Social psychology applied to the real and virtual environments
Learning outcomes of the course unit
At the end of the course the student should have acquired knowledge and skills related to the analysis of psychosocial processes in post-modern societies, with particular reference on the one hand to the dynamics concerning cultural diversity, on the other hand to interactions with and within virtual environments. The student should also have developed:
1) the ability to understand and face, with independent judgment and a critical sense, the questions and challenges posed by post-modern societies (especially through discussion in class around socially relevant issues);
2) the ability to use and apply the knowledge deriving from social psychology to the role of psychologist (especially through exercises and classroom simulations);
3) the ability to design targeted psychosocial interventions (especially through classroom reflection on how research results can be applied to reality and group work implemented with the supervision of the teacher);
4) the ability to communicate clearly and to critically discuss theoretical models, research, and practical applications related to the topics addressed during the course.
Elements of social psychology.
English: ability to understand scientific articles
Course contents summary
The course will focus on the latest theoretical and research approaches in applied social psychology and on possible lines of psychosocial intervention.
Through a critical analysis of the epistemological, theoretical and empirical paradigms the course will focus on issues related to applied social psychology such as: a) cultural diversity, intercultural relations, and psychological intervention in the multicultural society; b) psychosocial processes implicated in the self and other perception as well as in the interpersonal and intergroup relationships in the virtual worlds.
- Manetti L. (1998). Paradigmi epistemologici e criteri di valutazione delle qualità delle indagini empiriche. In L. Manetti a cura di Strategie di ricerca in psicologia sociale. Roma: Carocci, cap I, pp. 13-48.
- Inguglia C. (2012). La progettazione di interventi sociali. Linee guida e esempi applicativi. Roma: Carocci Faber, cap. 1 e 2, pag. 21-71.
TEACHING MODULE 1
- Mancini, T. (2006). Psicologia dell'identità etnica. Sè e appartenenze culturali. Roma: Carocci
- Davolo, A., Mancini, T. (2017). L’intervento psicologico con I migranti. Bologna: Il Mulino.
- Rossi, M., Mancini T. (2016). I processi di acculturazione dei migranti forzati tra comunità ospitanti, comunità etniche e comunità virtuali. Psicologia Sociale, 2, 105-140.
- Kessler T., Mummenday A. (2008). Il pregiudizio e le relazioni intergruppi. In M. Hewstone, W. Stroebe, K. Jonas, A. Voci (a cura di). Introduzione alla psicologia sociale. Bologna: Il Mulino (2010, pp. 405-443).
- Hewstone M., Voci A. (2009). Diversità e integrazione: il ruolo del contatto intergruppi nei processi di riduzione del pregiudizio e risoluzione dei conflitti. Psicologia Sociale, Vol IV, 1: 9-28.
TEACHING MODULE 2
- Wallace, P. (2017 nuova edizione). La psicologia di Internet. Milano: Raffaello Cortina Editore (Cap. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, 11).
Recommended reading: SLIDES (uploaded on Elly)
Lectures in presence / distance (in synchronous and asynchronous mode) with spaces for interaction with students, seminars with experts, and individual study will be proposed in order to facilitate the acquisition of theoretical knowledge. Simulations, exercises, and discussions i
- in small or large groups - will be offered to facilitate the development of competences, to encourage the acquisition of the ability to apply this knowledge, to enhance independent judgment and communication skills.
Assessment methods and criteria
The exam includes a written test, an oral exam.
A) a written exam consisting first of all of multiple choice questions. The writing is aimed at ascertaining the theoretical knowledge, it will be evaluated in thirtieths and will have a weight on the final evaluation evaluation of 30%. The student who does not get at least 18/30 cannot access the oral exam.
C) Through the oral examination (weight 70%), the following competences will be assessed the ability: a) to understand and deal with questions posed by postmodern society with autonomy and critical sense; b) to communicate clearly and to discuss critically the arguments addressed; c) to apply the skills learned to the reality and work of the psychologist.
The oral exam foresees at least three questions on different topics of the course, in which the following aspects will be evaluated: a) the knowledge , i.e., how much the student deals with the topics in detail; b) the expositive and argumentative competences, i.e., how precise is the language used to expose the concepts and how coherent and logical is the concatenation of the concepts presented; c) the degree of autonomy achieved and the critical competences acquired, i.e., how much the student is able to apply the concepts and theories learned to reality and how much he/she is able to reflect in a cyclical way on the questions posed.
The final grade will be given by the weighted average of the points obtained in each of the criteria indicated above.
The lessons, held in presence, will also be usable remotely in the manner that the teacher deems most effective.
Some didactic materials used during the lessons (eg slides) will be made available on Elly.