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Academic year 2023/2024
Master's Degree (MSc) on SOCIAL, WORK AND ORGANISATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
SOCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANISATIONS PSYCHOLOGY

Coordinator Prof. Francesca Giannone
Class of Master's Degree (MSc) on Psychology (LM-51)
2 years
PALERMO
Free access
Department of Psychological, Pedagogical, Exercise and Training Sciences
Course Code
2050

Course info
The 2nd cycle degree course in Social, Work and Organizational Psychology, in accordance with the provisions of Law 163/2021, qualifies for the profession of psychologist. The course prepares students to practice the profession of psychologist with specific skills in social, occupational and organizational psychology. It proposes a training project with specific objectives that refer to a field of professional intervention relating mainly to social psychology and to the psychology of work and organizations but also pertaining to the area of economic psychology, the psychology of cultural integration processes, the psychology of communication and community psychology. Through the training project, the course aims to provide graduates with the cognitive, methodological and operational tools typical of the professionals in social, organizations and human resources psychology. Psychological knowledge and skills will be provided with respect to the cognitive, affective, and behavioural aspects involved in social processes and in the dynamics activated within social organizations. Graduates of this 2nd cycle degree course must acquire advanced preparation in several theoretical, planning and operational fields of social psychology and work and organizational psychology and will be able to perform with high responsibility in organizations and services aimed at individuals, groups, communities (school, health, public administration, companies). Specifically, graduates will be able to carry out psychosocial actions in full professional autonomy aimed at planning and managing the following activities: - analysis of needs, diagnosis and definition of objectives; - cultural mediation; - evaluation of human resources, assessment of individuals and groups; - juridical and community psychology - career counselling and career guidance; - training and career development; - discomfort connected to work aspects (burnout, mobbing, job strain, etc.); - assessment of organizational processes from a quantitative and qualitative point of view; - assessment of consumption and economic behaviour processes. -analysis of political behaviour from a psychological perspective. Furthermore, graduates will have an advanced knowledge of at least one European Union language in addition to Italian, also with reference to the specific disciplinary lexicons. The 2nd cycle degree course in Social, Work and Organizational Psychology gives access to second-level Masters, to specialization schools in the psychology area and to research doctorates. The course lasts two years and provides for the acquisition of 120 university credits (CFU), of which 86 credits dedicated to teachings. The course is completed by an English language knowledge laboratory (level B2), 20 CFU of Practical Evaluation Internship (TPV) and activities related to the final exam. In line with the Interministerial (implementing) Decree n. 654 of 05/07/2022 of Law no. 163, 20 credits are acquired by carrying out a practical-evaluative internship (TPV). The TPV takes the form of contextualized and supervised practical activities, involving direct observation, the execution of activities aimed at situated learning, and the development of the procedural and relational skills and abilities fundamental for the exercise of the professional activity. These skills refer to the typical and reserved acts, characterizing the profession of psychologist also pursuant to article 1 of the law of 18 February 1989, n. 56, and include the use of cognitive and intervention tools for prevention, diagnosis, habilitation-rehabilitation activities, psychological support aimed at individuals, groups, social organisms, and communities, as well as experimentation, research and teaching. The educational path is designed to enable students, during the two-year, to acquire solid skills in the aspects indicated above. Therefore, the specific training objectives previously indicated are reflected in the training activities foreseen in the course. The educational activities of the first year are related to: the study of the psychology of attitudes and its applications (for example, consumer behaviour and economic behaviour), the understanding of decision-making processes and, more generally, the study of the psychosocial phenomena typical of communities and of organizational contexts. Further educational activities are related to the study of the methodological traits of psychosocial research and interventions. An elective course of 6 credits is also provided, as well as, an English language laboratory (level B2) and 3 CFU of internal Practical Evaluation Internship (TPV) activities, coordinated by the teachers as well as by representatives of the social partners, which provide for direct observation and situated learning of fundamental skills for the profession. The activities of the second year include the study of measurement techniques in the psychosocial field, of the evaluation techniques of human resources, and of the tools used in the specific area of occupational psychology. The topics related to the area of political psychology complete the activities of the two-year period. The external Practical Evaluation Internship of 17 credits to be carried out in selected and qualified external structures provides knowledge relating to interventions in the social and organizational reality and professional skills under the supervision of psychologist tutors. Finally, 10 credits are foreseen for the realization of the final exam. All TPV teachings and activities include exercises and laboratory activities to allow students to apply their knowledge and understanding skills in the various professional fields to which the degree refers.
Profile: Social Psychologist Functions: - design, management, and evaluation of prevention interventions in psychosocial distress, in group contexts. - assessment and measurement of social attitudes (eg prediction of consumption behaviour, behavioural and voting intensions) - study and analysis of theories and models for understanding psychosocial phenomena (eg research activities) Skills: - skills in conflict management in the psychosocial field and in group contexts; - knowledge of the main psychosocial investigation methodologies (construction of questionnaires and interviews, management of focus groups, etc.); - skills in the tools for measuring attitudes and in predicting consumer behaviour models - use of psychometric tools Professional opportunities: - expert and/or consultant for government and third sector agencies facing psychosocial issues - expert and/or consultant for labour organizations for the study of attitudes and/or processes underlying consumption behaviour - research activity for institutions and universities - Practice as Psychotherapist (after obtaining the post-graduate specialization required by MUR) Profile: Occupational and Organizations Psychologist Functions: - study and evaluation of the relationship among individuals, tools and work environments; - study and assessment of aspects related to well-being, stress in the workplace, and to the prevention and treatment of psychological distress in organizations; - evaluation and study of the central issues in the connection between individual and work (psycho-attitudinal tests, motivational investigation tools, behavioural detection grids, situational tests, etc.) - management of personnel selection procedures; - guidance and career counselling activities - analysis of training needs, planning of training interventions, implementation of psychosocial training interventions, monitoring and evaluation of training interventions and of their outcomes. Skills: - diagnosis and intervention on the organizational climate (through qualitative and quantitative tools); - knowledge of the tools improving well-being in the workplace (eg tools aimed at improving internal communication or commitment to the organization) - knowledge of the tools for the prevention and treatment of psychological distress in organizations; - Knowledge of the tools for the evaluation of psychological aspects useful for the guidance, selection and development of competences in organizations (psycho-aptitude tests, motivational investigation tools, behaviour detection grids, situational tests, skills balance, etc.) - ability to identify training needs and to implement training actions related to the development of softl skills in organizations. Professional opportunities: - Human resources manager (as a consultant for small and medium companies and employee for medium-large companies and public organizations) - Private practice or collaboration with consultancy companies for educational and vocational guidance, human resources recruitment, selection, training and development, implementation of organizational interventions, outplacement. - Private practice as Psychotherapist (after obtaining the post-graduate specialization required by MIUR).
Pursuant to article 29 of the University Educational Regulations, students must take a final exam to obtain the degree. Consistent with the educational objectives of the Degree Course and with the expected learning outcomes, the final exam consists in the presentation and discussion of a written paper on a psychological topic chosen by the student or on the internship experience. To be admitted to the final exam, students must have acquired, at least 15 working days before the date set for the final exam, all the credits envisaged by the educational system of the study programme, except for the credits assigned to the final exam. Those who pass practical-evaluative internship are admitted to the final exam. The final thesis will be presented by the student to a Board appointed by the Board of the Degree Course and approved by the President of the School. The final exam, pursuant to articles 1 and 3 of the law of 8 November 2021, n. 163, enables the practice of the profession of psychologist and also includes practical evaluation test of the professional skills acquired with the internship within the course, aimed at ascertaining the level of technical preparation of the candidate for the professional qualification, which precedes the discussion of the degree thesis.

