Sociology of Education (2014/2015)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Paola Di Nicola
Paola Di Nicola
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. 2 A, Sem. 2 B

Lesson timetable

Sem. 2 A
Day Time Type Place Note
Wednesday 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.13  
Thursday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall I.06  
Sem. 2 B
Day Time Type Place Note
Wednesday 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.13  
Thursday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall I.06  

Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide students with a key to understanding the most important social processes, focusing on the
constituent elements of society and on the mechanisms of integration, adaptation and cultural transmission between
generations. From a sociological perspective, students will develop the ability to bring the most significant and relevant
social changes within the interpretive category of 'globalization', understood as a phase of reflexive modernity and risk


After a theoretical and empirical study of the rising and development of training systems, with a specific focus on
American and European tradition, we will conduct an analysis of the three basic functions performed by the school in
modern societies: the function of the transmission of knowledge, socialization and social selection.
The part of the general introduction will be completed, with a reflection on the most significant trends of change
(convergence of educational systems, privatization and commodification of education) in the world in the light of the
processes of economic globalization. The course will conclude with two specific analyzes: a reflection on the role that
social capital exerts on the academic performance of students and an analysis of the role that the school can exercise in
the paths of social integration of foreign pupils / students

1. Brint S., Scuola e società, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2007
2. Cesareo V. , Società multietniche e multiculturalismi, Vita e Pensiero, Milano 2004
3. Cobalti A., Globalizzazione e istruzione, Il Mulino, Bologna 2006
4. Colozzi I. (a cura di), Scuola e capitale sociale, Erikson, Trento, 2011
5. Casacchia O. et al., Studiare insieme, crescere insieme? Un’indagine sulle seconde generazioni in dieci regioni
italiane, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2008
6. Dalla Zuanna G. et al., Nuovi italiani. I giovani immigrati cambieranno il nostro paese?, il Mulino, Bologna, 2009

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral Exam.