Comparative History of education
cod. 1006051

Academic year 2022/23
1° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Storia della pedagogia (M-PED/02)
Discipline pedagogiche e metodologico-didattiche
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding: knowledge of an historical outline of the period and its main educational institutions; ability in interconnecting these two aspects.

Applying knowledge and understanding: being able to explain some texts of the given period, using historical-comparative tools.

Making judgements: being able to express opinions with due motivation: this is the main transversal goal of the course.

Communication skills: Ability to explain one's own work in reading and interpretating texts with a correct and appropriate language.

Learning skills: being able to reflect critically on one's own knowledge, in proportion with individual talents.



Course unit content

Course title: The individual and society. Two educational paradigms and the Anglo-Saxon and Continental tradition.

Full programme

See "Contents".


The course will be conducted on original sources. The non-native Italian speakers are allowed to study on alternative editions in English and/or French.
Chapters to be studied for the exam will be indicated during the classes.

John Locke, Il governo civile [Two Treatises of Government, II, 1689], traduzione italiana del 1773:
(chapters: 1, 4, 5, 6, 8)

John Locke, Della educazione dei fanciulli [Some thoughts concerning education, 1693], trad. italiana del 1751:
Chapters: book I, capp. 2, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11; book II, capp. 19, 21, 22.

John Stuart Mill, La libertà (1859), edizione italiana a cura di Piero Gobetti (1925) con prefazione di Luigi Einaudi:
Chapters: introduction, chap. II; chap. IV (only pp. 165-171).

Giuseppe Mazzini, Doveri dell’uomo (edizione londinese del 1860):
Chapters: I, IV, from VII to X.

Emile Durkheim (1858-1917), Educazione come socializzazione, antologia a cura di Nedo Baracani, La Nuova Italia (available on the Elly platform)

Reference work:
Fulvio de Giorgi (a cura di), Storia della pedagogia, Morcelliana, Scholé, 2021

From introduction (Fulvio De Giorgi, Come studiare la Storia della Pedagogia) to Dorena Caroli's chapter (Anton Semënovič Makarenko).

Teaching methods

Lecture; reading with comments; debate with students; close reading training on selected texts.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination (conference-like presentation by the student, with or without images, a powerpoint or other supports).
After the presentation, the student will be briefly queestioned to promote discussion and assess the reading of the texts.

The passing mark is achieved if the students shows both these accomplishments:
a) Has read thoroughly the compulsory and chosen texts and is able to locate them in time and space;
b) Has reflected upon the problems/questions posited in the texts and has tried to give a personal interpretation.

Other information

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