cod. 1010774

Academic year 2022/23
2° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Sociologia generale (SPS/07)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
10 hours
of face-to-face activities
2 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

At the end of the course students must have acquired knowledge related to the community and integrated approach of social work, making theoretical and practical experience of collaborative techniques. Relevant focus will be devoted to the role of the social worker within the work of designing and directing the social contexts involved, thus reflecting on the political role of the social worker within the local community.


No prerequisites required

Course unit content

The "social and health" paradigm, community work, the partial recognition of social issues according to the theoretical references of Franca Olivetti Manoukian .

Community welfare, how is it done? Care in communities, energy of social tissues, potential to be activated, keys to citizenship.

Collaborative methods: photovoice, World Café, Open Space Technology, Restorative Circles.

Full programme

-Difference between the social and health paradigm

-Cultural paradigms influencing social work

-Change and diversify work processes

-The experience of the Estates of Lecco 2019: models of integration between social and health

-Role of the voluntary sector

-Activation of community resources

-Involvement of citizens in welfare

-Collaborative methods such as Community "enzymes"

-The Photovoice

-The World Cafe

-The Open Space Technology

-The Restorative Circles


-"Collaborative methods. Tools for community social work" by Ennio Ripamonti, Davide Boniforti. Pencils of Social Animation (first 5 chapters, up to p. 64)

-"Social Animation" Magazine No. 33/2020 from p. 28 to 41. Online handouts will be provided

- "Beyond the crisis. Possible changes in social and health services" Franca Olivetti Manoukian. From p. 67 to p. 110. Online handouts will be provided

Teaching methods

The lessons will focus on an explanation part of the main reference theories and a practice of collaborative techniques through the involvement of students.

Assessment methods and criteria

The method of evaluation of the objectives achieved will be through a WRITTEN exam (multiple choice quiz) with n. 30 questions, which will cover all the topics covered during the lessons, seminars and in the bibliography, to evaluate the study and learning of theoretical/practical notions.

The test lasts 1 hour.

Each question is worth 1 point, for a maximum total of 30 points.

The student must answer all the questions.

For Erasmus students and with special needs the duration of the test will be 1h and 20 minutes

Other information

Students are received by appointment (by email contact) or in presence at the beginning or at the end of the lessons of the module.