09686 - Social Work Methods and Techniques II

Academic Year 2022/2023

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Social Work (cod. 8040)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student: - knows the theoretical reference paradigms and the evolution of social policies; - is able to analyze specific cases of social distress; - will know the functions of the social worker and his ethical aspects; - can use the specific techniques and professional tools of the social worker; - knows the methodological procedure of social intervention and is able to apply it to develop and implement projects aimed at helping the person, the group and the community; - will be able to define the function of social service tools in the context of the planning of social intervention; - can use team work in social work.

Course contents

The first part will focus on community social service, in particular its theoretical and methodological foundations, on the skills necessary to activate and promote resources in community contexts. The course also intends to deepen the legal and social issues that the Social Assistant, who works within a Service for minors and families, must know in order to carry out the tasks of help, support for parenting and control provided for in the protection activities. In particular, the following topics will be developed: - the legal framework of reference with regard to the Minors Area social service: from the guarantee of rights to the protection of minors; -The family: social changes, types, characteristics and functioning; - the family in difficulty: from the fragile family to the negligent family


P. Bastianoni (a cura di), Tutela, diritti e protezione dei minori, edizioni junior, Parma, 2021

E. Ceccarelli, M. Gallina, F. Mazzucchelli, Tutela sociale e legale dei minori, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2018 (fino a p. 123);


L. Lambertini, La responsabilità della violenza, il Mulino, Bologna, 2019 (capp. 1, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 23).

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons, accompanied by subgroup work / practical exercises, seminars, case studies, handouts.

Assessment methods

The exam includes an intermediate written test and a final oral test. The aim is to verify if the student has learned the contents of the texts and if he has reached a global and organic vision of the topics covered. The student must not mnemonically report what he has read on the texts but through a personal linguistic style, and must be able to demonstrate that the topic has been internalized and elaborated. Must demonstrate expressive mastery and use of specific language and professionally correct terms.

Teaching tools

Further material will be made available on the teacher's website during the course

Office hours

See the website of Francesca Mantovani