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Academic Year 2017/2018

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will: - understand children and adolescents' social development; - know the most important interpretative models of the family system evolution at national and international level, - knows theories and operational tools for understanding familiar contexts - is able to critically analyze factors determining gender roles; - knows how to master gender categories and major concepts of contemporary feminist thought, applying them to the international context - knows the main social dynamics affecting gender inequalities in Italy, both in the family and extra-family contexts (especially in education and employment) - is able to understand the evolution of current models of maternity and paternity, - knows the tools of work-family conciliation locally, nationally and internationally, - deals with gender differences from a historical and sociological perspective.

Course contents

The first part will focus on: the main theoretical approaches about gender differences; social dynamics related to socialization to sex roles (from childhood to adolescence); differences and inequalities between men and women; main stages of gender emancipation in Italian history; gender in the Italian media. The second part will focus on sociology of the family: models and timing of family formation in Italy; transition to adulthood; kinship; work-family balance; gender violence. The course is designed to get students acquainted with changes that have characterized Italian families over the last century, as well as to develop critical skills in analyzing how such changes have an impact on the Italian welfare state system.


Recommended readings:

1. Slides provided in the e-learning environment;  

2. Saraceno C. e Naldini, M., Sociologia della famiglia, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2013 (only ch.1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8; Second Edition). 

3. (only for non-attending students): R. Ghigi,R. Sassatelli,  Corpo, genere e società, Bologna, Il Mulino (to be published in February 2018).

For Erasmus students, specific bibliographies and assessment tests are provided. Please send an email to the teacher.

Teaching methods

Interactive classroom and online activities.

Assessment methods

Written test with closed questions for both attending and non attending students.  Non attending students are also expected to answer (in English, Spanish or French, as they prefere) to open-ended questions on the book. Attending ones may carry out the online assignments in English, Spanish or French as well. The final mark, if more than 18/30, can be changed by an oral examination.

Teaching tools

Powerpoint Slides; Readings; E-learning.

Office hours

See the website of Rossella Ghigi