Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Sociology and Social Work (cod. 8786)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the activity the students: - are able to orient themselves within the current debate on the transformations of contemporary society and its fundamental institutions; - know how to interpret and critically analyze the main and emerging configurations of relations of production and social reproduction; - know how to distinguish and manage the fundamental concepts of social sciences that deal with analyzing the governance of economic processes and public policies.

Course contents

The course intends to analyze, adopting a seminar-type working method, the neoliberal phenomenon and the practices of governing subjectivity in the light of the most recent economic and social transformations. This issue will be treated according to a transdisciplinary perspective and framed starting from reflections and arguments that have as their objective the questioning of the various critical issues of contemporary capitalism. During the course we will try to test the theoretical significance of the main concepts that make up the neoliberal lexicon and to investigate the emerging phenomena connected to the legal, economic and social changes connected to them. In particular, it will be our interest to refer to the transformations that affect the sphere of production, work, welfare, social reproduction and public policies. The course is divided into a series of meetings with renowned researchers, scholars and experts on the aforementioned topics. In addition to the actual seminar moment, preparatory moments are planned in the classroom which aim to introduce and discuss with the participants the topics that will be treated specifically by the invited speakers.

The program of seminar meetings is still being defined and will be published in the coming weeks, to coincide with the availability of the lesson timetable.


The texts and bibliographies relating to each topic addressed will be indicated and made available to the participants during the course of the meetings. They will be indicated by the guest speakers in preparation for the seminar appointment.

Teaching methods

The laboratory is divided into two complementary moments: first of all, the analysis, presentation and discussion in the classroom, with the lecturer, of the preparatory bibliographic materials. Secondly, the meeting with experts and researchers of the subject that will be the subject of specific in-depth analysis in each individual meeting. Students are required to actively participate in the meetings.

Assessment methods

The issue of a qualification is linked to the real attendance and active participation of students in scheduled meetings, as well as the presentation to the teacher of a short report (of about 6/7 pages) in which one of the topics dealt with in the classroom is deepened, after agreement with the teacher.

Teaching tools

The materials to be prepared during the meetings will be provided by the teacher and his collaborators during the meetings. When possible, they will be deposited on the virtual.it portal.

Office hours

See the website of Federico Chicchi


Decent work and economic growth Industry, innovation and infrastructure Reduced inequalities Responsible consumption and production

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