75321 - General Sociology

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  • Teacher Barbara Ferrari

  • Credits 3

  • SSD SPS/07

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Professional education (cod. 8477)

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes
After completing the course the student:-knows in depth the social and cultural aspects related to situations of hardship and marginalization with particular reference to urban;- it has a good knowledge of processes of primary and secondary socialization of individual; - it is able to understand the social contexts and territorial with particular reference to the changes in the twentieth century; -it is able to detect and document situations of psychological distress and social groups and minorities in the area; - it is able to confront dynamics of complex and multicultural society; -knows how to collect, interpret and reflect on data and methods related to their field  of  study; -knows how to collect, interpret and reflect on data and methods related to their field of study, demonstrating skills critical scientific scientific and reflective;- knows how to present issues and problems concerning the dynamics the  of social change to several recipients, specialists and using appropriate communication registers.

Course contents

Course contents
Origins of sociological thought in relation to the birth of modern society, with particular reference to the authors, today called classics, which have focused on the changes related  to the  development of modernity. Analysis of the concepts basic sociological. Also course focuses on some elements of qualitative sociological research methods, in particular we will cover  the following topics: types of observation in social research, participiant observation, interviews, biographical approach and life stories.


A. Bagnasco, M. Barbagli, A. Cavalli, Sociologia. I concetti base, Il Mulino, Bologna 2013.

Bauman Z., La scienza della libertà. A cosa serve la sociologia?, Erickson, Trento, 2014.

Teaching methods

Lectures, guided readings, discussion of video material.

Assessment methods

The assessement of learning is through a final written exam. The examination at the end of the course aims to assess the achievement of learning objectives by the  student.

Teaching tools

Videoprojector, PC.

Office hours

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