09117 - Sociology of The Family and Education

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Political, Social and International Sciences (cod. 8853)

    Also valid for First cycle degree programme (L) in Social Work (cod. 8040)
    First cycle degree programme (L) in Social Work (cod. 8040)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student: - knows the main theories and methodological approaches to the study of the family, - has a basic knowledge of the family institution and its cultural and structural transformations, with particular attention to the relationships between genders and those between generations, - know and know how to apply the theoretical and empirical tools to read and analyze the major problems of the contemporary family, - possess the necessary tools for the analysis of "family skills" and social services for the most innovative families in Italy and in Europe. - knows and knows how to apply the main interpretative models of educational processes and institutions, - knows the fields of study and research of the sociology of education, - knows and knows how to apply research methods and techniques for reading processes and emerging training systems in contemporary global society.

Course contents


The course is divided into two main modules.
The first module analyzes the transformations of the contemporary family documented by recent demographic phenomena such as:
- the aging of the population and the consequent extension of the families
- the decrease and postponement of marriages
- the overall decline in births
- the increase in cohabitation and birth outside of marriage
- the increase in marital instability
- the rise of families with only one parent
- the rise of recombined families
- the rise of unipersonal families.

- the rise of multicultural families

Particular attention will also be paid to the theme of parenting and in particular to the role of fathers in ancient and contemporary societies and the relationship between generations.
The second module is devoted to the analysis of the research and research fields of the sociology of education and the main interpretative models of educational processes and institutions. Particular attention will be given to the relationship between education and society and its transformations. The main actors and agencies of the educational process will be analyzed: the family and the school.


1) Lesson slides (which can be downloaded by student from virtuale.unibo.it/).

2) F. Bertocchi, The State of Studies and Research on the Homosexual Parent Family in Italy, in F. Bertocchi e L. Guizzardi (a cura di), We are family. Same-sex families in the italian context, Italian Sociological Review, Vol. 7, n. 3, 2017, pp. 275-300 (che sarà scaricabile dallo studente dal sito virtuale.unibo.it/).

3) F. Bertocchi, La violenza fra minori: il bullismo avanza, «RIVISTA DI CRIMINOLOGIA, VITTIMOLOGIA E SICUREZZA», 2019, XIII, pp. 34 - 56 (che sarà scaricabile dallo studente dal sito virtuale.unibo.it/).

4) F. Bertocchi, Sociologia della paternità, Cedam, Padova, 2009.


Teaching methods

Frontal lessons, insights, discussion in the classroom and videos related to the topics of the course. In addition, students will be able to carry out group work on topics agreed with the teacher who will present the salient results in the classroom and the elaboration of a final report that will contribute to the definition of the final vote.

Frequency is not obligatory, but strongly recommended.


Assessment methods

The final exam will consist in oral examination.


Students with disabilities or specific learning disabilities are encouraged to contact the teacher if they wish to evaluate the possibility of adapting the exam or if they have special needs for lessons as well.

Teaching tools

During the lessons will be presented slides and detailed material that can be downloaded by the attending student from https://iol.unibo.it/

Office hours

See the website of Federica Bertocchi


No poverty Quality education Gender equality Reduced inequalities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.