02517 - Sociology of Education

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

Quality education Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student: - will know the genesis, development and evolution of the Sociology of Education; - will know the results of the sociological contribution to the study of institutions and educational processes in the sector; - will have specific knowledge/sociological skills functional to the assessment of the impact of educational interventions with particular reference to equality and inequality of opportunities in education; - will knowhow to read and evaluate statistical-sociological data and indicators of school system.

Course contents

The course is divided into two parts:

First part will build knowledge on the models of analysis of educational processes and institutions and on the transition from the schoolcentric to polycentric model of training. Starting from the definition of the field of study and research of the Sociology of Education and from the contributions of various authors (Durkheim, Marx, Weber, Parsons, Simmel...), topics such as the relationship between education and society, socialization and theoretical models of reference, social Self and theories of identity, equality of opportunities in education, actors and agencies will be discussed.

Second part will deal with some specific issues such as inequalities in education and educational pathways of pupils with non-Italian citizenship


The bibliography consists in:

1) a manual of sociology of education (last edition 2017):

E. Besozzi, Società, cultura, educazione, Carocci, Roma, 2017

(Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

2) a booklet (operative book):

Cerantola L. e Tagliaventi M.T. (a cura di), Per una scuola inclusiva, proposte di buone pratiche, Edizioni Junior, Bergamo 2020

3) three articles you will find on the iol platform

Teaching methods

Face to face lessons, seminar activities and classroom discussions.

Any materials used during the lessons will be made available to students through the virtual platform.

Assessment methods

If the pandemic phase is overcome, the exam will be written, in presence, and will include closed and open questions in strong connection with the anthropology module.

If the pandemic phase will not be surpassed, the exam will be oral and virtual through the teams platform. The student will be required to answer 2/3 questions.

Since the teaching is integrated with the anthropology exam, students with 8 credits will also have to take the anthropology module test.

Attending students will be able to bring a paper on a topic discussed in class (agreeing with the teacher)


Teaching tools

Synthetic schemes, slides and videos will be used during the lessons.

During the lessons the discussion of the topics will be accompanied by suggestions of texts, documents and empirical research materials that can be used by the students to build individual preparation of the exam under the guidance of the teacher.

Office hours

See the website of Maria Teresa Tagliaventi