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The University of Palermo (UNIPA) is a consolidated cultural, scientific and teaching presence in central-western Sicily. Its 16 Departments cover the most important domains of contemporary scientific and technological knowledge.
About 122 courses (first and second cycle) are yearly offered as well as 44 master and specialization and 23 PhD courses, targeted to the training of specific professional figures, often in cooperation with external institutions and companies.
The University General Hospital is a local health corporation that works in synergy with the School of Medicine. It provides beds, day-hospital beds, and a first-aid service.
UNIPA is also present in three other cities in Sicily, apart Palermo: Agrigento, Caltanissetta e Trapani.
There is a closed link between UNIPA and the labor market: 3rd students of 1st cycle degree courses and 2nd year students of the 2nd cycle experience practice periods within public or private companies and agencies.
The Department of Psychology, Educational Science and Human Movement
The Department of Psychology, Educational Science and Human Movement at University of Palermo is a structure that promotes and coordinates didactic and research activities in the fields of psychology, pedagogy, physical education and training. The SPPEFF Department has a staff of more than seventy between teachers and young people in training. Its strategic project is based on the need to create synergies between scientific areas that deal with psychophysical well-being, education and continuing training to contribute to the advancement of research and development of the reference area and the wider society. In particular, the four main souls of the Department are represented by the following areas:
Psychological area that deals with analyzing the processes that contribute to determining the behavior and adaptation of individuals, groups and communities, in order to design and implement interventions of a psychological-clinical, psychosocial nature and to promote well-being during the cycle of life.
- Pedagogical area that focuses on the epistemological, historical and philosophical aspects of research in the educational field and on the relationships between properly pedagogical sciences and other sciences applied to the study of education.
- Human movement area that deals with providing the skills to train the skills for teaching and managing motor and sports activities extended to subjects of all ages without or with the need for special programs for adapted activities aimed at the prevention of better physical efficiency even with starting points compromised by inadequate lifestyles or various types of disabilities, as well as research and evaluation of motor and sports performance even in high-level activities.
- Training area that deals with studying, designing and implementing the professionalization processes of primary and infant school teachers and adult pedagogists and for personal services throughout the life cycle, in order to contribute to improvement and innovation of the school and training system.