Family and social policies - SOCIOLOGIA DELLA FAMIGLIA (2016/2017)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Paola Di Nicola
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. IB dal Nov 14, 2016 al Jan 21, 2017.

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Lesson timetable

Sem. IB
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM lesson Lecture Hall Menegazzi from Dec 6, 2016  to Dec 6, 2016
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM lesson Lecture Hall Menegazzi from Dec 7, 2016  to Dec 14, 2016
Thursday 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM lesson Lecture Hall E  
Friday 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM lesson Lecture Hall 2.2 from Nov 25, 2016  to Nov 25, 2016
Friday 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM lesson Lecture Hall E  

Learning outcomes

Learning purposes:The course aims to give the students critical tools for reading and interpretation of the relationship
between families and social policies, taking as analysis perspective the role of women. In a mediterranean model of
welfare system, which is anchored and has played on the family as a private producer of goods and services of 'public
importance' (with a strong impact on the level of welfare of the community), the trends of change in families change
their social role. The families face increasing difficulties in carrying out their duties of care.


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 relations. The status of women, in particular what is called the unfinished revolution by Esping-Andersen, is the key to understanding the one hand the growing difficulty of making family and bear children, and on the other how to create a welfare system more fair, efficient and supportive from the fulfillment of women's revolution.
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.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Paola Di Nicola Famiglia: sostantivo plurale. Nuovi orizzonti e vecchi problemi (Edizione 2) Franco Angeli 2017 9788891759672
Esping Andersen La rivoluzione incompiuta Il Mulino 2011
S. Moller Okin Le donne e la giustizia (Edizione 1999) Dedalo 1999

Assessment methods and criteria

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.