course outline
Teachings first year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
06079 - COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY Details LAVANCO (PO) 6.0 1 V B M-PSI/07
23259 - PROFESSIONAL DEONTOLOGY AND ETHICAL ISSUES (INTERNAL EVALUATIVE PRACTICE) MAROTTA (PC) 1.0 1 G S
23262 - SOCIAL RESEARCH THEORY AND TECHNIQUES - INTEGRATED COURSE Details PARROCO (PO) 12.0 1 V
PSYCHOSOCIAL RESEARCH METHODOLOGY MIRISOLA (PA) 6.0 B M-PSI/05
DATA ANALYSIS WORKSHOP PARROCO (PO) (*) in english 6.0 C SECS-S/05
13343 - PSYCHOLOGY OF DECISION-MAKING PROCESSES Details MICELI (PA) 6.0 2 V B M-PSI/01
13448 - PSYCHOLOGY OF ATTITUDES Details GIAMMUSSO (RD) 6.0 2 V B M-PSI/05
18698 - ENGLISH LANGUAGE - LEVEL B2 6.0 2 G F
22484 - PSYCHOLOGY OF PSYCHO-SOCIAL WELLBEING IN ORGANISATIONAL CONTEXTS Details DI STEFANO (PA) 6.0 2 V B M-PSI/06
23268 - SYCHOLOGICAL TESTS IN RECRUITMENT (INTERNAL EVALUATIVE PRACTICE) Details PACE (PA) 1.0 2 G S
23451 - DESIGN OF INTERVENTIONS VITH A PSYCHOSOCIAL FOCUS (INTERNAL EVALUATIVE PRACTICE) Details DI STEFANO (PA) 1.0 2 G S
Optional subjects 6.0 C
Free subjects 6.0 D
Teachings second year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
17939 - MODELS AND TECHNIQUES FOR HUMAN RESOURCES ASSESSMENT AND DEVELOPMENT Details PACE (PA) (*) in english 6.0 1 V C M-PSI/06
22479 - MEASUREMENT TECHNIQUES IN THE PSYCHO-SOCIAL FIELD Details BOCA (PO) 6.0 1 V B M-PSI/05
23206 - EXTERNAL EVALUATIVE PRACTICE 17.0 1 G S
05917 - FINAL EXAMINATION 10.0 2 G E
18629 - POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY Details MIRISOLA (PA) 6.0 2 V B M-PSI/05
19279 - OCCUPATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY TOOLS - WORKSHOP Details PACE (PA) 12.0 2 V
PERSONNEL SELECTION TOOLS - WORKSHOP PACE (PA) 6.0 C M-PSI/06
EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY WORKSHOP DI STEFANO (PA) 6.0 B M-PSI/06
Free subjects II 6.0 D
Elective activities
Optional subjects credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
10793 - PSYCHODYNAMIC WORK GROUPS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUE Details PIAZZA (RU) 6.0 1 V C M-PSI/07
16346 - SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF ORGANISATIONS Details SCAFFIDI ABBATE (PO) 6.0 1 V C M-PSI/05
17467 - METHODS AND TECHNIQUES FOR THE EVALUATION OF SERVICES Details PARROCO (PO) 6.0 2 V C SECS-S/05
Explaination
Term Term/Semester
Val. Valutation: V = mark in 30/30, G = note
(*) Teaching attended in english
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