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  • Teacher Gaetano Vincenzo Giovanni Martorano

  • Credits 8

  • SSD M-PSI/06

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Rimini

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Expert in Social and Cultural Education (cod. 5727)


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

Decent work and economic growth Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student:

  • Is familiar with and understands the main concepts and theoretical approaches developed in the field of Work Psychology to analyze the interdependent relationships between the individual, work task and organization.
  • Is capable of analyzing work contexts and relationships and selecting methodological and instrumental approaches to analyze and to intervene according to the characteristics of each specific context.
  • Is able to identify the main psycho-social factors that pose a threat to individual and organizational well-being.
  • Is familiar with the theoretical models involved in the study of career development across the lifespan.
  • Is familiar with the main theoretical frameworks for understanding the construct of employability, flexibility, and job insecurity.
  • Is familiar with the main functions, purposes, and methods associated with different types of career guidance interventions.
  • Is familiar with the main models concerning career anchors, their function, characteristics, and their role in intervention strategies aimed at career management and development.

Course contents

The course aims to introduce students to the relevant concepts of work psychology and career guidance. Specifically, we want to encourage: the acquisition of knowledge of the two areas of study and interventions, providing useful elements to get to know the main study and research approaches in the field of work psychology and career guidance; know the issues related to the relationships between individual-group-organization in the construction of their work, also with a view to organizational well-being, protective factors and risk factors; know the theoretical reference models of career guidance for the study of career development throughout life; know the main functions and methods of guidance intervention and those in support of career development, to promote employability also in reference to situations of complex employability (weak categories); understand the main national standards and reference documents on employment and orientation.


Chapters to be studied for each text are listed below.


1) Sarchielli, G. & Fraccaroli, F. (2017). Introduzione alla psicologia del lavoro. Bologna: Il Mulino

  • Capitolo I. Lo studio psicologico del lavoro
  • Capitolo II. Lavorare oggi: esigenza di un nuovo contratto psicologico
  • Capitolo III. Il legame psicologico tra individuo e lavoro
  • Capitolo V. Psicologia e sicurezza nei luoghi di lavoro
  • Capitolo VI. Costi e ricavi del lavoro
  • Capitolo VII. Condotte lavorative anomale e controproducenti


2) Guglielmi, D. & Chiesa, R. (2021). Orientamento scolastico e professionale. Bologna: Il Mulino

  • Capitolo I. Nuove sfide per l’orientamento
  • Capitolo II. Psicologia dell’orientamento: approcci teorici
  • Capitolo III. Funzioni dell’orientamento e competenze per attuarle


3) Toderi, S. & Sarchielli, G. (2013). Sviluppare la carriera lavorativa. Bologna: Il Mulino.

  • Capitolo III. Teoria delle ancore di carriera
  • Capitolo IV. Metodi per le ancore di carriera
  • Capitolo V. Ancore di carriera e sviluppo delle persone nelle organizzazioni

Teaching methods

The course consists of frontal lectures supported by PowerPoint presentations and integrated with group discussions and other material available on


The different topics will be presented first from a theoretical-conceptual point of view. Subsequently, for the main topics of a strictly applicative nature, projects and paths regarding the two areas of the course will be presented. In particular, projects will also be presented at a regional level relating to good practices connected to job reintegration and employability support. The viewing of videos on topics related to the course or even interventions by external guests, experts in the topics of the course, may be taken into consideration, even following requests or solicitation from students

Assessment methods

The final exam is written and consists of a series of multiple choice questions (40), which present four different answer alternatives. The exam lasts 30 minutes; the grade will be expressed in 30s.

The reference course books for the exam are those indicated in the bibliography.

Students with disabilities or specific learning disabilities are invited to contact the teacher if they wish to take into consideration the possibility of an adaptation of the examination method (e.g. oral exam) or if they have particular needs in relation to the lessons too.

We specify that to this day the ordinary way of carrying out exams is the one in presence.

Please keep yourself updated on the pages of the institutional website, in reference to the pandemic situation and possible restrictions.

In order to take the exam, students must enrol through AlmaEsami application. Students who are unable to enrol by the expected deadline due to technical problems, are required to promptly notify the Teaching Secretariat and the Professor.

Teaching tools

Following the lessons, the materials can be downloaded from the website https://virtuale.unibo.it/

Office hours

See the website of Gaetano Vincenzo Giovanni Martorano