Course-specific learning objectives

The second-cycle degree course in 'Planning and management of social services' aims to train a professional (specialist social worker) who, in addition to the ability to work with users who turn to social services, is able to perform planning, organisational and management functions in social and health services, lead teams and coordinate the services provided and the staff employed in these services.
The degree course includes class-qualifying training activities.
Graduates in the second-cycle degree courses in the class must acquire an in-depth knowledge of social service theories, an ability to use and experiment with advanced and innovative social service methodologies and skills for decoding complex needs of individuals, families, groups and the territory.
The structure of the degree course is therefore aimed at providing students with knowledge that integrates legal and economic course units (personal law, labour law, administrative law); sociological and political course units (legal and change sociology); sociology of globalisation; general sociology, focusing on the content of the organisation and legislation of social services; and psychological course units, with particular emphasis on the psychology of groups and families.
In fact, the progression of studies offered by the educational plan aims to provide students with knowledge and skills to be used in the field of the profession, within the current cultural and social framework, which is affected by profound changes in welfare, characterising the time of globalisation, with new structures in labour policies and the emergence of phenomena such as the impoverishment of the middle class; phenomena that challenge the traditional methodological structure of social services and require innovative skills in interacting with the resources of the so-called third sector and the private social sector.
Through the learning of this knowledge, the course aims to train second-cycle degree graduates who, as specialist social workers (after Enrolment in the Register of Social Workers, section A) or as managers of services and organisational structures, are able to manage the organisation of resources, both in the public and private social spheres; to provide psycho-social counselling, as well as to plan mediation interventions in the family, juvenile, social and penal spheres. In particular, the learning outcomes expected through the design of the Programme of Study relate to specialised skills in public policy planning and social and family policies.
In terms of expected learning outcomes, the student should know, be able to use and be able to demonstrate the knowledge and competence acquired around the above-mentioned phenomena, given that they challenge the traditional methodological framework of social services and require innovative skills in interacting with the resources of the so-called third sector and the private social sector.
The learning outcomes are established by the Degree Course in coherence with the competences required by the demand for training arising from the phenomena mentioned above, they are then articulated in a progression that enables the student to achieve the requirements set by the demand for external training.
The Programme of Study is therefore composed of teaching modules organised in such a way as to achieve knowledge and skill-building objectives. Each module assumes a certain amount of knowledge already acquired or previously obtained qualifications.
For each learning area, which groups teaching modules according to the common objectives that characterise them, the knowledge and skills that in general that area sets as its objective are described below in order to identify in detail the particular learning outcomes that contribute to the objective of each area.
Finally, the characteristics of the work to be developed for the thesis are described, i.e. the final project that the student must tackle in order to complete his or her training by demonstrating that he or she has achieved the required level of autonomy.