RESEARCH AND INTERVENTION IN SOCIAL CONTEXTS
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Through analysis and comparison between scientific articles and essays, the course aims to promote theoretical knowledge about the approaches taken in the study of the issues raised. Using a discussion of cases approach, it also aims to develop the students’ ability to understand and to address the questions posed by the
postmodern reality. The course also proposes to show how this knowledge can be applied to a professional reality: it aims to develop skills in the design and
evaluation of psychosocial interventions.
Finally, the course aims to foster students' critical thinking and independent judgment with respect to theoretical issues addressed, as well as to improve
their ability to communicate about the aspects they have investigated and learned.
Fundamentals of social psychology.
English: ability to read scientific articles
Course contents summary
The course will focus on the latest theoretical and research approaches in social psychology and on possible lines of psychosocial intervention.
Through a critical analysis of the paradigms of research utilized for the study of the interaction between the psychological and the social world, will face issues as
intercultural relations and prejudice, the risk perception and the opportunities and risks related to the virtual identity in post-modern societies.
Books, chapters of books, review articles and research articles that will be defined during the lessons.
Lectures, seminars with experts, and individual study will be proposed in order to facilitate the acquisition of theoretical knowledge. Group work, individual papers,
and discussions in the classroom will be offered to facilitate the development of competences, to encourage the acquisition of the ability to apply this knowledge in
real life, to enhance independent judgment and communication skills.
Assessment methods and criteria
The exam includes a written and an oral examination. The written examination is designed to assess the knowledge and skills acquired, as well as students’
independent judgment and criticism.
The oral examination will assess students’ ability to communicate and to apply those skills to reality.
Competences will be evaluated during the course also through works.