Sociology and analysis of social dynamics [indirizzo per l'educatore interculturale] (2008/2009)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Cristina Lonardi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. II A, Sem. II B

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

Aim of the course is the introduction to the basic concepts and the interpretative theories of Sociology. It will be illustrate the sociological interpretations on micro and macro social phenomena and transformations.
Starting from these interpretations, it will address the issue of social co-existence among people or groups belonging to different cultures. This phenomenon is an important dimension of contemporary associated life and it is related to other important phenomena such as globalisation, intensification of international migration, growth of contacts among different cultures.
Part of the course will be dedicated to illustrate how the sociological discipline can use its own instruments in order to analyse particularly important social phenomena, like the ones mentioned before.
Last aim of the course is the introduction to the strategies and research tools through which empirical sociology studies the phenomena of our time.

This course is recommended to the students who intend to opt for the curriculum “Intercultural Educator”.


First part: introduction to sociology, culture, social structure, socialization, social interaction, organisations, deviance and social control, communities and urban life, inequality, stratification and social classes, ethnic inequality, gender and inequality, age and inequality, family, education, religion, economy and society, politi-cal system, population dynamics, collective behaviour and social movements, social and cultural change.
Second part: social co-existence between people or groups belonging to different cultures: migration proc-esses and relational dynamics (migration and migrants -women, families, second-generation, work, social networks functions, deviance, inclusion / exclusion, citizenship).
Third part: introduction to strategies and tools of empirical research. Particular attention will be paid to quali-tative techniques of empirical research: biographical approach in social sciences will be the specific reference.

Smelser J.N. (2007), Manuale di sociologia, Il Mulino, Bologna (nuova edizione a cura di Baldini M).
Ambrosini M. (2005), Sociologia delle migrazioni, Il Mulino, Bologna.
Lonardi C. (2006), Raccontare raccontarsi. L’approccio biografico nelle scienze sociali, QuiEdit, Verona.
Niero M. (2005), Introduzione alla progettazione e alla pratica della ricerca sociale, Guerini Editore, Milano only chapters 1,2,5.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written examination