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Social Psychology and the Acculturation of Migrants

Instructor: Prof. Stefano Livi [see profile]
Disciplines: Psychology, Sociology

Social psychology is the scientific study of human social interaction and investigates how the presence of other people (actual or symbolic) affects our cognition, emotions, and behaviors in the social world. This course will explore the application of social psychological theories and research to better understand the acculturation process of migrants into new living environments both from the point of view of the migrants (assimilation) as well as from the point of view of the receiving culture (accommodation). The course will examine different acculturating groups (immigrants, ethnic minorities, expatriates, refugees, and asylum seekers) in the contexts where contact takes place (such as the workplace, neighborhood, or school) and how psychological processes affect openness or closure to social changes. In particular, the current situation of migrants in Italy and Rome in particular will provide the backdrop for our investigations.

Requirements:

  • a midterm
  • an annotated bibliography¬†
  • a research paper (8-10 pages)
  • a final exam