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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP5070257, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1090, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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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


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 07/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 TOFFANIN ANGELA MARIA (Presidente)

Prerequisites: Personal interest on the main issues concerning the transformations of families in contemporary societies is considered as crucial to the students’ satisfaction attending the Course, even for their professional perspectives.
Target skills and knowledge: The course provides sociological theoretical and empirical tools that are useful to analyze in depth historical, social and cultural transformations of family patterns in the European and International scenario.
Eventually, students are expected to have a good knowledge of the main arguments discussed during the course, as well as a suitable terminology. They are also expected to be competent in analyzing Italian and international scientific texts. The course prepares to read in a critical way normative and a-historical visions of the family. Also, students will be able to analyze social phenomena using intersectional approaches that consider categories of gender, age, class, national and linguistic belongings, sexual orientations, migratory conditions.
Examination methods: The exam consists of 5 open-ended, written questions to be answered within 2 hours.

ERASMUS/international students can take the examination in English - to be agreed with the professor
Assessment criteria: Evaluation will be based on:
* learning of concepts and approaches described in textbooks;
* clarity, coherence and comprehensiveness of arguments, and ability to use the basic language of the discipline;
* critical and analytical ability to discuss arguments used in the current, public debate;
* ability to use mani conceptual instruments acquired during the Course and to put in relation the arguments and approaches.
Course unit contents: The course contributes to the aims of the master Degree in Developmental and Educational Psychology by illustrating the main definitions and the main dimensions of analysis in family studies.
Taking into account institutional and normative levels, as well as both qualitative and quantitative researches, the main topics under review will be:
1. cultural, social and historical variations of the structures and models of Italian families in the framework of demographic transitions and international migrations;
2. the re-negotiation of gender relations within family ties, with particular reference to the issues of reconciliation between professional work, unpaid and paid family care-work;
3. social representations of women, men, love within family relations;
4. gender violence and intimate relations;
5. gender approach and intersectional perspective in family studies.
Students will also be accustomed to using sources and empirical data, both qualitative and quantitative.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course combines frontal lectures, including books' and researches' presentations, and a seminar section, in which sociological researches on family will be critically provided, presented and discussed by the students. A list of articles will be published in the Moodle platform and integrated by students' proposals - to be agreed with the Professor.
A film on related course's thematic will be watched and sociologically discussed.
Students' active participation in classes is strongly encouraged.
Additional notes about suggested reading: In Moodle students can access:
* the slides for each topic of the course;
* articles for oral presentation;
* links and learning materials, by institutional sources concerning data and statistics on the contemporary transitions of family;
* other suggested readings (not compulsory).

Students without knowledge of Italian language could study on volumes in other languages. They should get in contact by email with the professor before.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Saraceno, Chiara; Naldini, Manuela, Sociologia della famiglia. Bologna: Il mulino, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Della_Puppa, Francesco, Uomini in movimento. Il lavoro della maschilitĂ  fra Bangladesh e Italia. Torino: Rosenberg & Sellier, 2014. Obbligatorio, in alternativa a Toffanin 2015 o Vianello 2014 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Toffanin, Angela Maria, Controcanto. Donne latinoamericane tra violenza e riconoscimento. Milano: Guerini, 2015. Obbligatorio, in alternativa a Della Puppa 2014 o Vianello 2014 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Vianello, Francesca Alice, Genere e migrazioni. Prospettive di studio e di ricerca. Milano: Guerini scientifica, 2014. Obbligatorio, in alternativa a Della Puppa 2014 o Toffanin 2015 Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Students peer review

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

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