Psychology of identity
Learning outcomes of the course unit
At the end of the course students will be able:
- To know and to compare the epistemological and theoretical approaches used in the study of self and identity
- To recognize the psychological, relational, and social contents and processes related to identity;
- To Know the main instruments used to study the self and identity, and to know how to administer and how to analyze them;
- To apply the acquired knowledge in an autonomous and critical way to read the challenges posed by post-modern society
- Know how to communicate adequately on the issues addressed
Elements of Social Psychology
Course contents summary
The course deeps the psychological, relational and social content and processes related to the self and tothe construction of identity, which will be analyzed according to the approaches developed within social psychology: From cognitive approaches, synthesized in the “cognizer self” metaphor, to the social approaches that emphasize the idea of a socialized self, to the motivational ones that focus on the phenomenological self, to postmodern approaches that support the idea of a dialogic and polyphonic self, and of a fluid, saturated and kaleidoscopic self.
The analysis of the main instruments and methods of analysis of the self and of the identity within the different approaches will be part of the contents of the course.
Some lessons will be about the changes of the Self in postmodern societies and about the importance that in this age plays the cultural dimension on the one hand, and the possibilities of experimenting with virtual selves on the other hand. The psychosocial analysis of gossip and reputation functions will complete the picture of the topics that will be addressed in the course.
- Mancini Tiziana (2010), Psicologia dell’identità. Bologna: Il Mulino.
- Mancini Tiziana (2001), Sé e identità. Modelli, problemi e metodi in psicologia sociale, Roma: Carocci (Introduzione e cap. 5).
- Cavazza Nicoletta (2012). Pettegolezzi e reputazione. Parlare degli assenti. Bologna: Il Mulino.
Videotapes, lectures, seminars and exercises
Assessment methods and criteria
The evaluation of the knowledge acquired consists of a written exam with three open questions (1 hour). To each question can be assigned a maximum score of 10 points depending on: a) the relevance of the answer; b) their correctness and spelling; their completeness; d) the student capacity for critical reflection and / or for practical application of the matter. Only in the presence of all the three requirements can be attributed 10 points for each question.
The oral exam is optional; students who have reached a vote of at least 24/30 at the written test may request it.
The results of the written exam will be published on the Esse3 portal within one / two weeks of the exam date. The students will be able to view the exam, after appointment with the teacher.