cod. 1011733

Academic year 2023/24
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Sociologia generale (SPS/07)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
6 hours
of face-to-face activities
1 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Integrated course unit module: CARE, SOCIETY AND POLITICS

Learning objectives

At the end of the course, the students should have acquired knowledge and skills related to the sociological aspects of the topic of caregiving. In particular, they should be able to:
- acquire and understand basic sociological notions and principles of caregiving, starting from contemporary sociological literature,
- acquire and understand some of the main theories and methodological tools of the social sciences with which the topic of caregiving is approached,
- apply the acquired knowledge in reading and interpreting contemporary social phenomena associated with caregiving,
- communicate and discuss sociological issues related to caregiving, in a critical way and with an appropriate academic language, by reading both academic and non-academic sources.



Course unit content

As part of the broader module 'Care, Society and Politics', this part of the module is aimed to provide basic conceptual, theoretical and methodological tools to deal with the study and analysis of contemporary social phenomena associated with the theme of caregiving and specifically: caregivers’ profiles, the difficulties they encounter, the care relationship and the relationship with family members, but also doctors and socio-sanitary professionals.

Full programme

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The teaching material for both attending and non-attending students will include compulsory readings (and suggestions for further study) indicated by the lecturer during the course, coherently with the credits awarded for this part of the module (maximum 50 pages). The slides used during the lectures are an integral part of the teaching materials. They will be uploaded by the lecturer on the Elly platform, following each lecture and within the same week,. None of the materials provided may be shared outside unipr (on sites such as StuDocu, Docsity, etc.), except with the lecturers' permission.

Teaching methods

The teaching activities will be conducted in Italian and will include:
- face-to-face lectures, with the aid of slides, videos and other teaching materials,
- classroom discussions aimed to verify students’ on-going learning and to stimulate the application of the acquired knowledge in the interpretation of contemporary social phenomena associated with caregiving,
All lectures will be held in the classroom, unless otherwise indicated. They will begin and end punctually, as indicated in the relevant timetable, unless otherwise indicated.

Assessment methods and criteria

Both attending and non-attending students will be required to take an exam in Italian. It will be a unique written exam for the whole integrated module. It will consist of a 120-minute examination with 6 open questions: 3 for the first part of the module, 1 for the following three parts.
Students will have to demonstrate they have learned and understood notions, concepts, theories of caregiving, the sociology of care, the transnational dimension of care and the historical and political evolution of the concept of care. They will also have to demonstrate the ability to apply their knowledge through examples and to discuss them with different target audiences, by using an appropriate academic language. The evaluation will be carried out on a scale between 18 to 30, based on a weighted average for the total credits. In order to pass the exam, students will have to pass each of the four parts of the integrated module. Honours will be awarded to students whose score is 30 for each of the questions and who can demonstrate their mastery of the discipline and the capacity to discuss the relevant topics also by means of interdisciplinary connections. The results of the exam will be published on the Esse3 portal within 2 weeks. The lecturers will be available for an appointment to discuss the outcome of the exam.

Other information

The lecturers are available for questions regarding the respective parts of the integrated module. They can be contacted by e-mail with written questions and/or to request an appointment. For the academic year 2023\2024, the lecturers will meet students on the days/times indicated on the respective lecturer’s page.
For the lecturer Michela Semprebon's, appointments can be scheduled either at her office - address indicated on the lecturer's page) or via the Teams platform. The lecturer strongly encourages both non-attending students and Erasmus students to contact her at the beginning of the course or at their earliest convenience for specific questions. All students are invited to register on the Elly platform and to regularly read the communications posted by the lecturer (programmes, materials, etc.).