GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY II
Learning outcomes of the course unit
- Main objective of the Course is the development of a study path that will enhance the student’s critical attitude and ability to compare recent research on animal and human behaviour with the older ones, to understand haow evolutionary psychology has in progress of time assimilated the rules of biologystudying the adaptation of species to environment. To reach this objective the acquisition of psychological and biological competences will be crucial, so these notions will be widely discussed during the lessons.
- Knowledge of the main evolutionary theories, to analyze their theoretical and conceptual frames
. - Knowledge and ability to interpretate the transformation in biologic system, including the cultural ones, in the wider frame of general transformation in animal and human societies.
- Acquire descriptive and analytical competences on the core role of biologic-behavioural and evolutionary processes.
- Ability to interpretate in psychological key, i.e. according of mental functions, the animal and human behaviour.
Course contents summary
General psychology II
The first section of the course will deal with the history of evolutionary psychology, how and when it is born and its most important authors in the 20th and 21th centuries.
The second section of the course will follow scientific developments and single aspects of the matter in depth.
General Psychology II is a widening of General Psychology. The study will pay attention to the historical course of some subjets as animal and comparative psychology. It will be pay a particular attention to the Darwins' evolutionaries theories.
Tartabini. Fondamenti di psicologia evoluzionistica. Liguori, Napoli 2012.
Buss. Psicologia evoluzionistica. Pearson Milano 2012.
Tartabini. Uomini e scimmie in pericolo. Mursia Milano 2013.
- The main teaching method will be frontal lesson. During the Course multimedia and interactive resources will be used to integrate contents and promote an active dialogue with students.
Assessment methods and criteria
- Final assessment will consist in oral examination on lesson’s contents and specific literature made available to the student.
- Ability to establish relationship betweenp sychological and biological aspects of animal behavour will be assessed. This ability is the main focus both of frontal lessons and bibliography.
- Written examination will be based on open questions with limitation in length for answers (7 lines). They will not be limited to content assessment, but will be formulated in order to understand if the candidate is able to establish relationships between the various theoretical and methodological frameworks, according to lessons content and reference bibliography.
- The assessment criteria are three:
1. Knowledge of the main topics of the lessons articulated in thematic paths, and of the reference bibiography.
2. Ability to understand historical, theoretical and methodological problems fo the subject matter.
3. Ability to establish relationships between the different contents and aspects of the subject matter.
If the student complies with all of these three criteria, he will be evaluated with 18/30 mark or more.