Early childhood and socialization processes (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Maria Gabriella Landuzzi
Maria Gabriella Landuzzi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. 1A dal Sep 21, 2020 al Oct 31, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding 1. Knowledge and understanding the sociological aspects characterizing the concepts of socialization, primary socialization and identity, in relation to a socio-cultural context. 2. Knowledge and understanding the primary socialization as a process aimed at favoring the construction of social identity. 3. Knowledge and understanding the socialization agencies that characterize the current context, with particular reference to the family and services for children, paying attention to the related socialization techniques. 4. Knowledge and understanding the relationship between identity and difference, also through the concept of "inferiorization" and stigma. Applying knowledge and understanding 1. To apply the learned knowledge in order to identify and describe the processes that lead to the construction of social identity and difference and to recognize its languages, also in complex social and relational contexts. 2. To broaden one's "professional look", observing and entering into relationships with others, without preconceptions, recognizing their points of view. 3. To recognize, observing with different points of view, stigmatizing processes and languages, in order to promote positive and virtuous relationships. 4. Using the concepts learned and their relative dimensions and characteristics, as a sort of "toolbox" to deal with professionals today, the complexity that characterizes the socialization process.


To achieve the training objectives, the course will deal with the following topics:
• A changing context: "liquid" modernity and complexity
• The socio-cultural system and role learning
• Socialization and primary socialization processes
• Socialization, identity and difference
• The family as a primary socialization agency
• Socialization and early childhood: services for children, the peer group, the media
• How to socialize: communication and relationship
• Stigma and social inferiorization
• Types of stigma
• Stigma and social relationships

The topics in the program will be addressed during the lessons and can be found in the following reference books:
- Landuzzi M. G., Primary socialization and its characteristics, Ed. Libreria Cortina, Verona, 2016
- Goffman E., Stigma. Identity denied, Ombre Corte, Verona, 2003

The DIDACTIC MODES adopted in the classroom provide for the use of:
- frontal lessons, dedicated to the transmission of the basics and key categories, useful for the implementation of theoretical knowledge;
- interactive lessons, characterized by the analysis of films and example materials, by the common discussion, group work, exercises and where possible, by the relationship with privileged witnesses, aimed at improving learning, applied understanding and team work skills , relationship and communication.

Throughout the academic year, the teacher is available for individual reception by appointment.
The monthly calendar of receptions is published on the web under "notices".
The program is valid for all (attending and non-attending), until the last appeal of February 2021.
Erasmus students are asked to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Landuzzi Maria Gabriella La socializzazione primaria e le sue caratteristiche Edizioni Universitarie Cortina 2016 978-88-7749-195-4
Goffman E. Stigma Ombre Corte 2003

Assessment methods and criteria

The assessment of learning outcomes is the same for everyone (attending and non-attending) and includes an oral test; the final evaluation is expressed in 30/30.
The oral exam consists of an interview aimed at verifying:
- knowledge about the topics studied
- communication skills and language ownership
- the ability to systematically connect knowledge
- the analytical ability and comparison between different points of view.