Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Planning and managing of educational intervention in social distress (cod. 9228)

Learning outcomes

The course aims to develop for the student:

- knowledge about theoretical framework and the main pedagogical directions applied to educational practice;

- knowledge of the different beficiants;

- capacities of applying the knowledge acquired in the design of educational and training processes aimed to including social distress;

- skills on promoting training and updating activities aimed to community educators;

- skills on design of prevention interventions;

- skills on coordinating work of social educators and social workers;

- communication skills both in the relationship with the individual subject in education and in the relationship with groups of subjects in education;

- abilities on identify suitable tools and training courses that are functional to the development of his personal and professional growth.

Course contents

The course includes a general and introductory part about the pedagogy of marginality and deviance, which aims to enlight the theoretical paradigms and the main methodological orientations.

Besides, a second part dedicated to the analysis of specific contexts, with the aim of highlighting their peculiarities and dimensions of specific competence in a pedagogical view.

In the general part, there will be deveoped concepts such as:

- "difference" and "diversity";

- "integration" and "inclusion";

- "complexity", "pedagogical problematicism" and "empowerment" approaches;

- community development and anthropological-cultural competence and capacity on relationships caring.

The specific topics that will be deepened are:

- adolescence pedagogy,

- pedagogical skills on migrantion context,

- prejudice and discrimination,

- educational work in contexts of social vulnerability,

- network in the early school leaving coping,

- community development.


Compulsory books:

Barone P., Pedagogia della marginalità e della devianza. Modelli teorici, questione minorile, criteri di consulenza e intervento, Guerini, Milano, 2011.

Tolomelli A., Il valore pedagogico della divergenza, Guerini, Milano, 2022

Monographic part:

the student will choose one book between the ones below

1. Tolomelli A., Homo Eligens. L'empowerment come paradigma della formazione, Junior, Parma, 2014

2. Decembrotto L. (a cura di), Adultità fragili, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2020

3. Manuel “Fu Kyodo” Simoncini, Hip-Hop Philosophy – Educare alla creatività con il rap, Edizioni La Carmelina, Ferrara 2021

4. Riccio B., Tarabusi F. (a cura di), Incontrare le migrazioni, Emil, Città di Castello (PG), 2023

5. Guerzoni G., Tolomelli A. ( a cura di), Per non perdere la strada. Progetto ATOMS. Fare rete tra teorie ed esperienze nel contrasto alla dispersione scolastica e formativa, Clueb, Bologna, 2017

6. Melazzini C., Insegnare al principe di Danimarca, Sellerio, Palermo, 2011

7. Deligny Ferdinand, I vagabondi efficaci, Edizioni dell'Asino, Roma, 2020


Teaching methods

Lessons, seminars with experts and study of documents and other sources.

Assessment methods

The exam will be written or oral considering the number of students enrolled. For the academic year 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022, attending students will prepare a report on the choosen text of 4000-6000 characters to be sent by email to the teacher at least 3 days before the exam.

Teaching tools

Audiovisual contents, powerpoint presentations will be proposed and also active teaching laboratory activities will be proposed.

Office hours

See the website of Alessandro Tolomelli


Good health and well-being Quality education Reduced inequalities Peace, justice and strong institutions

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