cod. 1011314

Academic year 2023/24
1° year of course - First semester
- Elisa ZOBBI
Academic discipline
Pedagogia generale e sociale (M-PED/01)
Scienze propedeutiche
Type of training activity
32 hours
of face-to-face activities
4 credits
hub: -
course unit

Integrated course unit module: PEDAGOGY

Learning objectives

The course aims to achieve the following goals, in line with the “Dublin descriptors”:

1. To know the basic terminology of education and pedagogy, as well as the main concepts of theory of education and social pedagogy.
2. To know, understand, critically analyse, and elaborate the concepts, linking themes, authors, and trends.
3. To connect theories to cases of educational work, with reference to professional educator.
4. To analyse educational programs – both at the individual and group level – with reference to professional educator.
5. To communicate, in oral form – at the individual and group level – their knowledge and thoughts on educational issues.



Course unit content

The course will try to make students familiar with the pedagogical glance, debating themes about general and social pedagogy, analysing specific language of Educational sciences, and reflecting about pedagogical tools, in connection with references theories and main areas of application.
In particular, the following topics will be addressed:
1. The main pedagogical models and trends developed during the Twentieth Century, identifying the salient topic, and dealing with some reference authors.
2. The educational relationship, according to the epistemic paradigm of Educational sciences.
3. The educational planning, in relation with professional educator.
4. The educational needs expressed by social communities, especially those linked to the current polycentric conformation of the educational system, to cultural changes, and social inequalities.

Full programme

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The texts required to take the exam are:

1. Felini D. (2020). Teoria dell’educazione. Un’introduzione. Roma: Carocci.

2. Tramma S. (2010). Pedagogia sociale. Milano: Guerini Scientifica.

3. Felini D. (2022). Letture di pedagogia. Un percorso antologico. Roma: Carocci.

4. EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS available on the Elly platform

Teaching methods

The course consists of a “learning environment”, prepared by the teacher and composed of several elements:
- Lectures.
- Paper and digital texts, to be prepared individually, also through the exercises that will be assigned.
- Classroom and/or on the Elly platform workshops.

Assessment methods and criteria

The final evaluation will take place through an oral examination.

The questions concern the concepts of general and social pedagogy, in relation to conceptions, authors, and trends; moreover, connections between theories and cases of educational work are evaluated.

The examination that shows, with proper language and terminology, the understanding of the basic concepts of general and social pedagogy is considered sufficient. The elements that will define a score higher than sufficiency are: appropriate references to authors and trends; connection or comparison between different theories; application of theory to practice (and vice versa); the reflective, critical-argumentative, and analytical skills in order to compare different theories, authors, and practices.
Therefore, the evaluation criteria considered are the following:
1. Correct use of pedagogical language.
2. Knowledge of texts and the connection between them.
3. Reflective, critical-argumentative, analytical, and comparative skills.

Other information

The professor receives, by appointment, at the end of class, from 1.30 pm, at the location where the class is held (see Alternatively, on Tuesday mornings, by appointment, from 9 am to 11 am, at Borgo Carissimi, 10 (Parma), Third Floor, Education Unit (Univerity of Parma, Borgo Carissimi Centre).