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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SFM0014290, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SU2446, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SOCIAL DYNAMICS IN LOCAL DEVELOPMENT
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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 MATTEO BORTOLINI SPS/07

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

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 Commissione 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 BORTOLINI MATTEO (Presidente)
BERTONCIN MARINA (Membro Effettivo)
RIVA CLAUDIO (Supplente)
1 Commissione 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 BORTOLINI MATTEO (Presidente)
BERTONCIN MARINA (Membro Effettivo)
RIVA CLAUDIO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Prerequisite for this course is a working knowledge of major sociological and political science concepts. Some knowledge of contemporary political philosophy and post-colonial studies could also be of some help.
Target skills and knowledge: Disciplinary goals and skills
Understand what “experts” and “expertise” are
Understand what “being an expert” means
Link experts and their social environments
Learn/Use basic sociological concepts
Be able to analyze complex situations
Craft sound social science arguments

Organize research materials
Develop group skills in multidisciplinary work
Organize a sound presentation
Organize effective discussions
Examination methods: 1) Weekly diary
2) Evaluation of contributions to discussion
3) Evaluation of group work
4) Final written examination
Assessment criteria: Assessment of learning is an integral element of our course. Students individual and collective contributions and their learning outcomes will be assessed by way of a mixed (instructor and peers) model of evaluation.
Course unit contents: The course will focus on the role of social institutions in local development. We will try to understand what an institution is, what institutions do, and how institutions work with other social actors in the pursuit of their individual and collective goals.

The course is both analytical and reflexive in scope. From an analytical point of view, we aim at building a rock-solid set of concepts for interpreting actual practices and social relationships. From a reflexive point of view, since students are studying to become “experts of local development” themselves, the course is designed in order to encourage and foster reflexivity about one’s role, duties, and power.

The main theme of the course for the academic year 2019-2020 will be the role of the development expert, the development of his tacit knowledge, using a series of updated case studies
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is divided into two sections (see table):
- a first analytical section, focused on defining some concepts (colonialism, culture, embodiment, expertise) and on discussing and creating some consensus on a notion of development, and on working out some viable analytical tools;
- during the second section, groups of students will present and discuss different case-studies.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Some prerequisite and methodological stuff will be uploaded on the course's Moodle page a couple of months before the beginning of the course for students to refresh their basic sociological knowledge.

The ultimate list of mandatory readings will be published later this academic year.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

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 Climate Action Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions