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  • Teacher Giuseppe Di Lieto

  • Learning modules Dario Tuorto (Modulo 1)
    Giuseppe Di Lieto (Modulo 2)

  • Credits 8

  • SSD SPS/07

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures (Modulo 1)
    Traditional lectures (Modulo 2)

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Science Of Lifelong Educational Processes (cod. 8780)


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

No poverty Gender equality Decent work and economic growth Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will: - know some of the formal and non-formal learning processes as well as the social and cultural conditioning of lifelong learning; - be able to understand and analyze norms and documents relating to welfare and lifelong learning policies; - know how to understand sociological research materials in the field; - be able to find, read and interpret some of the sources and statistical data relating to lifelong learning; - be able to independently develop professional skills by identifying and using appropriate paths and methods of technical-professional upgrading.

Course contents

The first part (Prof. Tuorto) addresses some issues of the sociology of welfare state with particular reference to Italy. The second part (prof. Ghigi) will focus instead on vocational training and its various applications in the Italian case. We will focus on gender mainstreaming in welfare policies, especially by stressing the importance of women's participation on the labour market, sexism in the workplace, work-life balance and on competency trap.


Recommended readings for both attending and non attending students are:

First part:

C. Ranci, E. Pavolini, Le politiche di welfare, 2015 (cap. I, II, III, IV)

Second part:

C. Ranci, E. Pavolini, Le politiche di welfare, 2015 (cap. VI, VII) and further readings that will be provided in the E-learning platform of the course (virtuale.unibo.it).

Teaching methods

Interactive classes and e-learning.

Assessment methods

Two written tests (one for each part of the course) based on open-ended questions, for both attending and non attending students. Please contact the teachers (prof. Tuorto and Prof. Ghigi) at the end of each part to book the exams.

Teaching tools

Interactive classes; multimedia; readings and e-learning; slides.

Office hours

See the website of Giuseppe Di Lieto

See the website of Dario Tuorto