cod. 14474

Academic year 2024/25
1° year of course - First semester
Damiano FELINI
Academic discipline
Pedagogia generale e sociale (M-PED/01)
Discipline pedagogiche e metodologico-didattiche
Type of training activity
60 hours
of face-to-face activities
12 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

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.
2.1. To critically analyze and elaborate the concepts studied, linking themes, authors and trends.
2.2. To connect theories to cases of educational work, analyzed and understood with the specific conceptual tools of the discipline.
4. To communicate in writing their knowledge and thoughts on educational issues.



Course unit content

The course explores some fundamental themes of general and social pedagogy, introducing the student to know the terminology, key concepts, some reference theories, and the main areas of application.
In particular, the following topics will be addressed:
1) the main pedagogical models and trends developed over the last fifty years, identifying the salient characteristics and dealing with some reference authors;
2) the educational relation, according to the epistemic paradigm of the Educational sciences;
3) the educational needs expressed in social communities, especially those linked to the modern polycentric conformation of the educational system, to cultural change, and social inequalities.

Full programme


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Attention! The program is the same for students who attend and who do not attend the lessons.

Teaching methods

The course consists of a "learning environment", prepared by the teacher and composed of several elements:
1. lectures;
2. paper and digital texts (see Bibliography), to be prepared individually, also through the exercises that will be assigned;
3. “IDEA” lectures, advised for the students who never studied human sciences at the high school;
4. a seminar in preparation of the written exam, offered by Livia Fugalli and Elisa Zobbi.

Assessment methods and criteria

The final evaluation will take place through a written examination. There is no mid-term evaluation.
The exam consists of three or four open questions, with 10-20 lines for the answers.
It is considered sufficient the examination in which one shows, with linguistic and terminological properties, to have understood the fundamental concepts. The appropriate reference to authors and currents, the connection or comparison between different theories, and the application of theory to practice (and the other around) are elements that make up a score higher than sufficiency. The correction criteria for the open-ended answers are the following: linguistic properties; knowledge; reflection, analysis, application; references; argumentation.
The overall score of the exam is calculated through the weighted arithmetic mean of the scores achieved in each open question, using specific weighting coefficients (WCs) and provided that all scores are at least equal to 18.
For example
- answer A 15/30 (WC=3), answer B 28/30 (WC=2) = not passed.
- answer A 22/30 (WC=3), answer B 28/30 (WC=2) = passed with the score of 25/30.
If the examination is not passed even in a single part, it must be repeated in full.

Other information

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