the contents, albeit not fully evident
  • 8-9 points (4 for the presentations): presentation and discussion are very clear, lexicon is specific to the topic, evidence is clearly understood and described, and critical comprehension is evident; some of these aspects, however, is present but not fully achieved
  • 10 points (5 for the presentations): presentation and discussion fully meet the requirements as it concerns clarity, lexicon specificity, understanding and explanation of evidence; critical exam of limits and implications of the study goes beyond information explicitly reported in the article.

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Module 2

The final assessment of the Module 2 will result from :

  • 2 class presentation on a research article
  • 1 individual (topic: obesity stigma) and 1 in pairs (topic: sexual objectification in childhood & adolescence)
  • A final presentation in pairs on an evidence-based intervention to address obesity stigma OR sexual objectification in youths.

Students will need to search articles in autonomy.

For each presentation, students will receive max 10 points, which will be based on both the uploaded file and the oral presentation: scoring from 0 to 10 points is graduated as follow:

  • 0-3 points: markedly inadequate, evident misunderstanding, lack of critical comprehension, or content off-topic
  • 4-5 points: presentation and/or discussion are not fully adequate; imprecisions, surface exam and description of the contents, lack of critical comprehension
  • 6-7 points: presentation and discussion are sufficiently clear and understandable to the audience; there are elements that denote critical deepening of the contents, albeit not fully evident
  • 8-9 points: presentation and discussion are very clear, lexicon is specific to the topic, evidence is clearly understood and described, and critical comprehension is evident; some of these aspects, however, is present but not fully achieved
  • 10 points: presentation and discussion fully meet the requirements as it concerns clarity, lexicon specificity, understanding and explanation of evidence; critical exam of limits and implications of the study goes beyond information explicitly reported in the article.

Teaching tools

Scientific papers, Slides (PowerPoint) and video clips.

Office hours

See the website of Elvis Mazzoni

See the website of Carlo Tomasetto