General and family sociology (2011/2012)

Course code
4S02344
Credits
9
Coordinator
Paola Di Nicola
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
SOCIOLOGIA 6 SPS/07-GENERAL SOCIOLOGY Sem. 1A Luca Mori
SOCIOLOGIA DELLA FAMIGLIA 3 SPS/08-SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION Sem. 1B Paola Di Nicola

Learning outcomes

Module: SOCIOLOGIA DELLA FAMIGLIA
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The course places the objective of giving reading instruments in order to comprise the recent social dynamic that have invested the familiar relations. Although the family acts in the sphere of the private relations, it is one complex social construct that regulated the relationships between the gender and the generations, carrying out functions of social mediation and integration. In the contemporary society these functions are particularly important, characterized from crescent processes of fragmentation and social differentiation.


Module: SOCIOLOGIA
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Through the analysis of the main sociological concepts and the examination of the work of some classical (Tocqueville, Durkhiem, Weber) and modern authors (Parsons, Goffman), the course is aimed at presenting the general theoretical problems faced by the sociological thought in the course of its evolution.

Syllabus

Module: SOCIOLOGIA DELLA FAMIGLIA
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An analysis of economic, social, cultural and political factors will be developed to focus the dynamics of the social change. In particular, one will put attention to the processes of individualization and the movements between the private/public sphere, and their influence on the relations and the inter-generational ties, creating new familiar configurations. Particular attention will be devoted to the lack of social policies for the family, which emphasizes the processes of increasing privatization and individualization of family relationships.

Testi per l’esame (studenti frequentanti):
P. Di Nicola, Famiglia: sostantivo plurale. Amarsi, crescere e vivere nelle famiglie del terzo millennio, Angeli, Milano, 2008
D. Del Boca, A. Rosina, Famiglie sole. Sopravvivere con un welfare insufficiente, il Mulino, Bologna, 2009


Module: SOCIOLOGIA
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1) Reimann H., (a cura di), Introduzione alla sociologia. I concetti fondamentali, Il Mulino, Bologna
2) Aron R., Le tappe del pensiero sociologico, Mondadori, Milano (SOLO i capitoli su M. Weber, A. de Tocqueville, É. Durkheim)
3) Goffman E., La natura della deferenza e del contegno, in Id. Il rituale dell’interazione , Il Mulino, Bologna
4) Le slide e le dispense su Talcott Parsons distribuite di volta in volta durante le lezioni.

Assessment methods and criteria

Module: SOCIOLOGIA DELLA FAMIGLIA
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Oral exam.


Module: SOCIOLOGIA
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Written exam