Family and social policies (2019/2020)

Course code
4S000948
Credits
12
Coordinator
Paola Di Nicola
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
SOCIOLOGIA DELLA FAMIGLIA 6 SPS/08-SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION Sem. 1A Paola Di Nicola
POLITICA SOCIALE 6 SPS/07-GENERAL SOCIOLOGY Sem. 1B Sergio Cecchi

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
- Knowledge and understanding of main values underpinning social policies and social services

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
- Ability to recognize the main causes of people needs and distinguish among their social, family and personal roots.
- Ability to integrate one’s own action with the meanings and values of the welfare state reforms both at national and at the local level.


LEARNING OUTCOMES
The course aims at providing students with that knowledge and skills necessary to understand and analyze structures and changes of two relevant institutions in terms of social integration: welfare system and family. More specifically the part dedicated to Social policies will deal with the conceptual, methodological and cultural basis needed to analyze and interpret the genesis and modification of Welfare and Citizenship systems, with particular reference to the factors of the crisis affecting social policies and social inclusion systems. The part dedicated to the sociology of family will provide students with students critical tools for reading and interpretation of the relationship between families and social policies, taking as analysis perspective the role of women.

Syllabus

First Module
The program is centered on the following points:
1. The birth and development of public welfare systems: social factors and dynamics and sociological interpretations;
2. The crisis of public welfare systems: social factors and dynamics.
3. the transition from Keynesian capitalism to the neo-liberal one and consequences on social policies; the crisis of social policies is also a crisis of the legitimacy of democratic systems. .
3. Towards new configurations of welfare systems?
4. The new actors of social policies (associationism, cooperativism, market).
Second Module
An analysis of economic, social, cultural and political factors will be developed to focus the dynamics of the social change. In particular it stands out as the most significant changes of the status of women have changed the forms and family relationship.
Topics covered:
- structural changes in the family in Italy: trends since 1970
- changes in relationships between couples and generations
-attitudes and behaviors related to birth, fertility, and marriage rates
- marital Conflict (Separation and Divorce)
- new family forms: immigrant families, informal marriage, step- families, adoptive families, and unions with partners of the same sex.
The analysis of family changes will be conducted through a reading and interpretation of the most relevant ISTAT data on the topics dealt with.
Topics covered:
- structural changes in the family in Italy: trends since 1970
- changes in relationships between couples and generations
-attitudes and behaviors related to birth, fertility, and marriage rates
- marital Conflict (Separation and Divorce)
- new family forms: immigrant families, informal marriage, step- families, adoptive families, and unions with partners of the same sex.
The analysis of family changes will be conducted through a reading and interpretation of the most relevant ISTAT data on the topics dealt with.

Assessment methods and criteria

First Module
The assessment of learning outcomes will be on a preliminary written assessment of the acquired knowledge and an integrative oral exam only upon request of the individual students, in case of integration of the mark acquired in the written test.
The written test is aimed at ascertaining the knowledge of the topics in the program and the ability to critically read the dynamics of the evolution of Welfare systems.
The supplementary oral exam consists of an interview aimed at developing the issues that emerged in the written test, with questions also on other parts of the study program.

Second Module
Examination procedure: oral exam
The oral exam aims to evaluate the student's ability to enucleate the social, political and cultural factors underlying family changes, new household needs, and the impact that new family configurations s have on welfare policies.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Kapezov Y., Carbone D. Che cos'è il welfare state Il Mulino 2007
Franzini Maurizio, Pianta Mario Disuguaglianze. Quante sono, come combatterle Laterza 2016 978-88-581-2378-2
Paola Di Nicola Famiglia: sostantivo plurale. Nuovi orizzonti e vecchi problemi (Edizione 2) Franco Angeli 2017 9788891759672
Susan Moller Okin La donna e la giustizia Dedalo 1999
G. Esping Andersen La rivoluzione incompiuta il Mulino 2011
Ferrera M. Rotta di collisione. Euro contro welfare? Laterza 2016
Allievi S.,Dalla Zuanna G. Tutto quello che non vi hanno mai detto sull'immigrazione Laterza 2016
Esping Andersen La rivoluzione incompiuta Il Mulino 2011
P. Bosisio, P. Ronfani Le famiglie omogenitoriali Carocci 2015
Costanzo Ranci, Emmanuele Pavolini Le politiche di welfare il Mulino 2015 9788815252319
Allievi Stefano, Dalla Zuanna Gianpietro Tutto quello che non vi hanno mai detto sull'immigrazione Laterza 2016 978-88-581-2372-0