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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSO2043544, A.A. 2019/20

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS1842, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SOCIOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
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 ANGELO BOCCATO

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines SPS/07 General Sociology 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method distance e-learning

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 07/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 BOCCATO ANGELO (Presidente)
DALLA ROSA FEDERICO (Membro Effettivo)
MAERAN ROBERTA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Some topics of general psychology and social psychology
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to transmit the main areas of sociology to the students with the purpose of providing them with the basic tools to analyze social relationships. The fundamental principles for understanding social problems are culture, the situation of young people and lifestyles, training and group participation, forms of solidarity, areas of reproduction in society and education, consumption/consumers, economics, work and unemployment.

Students will develop different critical analysis skills that are useful for interpreting and being able to deal with reflections on the main themes of sociology that characterize the relationship between people and society, more generally speaking, social themes such as, for example: the condition of young people, deviance, the job market, and unemployment.

They will be able to apply the competences they have learned, adequately formulate the phases of sociological processes, communicate clearly and effectively, using specific terminology of the subjects pertaining to the sector with both experts and non-experts.

By the end of the course, students must have acquired the basic skills and be able to explore what they have learned on their own, so that they can make independent assessments for their own professional futures.
Examination methods: The exam will be written. Students will have to answer four open-ended questions in an hour and a half. The questions will address the main themes analyzed during the course; they may be asked to treat a theory (ex. social stratification, social mobility, education), report the main contributions of an author, or describe the specific areas of analysis and intervention in sociology.
Assessment criteria: The assessment of the preparation of the student will be based on an understanding of the topics covered during the course, on the acquisition of concepts, principles , methods and proposals on the ability to apply them in a self-conscious. It will also take into account the student's capacity for argumentation
Course unit contents: • The fundamental concepts of sociology. The relationship among the individual, society and person. Socialization.

• Culture and values

• Differences and social mobility

• Communication

• Deviance

• Reproduction, family and marriage

• The situation of young people. Youth unemployment in Italy.

• The psychosociology of outplacement

• The job market. Flexibility and precariousness. How to look for and find a job.

• Social policies. The situation in Europe, Italy and the Veneto Region.

• Unemployment, family, Welfare State. Women at work. Labor demand in service companies.

• What employment consists of. Work flexibility and unstable employment.

• Work policies and employment services.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Learning activities will be provided video-lectures, forums, chat, tasks ( multi delivery, task Online, single delivery, task offline), workshops, tutorials, sociological analysis of articles on various issues, examples of compiling dedicated cards outplacement.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Bagnasco A., Barbagli M., Cavalli A. (2007), “Corso di Sociologia”, Il Mulino, Bologna
Chapters: 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 ,11, 12, 16, 17, 19, 20.

Boccato A. Serra A. (a cura di) (2010), Outplacement. Psicosociologia della riqualificazione e del ricollocamento professionale, Piccin, Padova.
Chapters: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Zorino M. (2006), Il ConsumAttore, Cleup Padova.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Bagnasco A., Barbagli M., Cavalli A., Corso di Sociologia. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2012. Capitoli: 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 ,11, 12, 16, 17, 19, 20. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Boccato A. Serra A., Outplacement. Psicosociologia della riqualificazione e del ricollocamento professionale. Padova: Piccin, 2010. Capitoli: 1,2,3,4,5,6 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Zorino M., Il ConsumAttore. Padova: Cleup, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Decent Work and Economic Growth