Changing behaviour towards a lifelong healthy lifestyle: from childhood to adulthood (LM67I-2B)

Changing behaviour towards a lifelong healthy lifestyle: from childhood to adulthood (LM67I-2B)

informazioni su questo INSEGNAMENTO
Ore totali:
M-PSI/04, SPS/10, M-EDF/01
1° Semestre
Modalità di valutazione:
Written examination

Obiettivi formativi

  • Knowing the psycho-social aspects of the effects of physical activity and exercise on mental health and cognition;
  • Understand the psycho-social determinants of physical activity;
  • Knowing the social-cognitive models of behavior interventions;
  • Knowing the pedagogical and philosophical issues in sport and physical activity;
  • Developing the knowledge on exercise training in the growth and development age;
  • Developing the knowledge of young peoples’ psychosocial growth and development and the implications of physical activity as an influencing factor.


When finalising the course the students will be able to:

Professional competencies

  • Utilize the conceptual tools related to general and social psychology, general pedagogy, sociology, applied to motor sciences, conceiving, managing and monitoring a fitness program;
  • Utilize the conceptual and practical tools related to exercise training in children, general pedagogy, applied to motor sciences, in conceiving, managing, and monitoring a fitness program tailored for children.


Theoretical and Academic competencies

  • Analyze and critically read scientific articles related to the scientific disciplines treated in the module.


Basic knowledge in sport and exercise psychology and pedagogy. Basic knowledge of motor development, theory of training, and exercise activities for children.

Risultati apprendimento attesi

The exam includes:

  • Test: up to 10 multiple choice and /or open questions on the entire module program;
  • Individually written short essay (3-5 pages) on a topic assigned randomly to the student.


The test verifies the knowledge acquired by the student with respect the whole module content throughout the lecture’s attendance and the individual study.

The essay refers to 3-5 pages (1.000 – 1.800 words) manuscript. It must represent in an individual and original way the critical thinking of the student with respect to the chosen topic, demonstrating also the student’s capability to integrate and apply various knowledge. Essay general guidelines are available in the Moodle Learning Platform. Available time: 24 hrs.

For both Test and Essay, the program makes use of the online instruments available in the “Foro Italico” Moodle Learning Platform.

18 out of 30 points is the minimum threshold for both test and essay. The final mark will result from the following formula:

[(Essay’s points x 2.2) + Test’s points]/3

Credits (ECTS)
The programme adopts the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) for the teaching units, with 1 ECTS = 25 hr student workload. As a rule, 1 contact hr will be held to correspond to ~3 hr of student’s individual work, accounting for intensity of teaching, amount of study materials, essays to write, exams, etc. For the evaluation of academic progress, the ECTS grading scale will be adopted within the consortium.

Student’s work loads (Total 375 hours)

  • Lectures and seminars: 75
  • Practical teaching and online learning: 45
  • Individual study: 229
  • Exam: 26


The course is structured as an Intensive course with a condensed blended teaching period of 3 weeks (distance face-to-face and online resources) and condensed e-learning, distance tutoring, and individual study of 4 weeks, including examination.

The teaching is divided into the following modules:

  • Physical activity for children: training in development;
  • Psychological models of health behaviour change;
  • Socio-pedagogical models of health behaviour change: social-ecological models and intervention approaches.


In detail:

  • Physical Activity & Sport as Social Phenomena;
  • Socio-pedagogical issues in health-enhancing PA;
  • Social impact of physical activity programs in emergency and special conditions;
  • The power of sport to promote development and peace: implementing physical activity projects in disadvantaged communities;
  • Enhancing physical activity: towards a social-ecological approach;
  • Effects of physical activity and exercise on mental health and cognitive processes;
  • Introduction to Psychology and Physical Activity;
  • Models of Health Behaviour Change;
  • Psychosocial Determinants of Physical Activity;
  • Health Psychology and Physical Activity in elderly populations;
  • Physical activity and optimal brain functioning;
  • Social cognitive models of behavioral change;
  • Biology of growth and development;
  • Motor Behaviour;
  • Motor development and cognition;
  • Effective intervention to enhance physical activity in young children and adolescents;
  • Exercise training in children;
  • Settings-based promotion of physical activity among children and youth – from evidence to practice;
  • Physical activity, fitness, and children’s health;
  • Physical activity, fitness and children’s health: practical applications;


Additional tools: Practice in statistics; English Academic Writing; Italian for foreign students.

Study material (mainly PDF files of the literature and monography) and virtual rooms for discussions between students and students and staff, is made available on the e-learn platform of Foro Italico University.

They mainly concern:

  • scientific articles and chapters extracted from monographs on the socio-cognitive theory of psychological functioning and on the most consolidated research programs in the field of sociology and psychology of health;
  • scientific articles on physical activity and health during infancy and childhood.


Multidisciplinary components

  • Developmental and educational psychology (M-PSI/04, ECTS 5)
  • General and social pedagogy (M-PED/01, ECTS 5)
  • Methods and didactics of movement sciences (M-EDF/01, ECTS 5)
  • Foreign language (L-LIN/02, ECTS 0)
Vedi programma esteso
European Master of Science in Health and Physical Activity (Classe LM67INT)
Piazza Lauro de Bosis, 15 - 00135 Roma
Docenti del corso
Brancucci Alfredo
Giesdal Siv
Kaer Geil Anne
Lenzi Francesca Romana
Pesce Caterina
Petry Karen