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

Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the workshop the student: - is able to move independently in applying specific techniques learned independently or within projects organized by the institutions; - knows how to deal with other subjects on how to use and document the techniques learned; - know how to place the specific knowledge learned in different types of service; - can evaluate the limits and the merits of the technical instruments learned; - knows how to transfer the technologies learned in different contexts by making changes and personal additions.

Course contents

Participatory planning

The welfare system seems lacking the resources to be supported. The economic crisis has accentuated the elements of social fragmentation and brought out needs difficult to satisfy.

In this context, the participation acquires a particular value in the social projects based on the co-responsibility of different social subjects and the community.

This approach is used in different sectors through different methodologies. In the case of social services, it has found expression in various laws (L. 285/97, L. 40/98, L. 45/99). In particular the law L. 328/00 also provides for instrument of participation such as the area plans of social services.

In this context, the role of the designer is defined differently, placing himself not as an independent and isolated professional, but as a technician capable of promoting contributions from his interlocutors, who, in many cases, are not experts and so need a support.

The designer has to integrate his specific technical competence with those skills necessary to act in / with the community, promote the building of collective spaces for the conception and implementation of projects and the building of shared organizations.

The workshop aims to promote reflection on the following aspects:

1. The building of participation spaces: the example of Open Space Technology

2. The building of relationships: the mediation of conflicts in the organization

3. The reading of the community: the methodology of action research


Social Planning

Leone L, Prezza M., Costruire e valutare i progetti nel sociale. Manuale operativo per chi lavora su progetti in campo sanitario, sociale, educativo e culturale, Franco Angeli, Milano, 2013, pp.256

Merlo G., La programmazione sociale, Carocci, Roma, 2014, pp. 272

De Ambrogio U. e al., Progettare e valutare nel sociale, Carocci, Roma, 2013, pp. 184

Social Planning, participation and community

Ripamonti E., Collaborare. Metodi partecipativi per il sociale, Carocci, Roma, 2018, pp. 288

Ciceri P., Il lavoro con i minori e le famiglie. Costruire interventi partecipati, Carocci, Roma, 2017, pp. 120

Farina F., Ricerca sociale e progettazione partecipata, Bonanno, Roma, 2012, pp. 136

Berruti F. (a cura di), Il Lavoro di comunità, Quaderni di animazione e formazione, edizioni gruppo Abele, Torino,1996, pp. 160

Martini E.R., Torti A., Fare lavoro di comunità. Riferimenti teorici e strumenti operativi. Carocci, Roma, 2003, pp.272

Garramone V., Aicardi M. (a cura di), Paradise l'OST? Spunti per l'uso e l'analisi dell'Open Space Technology, Franco Angeli, Milano, 2010, pp. 288

Teaching methods

Different projects and interventions for groups of adolescents and social marginalized subjects will be taken into consideration, as a basis for classroom practice through case analysis, simulations, OST. There will be social workers involved in inclusion projects.

Assessment methods

Students will be assessed on the basis of classroom exercises

Teaching tools

Texts and videos to support classroom exercises


Office hours

See the website of Francesco Fiore