Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


SOCIOLOGY OF SOCIAL CHANGE
SOCIOLOGIA DEL MUTAMENTO SOCIALE

Social change, institutions and families
Mutamento sociale, istituzioni e famiglie

A.Y. Credits
2022/2023 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Isabella Quadrelli by appointment; send an email to the teacher
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

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Learning Objectives

The aim of the course is to allow students to acquire advanced training on the subject of social change, with specific reference to the analysis of the different meanings with which this concept has been used in the social sciences, particularly in sociology. In this perspective and in relation to legal and political institutions, the evolution of some relevant social institutions will be examined.

On the basis of the acquired knowledge, students will be able to develop analytical skills regarding the general characteristics of social and institutional change and the specific changes that have affected interpersonal and family relationships with particular intensity in recent decades.

Program

The course starts from an analysis of the contributions of the social sciences and particularly of sociology to the study of social institutions, conducted with a broad analysis of the historical evolution of some of the most important institutions:  the state, the market, religion, school, marriage and the couple. A specific attention will be dedicated to this last theme: reproductive behaviors, couple relationships, social attitudes and legal regulation have undergone rapid and dramatic changes over the last few decades, especially in Western countries. which will be taken into account using the most recent data available to supplement those reported in the texts in the program.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Students are expected to acquire:

1. knowledge and understanding: starting from the acquisition of cultural and methodological sensitivities, develop critical evaluation skills, avoiding ideological simplifications; mastery of basic knowledge relating to the general characteristics of social change seen from a sociological perspective, and with attention to the historical development of social institutions, with particular reference to its constituent elements

 Students will achieve this basic knowledge: through participation in lectures and the analytical study of the texts proposed by the teacher and discussed in the classroom.

2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: The student will have to show understanding of the concepts and theories illustrated in the course; develop insights, both from a theoretical and empirical point of view.

To be achieved through classroom discussions, discussion with the teacher, study of texts.

3. Judgment skills: critical reflection on the themes, arguments, authors, texts presented.

This ability is matured in the interaction in the classroom, with the teacher and with fellow students, in the reading of essays, articles, scientific contributions.

4. Communication skills: the ability to communicate acquired knowledge clearly and correctly

Skills to be achieved through moments of confrontation in the classroom, actively interacting during lectures, workshops, seminars, answering questions, asking questions and also through written contributions.

5. Learning skills: abstract thinking skills, problem analysis methodologies, autonomous judgment skills.

Skills to be acquired above all by discussing and arguing with the other students and with the teacher the topics of the course. Knowledge of the study materials presented will lead to a greater learning ability. In carrying out the teaching, the teacher will encourage the acquisition of this ability, which will be evaluated during the exam

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Teaching

Guided use of the work materials entered by the teacher in the moodle platform. Study contextual to the frequency of the lessons of the texts and materials provided in all the parts indicated.

Attendance

Attendant qualification is achieved through the systematic verification of attendance at lessons, for a share of at least 3/4 of the hours actually taught.

Course books

the study texts will be agreed with the teacher, taking into account the contents of the course and the study bibliography indicated for the program carried out in Italian, which is the following:

Colozzi I.,  Sociologia delle istituzioni, Liguori, Napoli 2009, pp. 216  - anche come e-book nel sito dell’editore http://www.liguori.it/schedanew.asp?isbn=4671)

Banchieri R., L’epoca dell’individualismo affettivo.  Come cambiano le dinamiche di coppia, Edizioni ETS, Pisa 2019, pp. 158

Assessment

Oral exam. The purpose of this verification is to ascertain the basic knowledge relating to the sociology of change, with reference to the evolution of studies on social and legal institutions, with mastery of the issues that refer to the evolution of law and social institutions in their relations with social, economic and cultural change, especially with reference to the changes that have taken place in family and couple relations in the Italian and European social context.

The evaluation criteria are: level of mastery of basic knowledge, mastery of the specialized language of the discipline, knowledge and application of the various research methods and tools.

Each of the criteria, of equal weight, is assessed on the basis of a four-level scale (approximate mastery; limited mastery but sufficient for application; adequate mastery; excellent mastery with the ability to autonomously use methods and tools). The ability to autonomously elaborate and construct arguments by linking the different study texts is a further appreciable requirement.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Teaching

Individual study of the exam program in all its parts

Attendance

Not required

Course books

the study texts will be agreed with the teacher, taking into account the contents of the course and the study bibliography indicated for the program carried out in Italian, which is the following:

Colozzi I.,  Sociologia delle istituzioni, Liguori, Napoli 2009, pp. 216  - anche come e-book nel sito dell’editore http://www.liguori.it/schedanew.asp?isbn=4671)

Banchieri R., L’epoca dell’individualismo affettivo.  Come cambiano le dinamiche di coppia, Edizioni ETS, Pisa 2019, pp. 158

Turnaturi G. Non resta che l'amore. Il Mulino, Bologna, 2018, pp. 120

Assessment

Oral exam. The purpose of this verification is to ascertain the basic knowledge relating to the sociology of change, with reference to the evolution of studies on social and legal institutions, with mastery of the issues that refer to the evolution of law and social institutions in their relations with social, economic and cultural change, especially with reference to the changes that have taken place in family and couple relations in the Italian and European social context.

The evaluation criteria are: level of mastery of basic knowledge, mastery of the specialized language of the discipline, knowledge and application of the various research methods and tools.

Each of the criteria, of equal weight, is assessed on the basis of a four-level scale (approximate mastery; limited mastery but sufficient for application; adequate mastery; excellent mastery with the ability to autonomously use methods and tools). The ability to autonomously elaborate and construct arguments by linking the different study texts is a further appreciable requirement.

Notes

"The lecturer is available to supervise students interested in carrying out their internship  - in whole or in part . Her main topics are:

sociology of the family, family law, and social services, with particular attention to the following themes: transformations of the family in contemporary society, reproductive behaviours, family instability, parenting and parenting practices, normative socialization, childhood and implementation of children's rights and of adolescents

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