The course aims to promote theoretical knowledge related to the main
study models of social development from infancy to adolescence. The
course also proposes to show how this knowledge can be applied to a
professional reality through the use of survey instruments and
development assessment. Finally, the course aims to foster students’
independent judgment with respect to the theoretical issues studied and
improve their ability to communicate about the aspects they have
investigated and learned.
Course contents summary
The first set of introductory lessons will cover aspects related to social
development: social competence, primary and secondary socialization,
emotional and cognitive socialization.
Then issues such as adult relationships, peer relationships, friendship,
social acceptance, social withdrawal and Self- Development will be taken
The course will provide an overview of social development, starting from
infancy to adolescence. In particular, in the first part of the course the
construction of social competence will be illustrated. Lessons will be
centered on child-adult attachments, sibling relationships, and peer
In the second part, the construction of the self will be illustrated.
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Corsano P. (2007). Socializzazioni.
Lectures and individual study will be proposed in order to facilitate the
acquisition of theoretical knowledge. Group work , discussions in the
classroom and exercises will be offered to encourage the acquisition of
the ability to apply this knowledge in real life, their independent
judgment and communication skills.
Assessment methods and criteria
The test includes a written exam with 30 closed questions with multiple answers (I part) and 4 open questions.
One point (max 30) is assigned to each correct answer of the first part. The second part can be assigned a maximum score of 30 and laude.
To pass the exam the student must take the sufficiency in both parts. The final vote is the average of the votes in part I and II.