PSYCHOLOGY OF GROUPS AND FAMILIES
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The main objective is the acquisition of critical thinking in relation to specific case studies connected to the news (such as Rignano Flaminio as regards group dynamics, or Cittadella case as regards family conflicts). Other objectives are understanding, analyzing and interpreting social phenomena. At the end on the course the students will be able to develop autonomous professional judgment skills. Group discussion will have a significant role in the empowerment of the students skills through peer reviewing and comparison.
Course contents summary
The course is focused on the main group theories and explains studies and researches of social psychology and psychoanalytic approach.
The three monographs deal with themes linked to practical/concrete/operational aspects of group dynamics.
Historical and cultural changes of the family will be approached together with the new kinds of family structures. In particular, specific activities on the role and functions of the social assistant will be implemented.
David G Myers Psicologia Sociale, ed. Mc Graw – Hill, 2009 Milano (cap. 1, cap 6, cap 8, cap 9, cap 11).
G. Badolato , M.G. Di Iullo , Gruppi Terapeutici e gruppi di formazione, ed Bulzoni 2007 Roma (parte prima cap. 1, cap 2; parte seconda cap 1, cap 2).
C. Gozzoli, C. Regalia, Migrazioni e Famiglie – percorsi, legami e interventi psicosociali, ed il Mulino 2005 Bologna.
V Cigoli Psicologia della Separazione e del divorzio, ed il Mulino 1998, Bologna.
A Salvini, Ultrà – Psicologia del tifoso violento, ed Giunti 2004, Firenze – Milano
A Lombardo, La Comunità Psicoterapeutica - Cultura, Strumenti, Tecnica. Ed Franco Angeli , 2004 Milano
L Migliorini, N Rania, L Venini, Gli adolescenti e la città. Ed Franco Angeli 2002 Milano
Besides the frontal lessons documentaries on the course topics will be shown.
Students will be invited to provide personal researches, bibliographies and news articles on specific issues dealt during the lessons in order to apply their knowledge to specific contexts.
Assessment methods and criteria
Attending the lessons is strongly recommended.
Those who can not attend will take an oral exam.
The students who attend the lessons will be asked to prepare mid- term written reports on specific topics developed during the course studies.
Assessment at the term exams (oral/written) will be objective-oriented and will test students' knowledge, their critical thinking and operational skills.
The final evaluation is considered satisfactory if the student proves a general knowledge of the syllabus topics, together with the ability of linking different themes.