Social Psychology (i) (2020/2021)

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Sabrina Berlanda
Sabrina Berlanda
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Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide students with a theoretical-critical knowledge of the foundations of social psychology. The historical-conceptual development of the discipline, its definition and the specificity of doing research in social psychology will be presented. For example, the themes related to self-perception, social perception, dynamics related to social influence will be explored with particular attention to conformism and dyadic and group interactions. At the end of the module the student should know the basic aspects of the discipline and be able to read with a psychosocial view the main dynamics that govern social functioning.


The module covers the following topics: - social cognition and perception, - social categorization and stereotypes, - self, personal and social identity, - attitudes and persuasion, - aggressiveness - prosocial behavior - leadership, - social influence in groups, - intergroup relations, prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination
Text-book: Aronson, E., Wilson, T.D., Sommers, S.R. (2019). Psicologia Sociale.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Elliot Aronson, Timothy D. Wilson, Samuel R. Sommers Psicologia Sociale (Edizione 5) Il Mulino 2019 8815284729

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will be written and it will include 10 multiple-choice questions and two open-ended questions. The aim of these questions is to assess the students’ knowledge of the subjects described in the book.
Each multiple-choice question has 4 response alternatives only one of which is correct. Each correct answer will be awarded 1 point; 0 points will be assigned to every wrong answer or answer not given (there are no penalties for wrong answers or not given).
Responses to each open-ended question will be evaluated by assigning a score between 0 and 10 points. For responses to open-ended questions, the evaluation criteria include: relevance, quality and richness of arguments, appropriate language.
Scores of multiple-choice questions and open-ended questions will be summed up to form a final score. Students will be asked to complete the exam in 50 minutes.
The assessment methods and criteria will be the same for attending and non-attending students.