Psychology of Motivation and Emotions
Instance: 2021/2022 - 2S
Cycles of Study/Courses
Teaching Staff - Responsibilities
Teaching - Hours
|Theoretical and practical :
By the end of this curricular unit (CU), the students should be able to:
- Identify the main concepts and constructs associated to the field of motivation and emotions;
- Identify the main motivation and emotion theories and how they have evolved throughout time;
- Integrate and reflect upon the importance of motivation and emotion in directing behavior and in human action dynamics;
- Analyze knowledge in a critical way, organizing and structuring it according to levels of importance;
- Use theoretical frameworks and recent empirical research to analyze problems in several life-contexts – school, work, family, leisure, sport –, and to evaluate intervention proposals in the motivational domain;
- Show scientifically based oral and written communication skills.
Learning outcomes and competences
Similar to the objectives.
Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)
Prerequisites - Mastery of the English language is recommended.
Co-requisites - knowledge in the field of methodology and research in psychology.
- Introduction to the study of motivation and emotion: Definitions, constructs, historical overview and relevance.
- Theoretical frameworks and practical applications
2.1 Motivation as impulse: Drive reduction theories
2.2. Motivation as a trait: Expectancy x Value theories
2.3. Motivation as cognition: Cognitive and Sociocognitive theories of motivation (e.g. Attributional theory; Socio-cognitive theory; Mindset theory; Cognitive evaluation theory)
2.4. Motivation as emotion: Characteristics, functions and effects of emotions; Sociocognitive approaches to emotion; Studying emotions in natural settings; Motivation and emotion regulation; Emotion and theories of self
3. Applications of the theoretical frameworks to real life situations and contexts.
Luísa Faria; Desenvolvimento diferencial das concepções pessoais de inteligência durante a adolescência
. ISBN: 972-31-0812-7
Luísa Faria; Motivação para a competência
. ISBN: 978-989-8148-17-9
Anne Marie Fontaine; Motivação em contexto escolar
. ISBN: 972-674-459-8
Paula M. Niedenthal; Psychology of emotion
. ISBN: 1-84169-402-9
Elliot, A.; Dweck, C. & Yeager, D.; Handbook of competence and motivation
Ryan, R & Deci, E.; Self-determination theory: Basic psychological needs in motivation, development, and wellness., 2017
Reeve, J.; Understanding motivation and emotion. , 2009
Comments from the literature
In each class a specific bibliography is recommended according to the subject
Teaching methods and learning activities
Explanatory methods will allow for the identification of major motivational and emotion related constructs. This initial approach is crucial for the effectiveness of more participatory methods, allocated to the TP classes. In these classes, the major constructs and theoretical approaches will be in-depth analyzed, the linkages among them and their evolution across time will be worked on, promoting a critical approach by the students. The proposed group works imply the application of theoretical frameworks into daily problems in different contexts. This application will allow for critical reasoning about human action motivations and emotions. Finally, the activities developed by the students along the semester entail scientific literature review, analyses and synthesis along with oral and written skills.
Distributed evaluation without final exam
|Trabalho prático ou de projeto
Amount of time allocated to each course unit
|Frequência das aulas
Eligibility for exams
Attendance at theory classes is not included in the assessment, but the student will have to attend 75% of the theoretical-practical classes.
Calculation formula of final grade
(A) Continuous assessment through the completion of up to two assessment tests. The final classification corresponds to the average of the classification obtained in both tests with a weighting of 70% in the final mark (minimum mark of 8/20 for each test).
(B) Practical work with a weighting of 30% (Minimum mark of the work = 8/20).
(All scores on a scale of 0 to 20)
To be successful the final mark must be equal or higher than 9.5.
Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)
Working students and students with similar status must take the exams and assessments on the same day as general regime students. Students covered by special arrangements are advised to speak to the teacher at the beginning of the semester.
A test is foreseen, in the appeal season, for students who: a) failed or did not pass the test(s); b) having passed the test(s), wish to improve their classification in the CU.
The improvement of the classification can happen only once, until the examination period of the academic year following the one in which the exam was passed and in which the CU has a foreseen exam.
The practical work cannot be improved.