Family and social policies - SOCIOLOGIA DELLA FAMIGLIA (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Paola Di Nicola
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Sem. 1A dal Sep 21, 2020 al Oct 31, 2020.

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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 and the problem of reconciliation between care work and productive work . 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.


Course programme: 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
G. Esping Andersen La rivoluzione incompiuta il Mulino 2011
P. Bosisio, P. Ronfani Le famiglie omogenitoriali Carocci 2015

Assessment methods and criteria

Teaching methods: Lessons and group work to verify students' ability to apply the acquired knowledge to the analysis of the new needs of families, with respect to the provision of welfare services.
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.

Books list:
- P. Di Nicola, Famiglia: sostantivo plurale. II edizione aggiornata, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2017
- G. Esping-Andersen, La rivoluzione incompiuta, il Mulino, Bologna, 2011
- P. Bosisio, P. Ronfani, Le famiglie omogenitoriali, Carocci, Roma 2015 (solo capitolo 1 di P. Ronfani).