37355 - General and Social Oncological Pedagogy (A-K)

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

Good health and well-being Quality education

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

One of the most critical aspects in the control of neoplastic disease is the communication and psychological involvement of the patient and family. After completing this course, students learn how to approach the patient with cancer and to frame his problems in the social context both during the communication of the disease and in the clinical course until the terminal stage.

Course contents

The course aims at presenting some theories and stories on adults oncological disease. Attention will be paid to both emotional and cognitive experiences of the patient on one hand, and on the doctor who is treating him, on the other.
The course will focus on the acquisition of skills in order to be a reflective practitioner, aware of cognitive, emotional and communicative processes.
The course will be provided in a pedagogical perspective, aimed at focusing on the educational aspects related to care practices, share of suffering, healing or caring till the end.

Communication will be a central topic.


Suggested reading: 

E.Moja, E. Vegni, La visita medica centrata sul paziente, Raffaello Cortina, 2000.

Teaching methods

Classes will mix theoretical presentations, readings, watching videos (movies and documentary). Discussion and dialogue with students will be constantly promoted.

Assessment methods

The exam consists in a written test with closed answers.


Office hours

See the website of Silvia Demozzi