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Second Semester 
Teaching style
Lingua Insegnamento

Informazioni aggiuntive

Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[30/34]   EDUCATION STUDIES [34/00 - Ord. 2019]  PERCORSO COMUNE 6 30


Learning objectives
This introductory course of Psychology is aimed at providing an hystorical, theoretical and methodological framework on the processes studied in General Psychology. The course will focus on methodological and theoretical aspects associated to cognitive, emotional, and motivational processes. In the examination of the various psychological processes, we will take into consideration the 0-3 years developmental phase.

Knowledge and understanding: At the end of the course, the student will develop a conceptual, historical, and methodological framework of the scientific and applied knowledge developed within General Psychology and a knowledge of the cognitive, emotional, and motivational processes.

Capacity to apply knowledge: At the end of the course, the student will be able to apply the acquired knowledge in order to develop critical skills and the ability to analyze the theoretical and methodological foundations of the discipline; she/he will have a basic knowledge of the cognitive and affective functioning of individuals that could be of use in the future work environment within the educational context.

Judgment skills: At the end of the course, the student will develop: the capacity for reflection and evaluation of the different theories and methodological approaches concerning General Psychology; the ability to analyze and interpret the empirical evidence derived from scientific literature.

Communicative ability: At the end of the course, the student will be able to use a specific technical language appropriately in a clear manner. He/she will also be able to formulate arguments based on the empirical evidence of scientific research.

Learning skills: At the end of the course, the student will be able to use bibliographic and web tools in order to improve his/her knowledge and skills.




General Psychology
Historical evolution of the discipline and research methods in General Psychology.
Perception and Attention
Thought and Reasoning,

Teaching Methods

Seminars (4 hours). Only if the sanitary conditions will allow the carrying out of this activity.

Verification of learning

Oral exam characterized by a general and broad question aimed not only at assessing the knowledge and understanding of the requested topic, but also the ability to organize, analyze and synthesize the topic, the ability to use technical language and the ability and the ability to reflect on the topics and methods of general psychology. Some specific questions to check the knowledge of the program in its various aspects.
The final grade is expressed out of thirty. The exam is passed if at least the grade of 18/30 is achieved. The grade of 18/30 will be awarded to the student who will show sufficient knowledge of the topics, a sufficient ability to reflect on the topics and methods of general psychology, and the use of sufficient technical language. The grade of 30/30 will be attributed to the student who will show an excellent knowledge of the topics, an optimal ability to reflect on the topics and methods of general psychology, and the use of an adequate technical language.
In the event of a new COVID emergency, the exam procedures may take place online in accordance with any indications provided by the University.


Any introductory manual of General Psychology (e.g., Introduction to Psychology by Cooon & Mitterer or by Atkinson and Hilgard)
Chapters: Psychology, Critical Thinking, and Science; Methods; Perception and attention; Conditioning and Learning; Memory; Language; Cognition and Reasoning; Intelligence; Motivation; Emotion.

Attending is strongly recomended.

More Information

Attending is not mandatory but it is strongly recommended.

Students can meet Prof. Scalas on Monday from 10 to 12
Room 20 Building of the ex-Department of Psychology
Telephone 070-6757516

If the pandemic situation allows it, students can meet the teacher in presence; otherwise, students will be able to make an appointment on TEAMS by sending an e-mail to the teacher.

Teaching will be delivered mainly face to face, integrated and "augmented" with online strategies, in order to guarantee its use in an innovative and inclusive way.

Any additional information will be available on the website of the professor. It is recommended that students first check any alerts on the site before they go to the office.

Students can always refer to the Disability Office which, as provided by Law n.17 / 99, allows upon request to make interventions as personalized as possible and meeting the needs of the individual student.

Erasmus students are invited to contact the teacher for special needs (please note that examination in English is allowed upon request).

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