cod. 1008814

Academic year 2021/22
2° year of course - First semester
- Stefania FUCCI
Academic discipline
Sociologia generale (SPS/07)
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
40 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to:
- Recognise the stages of the public policy cycle;
- Critically analyse a public policy;
- Apply the theoretical and methodological skills acquired during the course to real processes of public policy design, formulation, implementation and evaluation


This course does not require special prerequisites

Course unit content

The course will be organized in two different parts: the first one, dedicated to the presentation of the theoretical-methodological framework which, starting from the definition of public policies, will examine the main phases in which the planning and the implementation of a public policy is divided; a second one, focalized on how to build and evaluate projects in the social sphere.
In particular, the first part will deal with topics such as the public policy cycle; the actors and their role in the formulation and implementation of a public policy; the main theoretical approaches to the classification of a public policy and then go into the details of the single phases that make up the cycle. In the second part, attention will be focused on possible strategies for the construction and evaluation of public policies in the social field. The course includes individual and group exercises.

Full programme

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Attending students:
In the first part of the course in-depth readings will be provided;
For the second part: De Ambrogio, U., Dessi, C. e Ghetti, V., (2015), Progettare e valutare nel sociale, Roma, Carocci.

Non-attending students:
La Spina, A., Espa, E. (2011), Analisi e valutazione delle politiche pubbliche, Bologna, Il Mulino.
De Ambrogio, U., Dessi, C. e Ghetti, V., (2015), Progettare e valutare nel sociale, Roma, Carocci.

Teaching methods

The teaching activity will take place in presence, unless the health emergency should continue. In particular, lessons could be recorded and made available to students (uploaded on the Elly page of the course). The teaching activity will be conducted mostly with lectures in the first part of the course, in any case by promoting the exchanges and the discussions with the students. The second part of the course will alternate lectures with discussions on topics and research agreed with the students, exercises and group work. The use of the Elly electronic environment is envisaged for sharing slides, readings, information and notices.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will be written and will focus on the exam book. In particular, it will composed by 3 open-ended questions with no answer limits (time available: 90 minutes). The questions are open and general, and have the aim not only of assessing notional learning, but also the ability of the students to process critically and interconnect between various "chapters" of study. If, due to the continuing health emergency, it is necessary to integrate with the remote mode the profit examinations will be carried out in oral mode (via Teams).
For attending students, a report (3/4 pages) on one of the issues addressed in the second part of the course will be added to the written test/oral exam in the case of distance mode (2 open-ended questions). More details will be provided by the teacher during the course.
The final evaluation will be the result of the average of the scores obtained by the student in the different tests. In particular, for attending students the written test, evaluated expressed in thirtieths, represents the 50% of the final mark, while the other 50% is represented by the report evaluation. For non-attending students the final mark is the result of the written test/oral exam in the case of on-line mode

Other information

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