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  • Teacher Marco Trentini

  • Credits 8

  • SSD SPS/07

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Rimini

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Planning and managing of educational intervention in social distress (cod. 9229)


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

No poverty Gender equality Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student: - knows the various causes and forms of social distress and the complexity of the variables that determine it; - knows the institutions and public and private actors that intervene on the phenomenon in question and the methods of intervention; - knows the conceptual and analytical tools for the study of the Welfare State, knows its evolution, consolidation, and crisis; - knows the types of Welfare State: the Welfare models and regimes, the differences that characterize the various Welfare and the impact on the quality of life of citizens; - it knows the external and internal constraints and challenges of the Welfare system and social policy interventions; - can plan social and educational interventions, in collaboration with the various professional figures and services present in the territory; - can engage at the local level in the planning of services.

Course contents

The following topics will be covered:

- the origin of the welfare state and the welfare state models;

- the new social risks;

- some areas of social policies (e.g. anti-poverty policies, policies for reconciling care and work, long-term care policies, policies for immigrants);

- the territorial planning of services.


For all (attending and not):

Ranci, C., Pavolini, E., (2015), Le politiche di welfare, il Mulino, Bologna


And one of the following books:

Battistella, A., De Ambrogio, E., Ranci Ortigosa, E., (2015), Il Piano di zona. Costruzione, gestione, valutazione, Carocci Faber, Roma


Gori, C., (2020), Combattere la povertà. L'Italia dalla social card al Covid-19, Laterza, Bari


Teaching methods

Lectures and classroom discussions.

Assessment methods

The exam is written with 2 open-ended questions (60 minutes).

The questions aim above all at verifying the acquisition of the knowledge and the application of knowledge, the ability to understand and think critically. The exam will be assessed taking into account the above-mentioned aspects as well as the organisation and completeness of the content.

To take the exam, students must register in Alma Esami. https://almaesami.unibo.it/almaesami/welcome.htm. Please note that for written exam registrations close one week before the exam date.


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