Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2021/2022 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Daniela Maria Pajardi On line or in presence on appointment by email (daniela.pajardi@uniurb.it)

Assigned to the Degree Course

Psychology - Sciences and Techniques (L-24)
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Learning Objectives

The main purpose of the social psychology course is to introduce students to the understanding of the socio-psychological processes of knowledge, representation and action in the social reality underlying the relationships between individuals and groups, as well as to read events in a social key. historians and phenomena of contemporary society. A fundamental way to achieve this goal concerns the acquisition of the appropriate language to explain these processes, which goes beyond the linguistic code used by common sense, to explain the social phenomena in which people play the role of observers or protagonists.
Classical and contemporary social phenomena will be analyzed, such as migration, deviance, terrorism, new media, equal opportunities, etc. through examples in class and thanks to the theoretical reflection of the volume “La society re-thought” and the new textbook indicated.
During the lessons of the second semester 2019-20 and 2020-21, the social dynamics in the Coronavirus emergency (social influence, stereotypes, aggression, prosocial behavior, etc.) were analyzed with particular attention and through group work. The in-depth topics and examples will also be taken up in the next course.


The course program is based on the fundamental concepts and theories of social psychology, with methodological reference to the main research and examples on practical applications to social life.

The basic concepts of the program will be dealt with in particular in the volume by Kenrick et al. (2021). The new study text represents an updated tool that is particularly attentive to the analysis of phenomena of today's society: it is therefore recommended that students study on this book and not on the one adopted in previous years.

· Theoretical perspectives of social psychology

· Research theories and methods

· Research ethics

· Person and situation

· Social cognition

· The presentation of the Self

. Attitudes and persuasion

. Social influence

. Positive social relationships: friendship and love

Prosocial behavior

· Aggression
· Prejudice, stereotype and discrimination

· The dynamics of the groups

. Leadership

. Conflict and cooperation

. Social psychology applied to contexts

A review of the interpretation of social psychology with respect to the change in society in recent decades in the social constructs of culture, family, norms and deviance, political communication, work and conflict, migration, etc. it is presented in particular in the volume by Quadrio and Pajardi (2016).

The sequence of topics will follow the order of the chapters of Crisp and Turner's Social Psychology manual, with thematic insertions from the manual The rethought society of Quadrio and Pajardi.

First week. Presentation of the course and examination methods. History and theories of social psychology. Presentation of the book The company rethought.

Second week. Person and situation, social cognition

Third week. Self and attitudes

Fourth week. Social influence with projection of films of historical research

Fifth week. Positive social relationships and prosocial behavior

Sixth week. . Aggression and social conflict. Presentation of films of historical research.

Seventh week. Stereotype and prejudice.

Eighth week. Group dynamics, leadership and conflict

Ninth week. Social psychology: new perspectives and reading of historical and current social phenomena. General review and exam examples.

Bridging Courses


Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

The student in relation to discipline  will have to show possession:
- The mastery of basic skills;
- Understanding of the basic concepts of the discipline;
- The ability to use knowledge and concepts to reason according to the logic of the discipline.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Slides of the lectures, example of exam 

There are no supporting activities.

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


lectures; the lessons will develop the arguments mainly on the theoretical level, with frequent examples of research and application in various professional contexts. It encouraged the active participation of students and critics.



Course books

Kenrick D.T., Neuberg S.L., Cialdini R.B. e Lundberg-Kenrick D.E., Psicologia Sociale, Pearson Milano, 2021 (edizione italiana a cura di Luciano Arcuri).

Quadrio A. e Pajardi D. (a cura di) La società ri-pensata, Milano, Edra, 2016.

The two texts must be studied in full.

Students enrolled in previous years can take the program foreseen for the 10th year. students enrolled in the year 21-22 must bring the new text.


Written assessment consists of open and / or closed questions. The level of knowledge and depth of the various topics will be assessed, the ability to apply the theories studied to the reading of social phenomena of everyday reality, the critical re-elaboration and the ability to connect different theories and research results.Specifications on the method of examination and examples of questions are available on the site on the exam page

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


There are no differences with respect to the requirements for attending students.


There are no differences with respect to the requirements for attending students.

Course books

There are no differences with respect to the requirements for attending students.


There are no differences with respect to the requirements for attending students.

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