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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
SFM1026984, A.A. 2016/17

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2015/16

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SF1330, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2016/17
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SOCIAL WORK METHODS 1
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge CHIARA PATTARO SPS/08

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SPS/07 General Sociology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 45 105.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/09/2016
End of activities 21/01/2017
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
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Prerequisites: Students need kowledge and skills acquired in following courses: "Principles and foundations of social services" and "Welfare, culture and society"
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to facilitate the acquisition of professional identity, using a methodological approach and the tools of social work.
The course aims to develop skills in managing the helping process and in the use of the main tools of professional social work.

At the end of the course it is expected that the student has acquired the following learning and is able to:
- think analytically over the professional role;
- understand the basic theoretical and methodological approach in the practice of social work;
- understand the stages of the helping process;
- develop a reflexive approach aimed at managing the helping process with methodological correctness;
- understand the main professional tools and adopt them in a reflexive attitude .
Examination methods: Written examination
Assessment criteria: The final grade will be based on a critical understanding of the contents of the course, and on the ability to apply them in an autonomous and aware way.
Course unit contents: - The social work: space, time, roles, tasks.
- The role of professional social worker.
- Methods, techniques and tools in social worker.
- The helping relationship: purposes and characteristics.
- The helping process in the construction of both individual and collective project.
- Deepen the use of some professional tools of social worker (listening techniques, the social work interview, home visit, meeting and teamwork)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and discussion.
This teaching methodology will allow students to learn and to experience a critical discussion with the teacher and group discussion.
Additional notes about suggested reading: A detailed reading list will be available during the course
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Cellini G., Dellavalle M., Il processo di aiuto del servizio sociale. Prospettive metodologiche. Torino: Giappichelli Editore, 2015. [Parte 1: cap 1, 2, 3, 4, 5] Cerca nel catalogo
  • Perino A., Il servizio sociale. Strumenti, attori, metodi. Milano: FrancoAngeli, 2010. [solo i capitoli 1 e 6] Cerca nel catalogo
  • Allegri E., Palmieri P., Zucca F., Il colloquio nel servizio sociale. Roma: Carocci, 2009. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Andrenacci R., La visita domiciliare di servizio sociale. Roma: Carocci, 2009. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Dal Pra Ponticelli M., Nuovo dizionario di servizio sociale. Roma: Carocci, 2013. [consultazione delle voci indicate] Cerca nel catalogo
  • Pattaro C., Setiffi F., Social work education. Orientamenti di studio nella letteratura internazionale. --: in Salute e Società, n. 2, pp. 191-205, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo