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


A.Y. Credits
2021/2022 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Ariela Francesca Pagani Prof. Ariela Pagani receives students by appointment, writing to ariela.pagani@uniurb.it
Teaching in foreign languages
Course entirely taught in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in a foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Psychology - Sciences and Techniques (L-24)
Date Time Classroom / Location
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Learning Objectives

This exam is the first CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) exam offered in a degree course in psychology in Urbino, and among the first in the entire University. The aim is to combine knowledge of the contents of social psychology on group dynamics with an approach to the understanding and use, both written and oral, of the English language in the scientific field. Specifically, the aim of the course is that students experience the use of the English language in understanding and transmitting contents of the psychological discipline and not learning the language per se, so any grammatical errors will not be corrected but the ability to transmit understandable information will be promoted.


Some topics of social psychology already addressed in the specific exam of Social Psychology (leadership, social influence, competition, etc.) will be resumed and deepened and new topics of group dynamics will be presented, especially oriented to a practical application in training and management of groups (brainstorming, communication processes, etc.). The lessons will be in English, held both by the teacher and by teachers who collaborate with the teaching of English, Dr. Patricia Barzotti and Dr. Rowena Coles, who will hold specific glossary and exercise lessons with interactive teaching.

First week and second weeks. Presentation of the course and examination methods. Presentation of the CLIL course and insights into English culture. Group work to practice understanding and exposition in English.

Third week and fourth weeks. Dynamics of small groups and informal groups; exercise on the groups of one's life.

Fifth week. Communication network; exercise on interpersonal communications.

Sixth week. Leadership and group discussion films.

Seventh week. Deepening of role on leadership styles and conflict; group exercise.

Eighth week. Participation in Erasmus week lessons. The schedule of these lessons will vary depending on when the Erasmus week of the Department will be activated.

Ninth week. Phases of group training and exam simulation. General review and exam examples.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

In relation to the discipline, the student must show:

- mastery of basic knowledge;

- understanding of the fundamental concepts of the discipline;

- ability to use knowledge and concepts to reason according to the logic of the discipline;

- ability to present the topics in English in a simple but clear and understandable way.

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 lessons, articles, examples of exercises.

Intensive language support will be offered to attending students by English language teachers who work in close collaboration with the course owner.

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Frontal teaching and interactive lessons in English with clarifications in Italian where necessary, group discussions, analysis of research and applications to real life.


Participation in the lessons is highly recommended for the acquisition of both scientific and linguistic notions, as well as for the interactivity of the lessons.

Course books

- Norris, M. (2012). Group Dynamics: Basics and Pragmatics for Practitioners. University Press of America, Lanham, Maryland.

Recommended text for a consolidation of the English language:

- Catani E., & Coles R. (2006). A Companion to Scientific English. QuattroVenti, Urbino (only Part I Working on the grammar pp.11-57).


The exam, which will be held in English, includes a written test with open questions and an oral test. The ability to explain the concepts of social psychology in linear and understandable English will be evaluated. The evaluation criterion will not focus strictly on English grammar, but on the ability to express theories and concepts in an understandable way. The same criterion applies to the oral part of the exam. The ability to combine the theories studied with examples of reality and of one's daily life will be enhanced.

During the lessons, exercises and simulations of the exam will be carried out.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


There are no differences with respect to what is expected for attending students.


There are no differences with respect to what is expected for attending students.

Course books

There are no differences with respect to what is expected for attending students.


There are no differences with respect to what is expected for attending students.

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