cod. 1003118

Academic year 2023/24
2° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Sociologia giuridica, della devianza e mutamento sociale (SPS/12)
Discipline sociologiche e di servizio sociale
Type of training activity
45 hours
of face-to-face activities
9 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

At the end of the course, students must show knowledge and understanding, and ability to apply knowledge and understanding with respect to: knowledge and classification of the different normative messages produced by society and to acknowledge differences and continuities between social and legal norms. They must understand factors influencing the transformation of legal field and explain the charact of post modern legal fields. They must be able to understand the influence of internal and external legal culture on the interpretation of law and to compare theories of normative and legal socialization. In addition, they will be able to locate and explain in contemporary societies the work of different and sometimes conflicting legal systems (local, national and supranational, informal and formal). With regard to formation and implementation of law, students should be able to identify the various institutional and organizational influences that shape the content of norms and their application. These skills will be further refined in the second part of the course. Students are expected to apply the concepts learned during the first part of the course to the legal regulation of families and children’s rights. Students should develop a specific communicative ability : they must be able to remember and apply the specific lexicon of the discipline.


No required

Course unit content

In the first part of the course students will learn about some key topics in
the sociology of law: normativity and law in a sociological perspective;
the legal culture; the formation and implementation of legal norms; legal
pluralism. In the second part, it will be adressed some topic, as the legal
regulation of families and children's rights

Full programme

- Law in sociological perspective
- normative messages and legal messages
- Transformation of legal fields
- Legal culture: internal and external
- normative and legal socialisation
- legal pluralism
- social and legal regulation of family and parenthood
- Children's rights
- Family mediation
- Mental health, health and prison


Cottino A. (a cura di) Lineamenti di sociologia del diritto, Zanichelli, Bologna, 2019.
Students can choose a book among the ones listed below:

Maggioni G., Polini B., L'adeguatezza genitoriale. Competenza ed efficacia nelle relazioni familiari, Angeli, 2018.

Scivoletto C., a cura di, Il tempo e la fiducia. L'affido eterofamiliare del minore, Carocci, Roma, 2013.

Scivoletto C., Guarire dal male?, Angeli, Milano, 2018.

Vannoni G., Dalla parte del bambino. L'interesse del minore secondo i giudici, Aracne, Milano, 2020.

Further bibliography will be presented during the course.

Teaching methods

Lectures; discussion of topics and problems; exercices; seminars with
professionals in social and legal fields.
Slides and further didactic materials will be uploaded on the Elly platform (monthly).

Assessment methods and criteria

Final assesment: Written assessment with 3 open ended questions. Questions concern all topics included in the syllabus.
The exam will last 2 hours. Evaluation scale is: 0-30.
Students must show:
- Knowledge and understanding and knowledge and applied understanding of basic concepts of sociology of law and of the specific topics, presented during the classes (using the chosed book)
- Communication abilities (disciplinary lexicon)
- Autonomy of judgment
Maximun grade (30 and praise) will be given in case of maximum evaluation per each item.
In case of pandemic, the final tests will be managed both in presence and/or on line, according to the evolution of the general safety rules.
Studets will be noticed in time by the professor, on the esse 3 platform or the Degree Course' web site.

Other information

Students are welcome by email contact.
Please, write to chiara.scivoletto@unipr.it to set up an appointment