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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP5070257, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1090, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SOCIOLOGY OF FAMILY
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
E-Learning website
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 FRANCA BIMBI

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines SPS/08 Sociology of Culture and Communication 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 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 2018 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 BIMBI FRANCA (Presidente)

Prerequisites: The personal interest on the main issues of the transformations of families in contemporary societies is considered as crucial to the students’ satisfaction and good results following the Course, considering also their professional perspectives.

The basic knowledge on psychosocial aspects of family relationships and on connections between family life and the other contexts of socialization, formal education and training, is very useful to handle the approaches of Sociology of family.
Target skills and knowledge: The Course intends to solicit a critical attitude for the analysis on the transformations of family patterns considering the demographic and social changes of Italian families in the European and international scenario.
Family relationships, as forms of reproduction of primary social ties, will be the focus. Analysis on changes of socialization processes in different forms of family and their relations with primary and secondary education degrees will be taken in consideration.
It is expected that students will also be able connect national and European aspects of family changes and of education processes of young generations to the main goals of the United Nation’s Document “Transforming our world. 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. Especially the goals of decrease of inequalities, gender equality and empowering for all women and girls, recognition of differences, and life-styles connected to sustainable consumption and production models will be taken in consideration.
Examination methods: Non-mandatory written exercise:
Between the second and the fourth week, there will be a non-mandatory written exercise of analysis on an article of sociology, chosen by every student and relating to some of the issues presented during the lessons. The exercise results will be evaluated together with those of the final exam, without taking into account in case of negative results of this first written exercise.

Final Exam:
The final exam concerns one book and two articles as mandatory for all students. Furthermore students are required to choose an article by the list in the Syllabus.

The final exam, to be carried out in two hours, will be a written exam based on 6 open questions on book, mandatory articles and the article chosen by the student. It evaluates the learning goals and the capacity of reflection on required readings.
The book and the articles can also be consulted during the exam.
Assessment criteria: The final exam will aim to verify:
* the learning of the concepts and approaches based on required readings;
* the ability to build links between different concepts and approaches;
* the ability of critical analysis skills between the texts and the "cases" drawn from the Italian public debate.
Course unit contents: The Course deals with the following main topics:
1. transformations of the structures and models of Italian families in the framework of demographic transitions and international migrations with particular reference to the social and cultural themes of maternity and paternity choices.
2. the transformation of gender relations with particular attention to the issues of reconciliation between professional work, unpaid and paid family care-work and to the conflicts in family life and between generations.
3. the redefinition of gender identities and the patterns of socialization in the context of multicultural societies.
4. the relations between cultural and social capital of different models of family, socialization processes and educational attainments.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The students will be canalized to a critical and transversal reading which link different approaches and topics considering also their practical aspects for professional aims and assuming a problem-solving attitude.

Discussions on the possible implementations of the goals of 2030 Agenda in the Italian and European contexts will be organized with presentations of case-study, considering also the shared understandings of the Italian Constitution and European Charter of fundamental rights relating to the aspects of family life and educational institution
Additional notes about suggested reading: Links and learning materials, by institutional sources (Istat, Eurostat, United Nation…), concerning data and statistics on the contemporary transitions of family, will be put into the Moodle platform. Also the text “Transforming our world. 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” will be put in the platform with some documents concerning its goals.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • F.BIMBI, R.TRIFILETTI, Madri sole e nuove famiglie.Declinazioni inattese della genitorialità. Roma: Edizioni Lavoro, 2006. TESTO OBBLIGATORIO Cerca nel catalogo
  • F.BIMBI, A.M. TOFFANIN, La conciliazione tra lavori e «care» nella crisi europea. in Autonomie locali e servizi sociali,3. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2017. ARTICOLO OBBLIGATORIO -Verrà caricato in Moodle
  • P. BONIZZONI, M. ROMITO, C. CAVALLO, L’orientamento nella scuola media: una possibile causa della segregazione etnica nella scuola superiore?- Educazione Interculturale 2. Roma: Erikson, 2014. ARTICOLO OBBLIGATORIO -Verrà caricato in Moodle
  • M. AMBROSINI, Separate e ricongiunte. Le famiglie migranti attraverso i confini - Mondi migranti 1: 37-44.. Milano: Franco Angeli, 2009. ARTICOLO A SCELTA -Verrà caricato in Moodle
  • L. TRAPPOLIN, The Construction of Lesbian and Gay Parenthood in Sociological Research <<Interdisciplinary Journal of Family Studies>>. Padova: --, 2016. ARTICOLO A SCELTA -Verrà caricato in Moodle
  • P. BONIZZONI, Maternità in transito: negoziare le geografie familiari in uno scenario transnazionale - Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia, a. LIII, n. 4. Bologna: Il MUlino, 2012. ARTICOLO A SCELTA -Verrà caricato in Moodle
  • A:M:TOFFANIN, Tra innamoramenti e dis-illusioni. L’esperienza amorosa in storie di violenza e migrazione - Rassegna Italian di Sociologia 4. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2014. ARTICOLO A SCELTA -Verrà caricato in Moodle
  • E.NALDINI, “...Un’emozione fortissima...Desideri, piani e strategie di cura in coppie in attesa del primo figlio"-Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2014. ARTICOLO A SCELTA -Verrà caricato in Moodle Cerca nel catalogo
  • A.M. TOFFANIN, P.PASIAN, Richiedenti asilo e rifugiate nello Sprar. Contraddizioni nel sistema d’accoglienza - Mondi Migranti 1. Milano: Franco Angeli, 2018. ARTICOLO A SCELTA -Verrà caricato in Moodle
  • F.A. VIANELLO, Continuità e confini tra vita pubblica e vita privata. La doppia presenza delle assistenti familiari -AboutGender 1(2). Genova: --, 2012. ARTICOLO A SCELTA -Verrà caricato in Moodle

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Story telling
  • Problem solving
  • Concept maps
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
No Poverty Zero Hunger Good Health and Well-Being Quality Education Gender Equality Decent Work and Economic Growth Reduced Inequalities Sustainable Cities and Communities Responsible Consumption and Production