The aim of the course is to analyze the main current classical and contemporary sociological adopting an analytical perspective of the educational process focused on the social aspect of education, beyond the issues related to education.

At the end of the course the student:
- has become familiar with the basic concepts of the sociology of education and knows the different interpretative theories of educational processes, formal and informal, in contemporary society
- is able to orientate himself critically between the different approaches regarding education and sociality in a globalized, technological and multicultural society
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Mutuazione: 22902476-2 SOCIOLOGIA DELL'EDUCAZIONE (L39/40) in Servizio sociale e Sociologia L-40 M - Z RUSPINI PAOLO


The course is divided into two parts: a first general part dedicated to a review of topics pertaining to sociology of education with reference to the construction of social identity in multicultural context and to the processes of primary, secondary and peer socialization; a second monographic part, dedicated to an in-depth study of international migration dynamics and their impact on formal and informal educational processes from a comparative perspective.
Relevant issues in this area are, among others, the second generations of migrants, discrimination in education and work, intercultural competences, the role of transnational networks and migrant diasporas as educational and development agents, intergenerational dialogue and the impact of training / work dynamics on emigration processes. The importance of historical memory and the transmission of knowledge on migration through diversity education facilitate the fight against the problematization of migration and thus allow the initiation of citizenship and naturalization practices appropriate to the new multi-ethnic reality and hybrid identities of transnational migrants. To this end, case studies derived from empirical research on female migration from sub-Saharan Africa to Europe and from the analysis of old and new emigration flows from Italy will be proposed in a comparative perspective.

Lesson themes

Unit 1
Presentation of the course and the theme "Society and education"

Unit 2
Society and education: a theoretical and interpretative framework

Unit 3
Society and education: models of socialization

Unit 4
Identity in the multicultural society

Unit 5
Socialization, inequalities and migration

Unit 6
International migration: a theoretical and empirical framework

Unit 7
Memory and migration: transnational migration networks and diversity education

Unit 8
Interculturality, discrimination and educational processes: the second generations

Unit 9
Female migration from sub-Saharan Africa: gender and participatory paths

Unit 10
“Why are they leaving?”: Italian emigrations

Unit 11
Ethnographic path and course conclusions

Core Documentation

Bibliographic references (attending and non-attending students)

Various teaching materials will be suggested by the lecturer during classes together with ad hoc readings. Others are available online.

General part:

Besozzi, E. (2017), Società, cultura, educazione. Teorie, contesti e processi, Roma: Carocci.

Monographic part:

Koser, K. (2009), Le migrazioni internazionali, Bologna: Il Mulino (Edizione originale: International Migration: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007)

Another text to be chosen from:

Gehnyei, A. M. (2023), Il corpo nero, Roma: Fandango Libri.

Lapov, Z., Campani, G. (2017), Donne africane oltre le frontiere. Percorsi partecipativi in prospettiva di genere, Firenze: Nerbini.

Pugliese, E. (2018), Quelli che se ne vanno. La nuova emigrazione italiana, Bologna: Il Mulino.

Type of delivery of the course

The course aims to solicit curiosity and interest in educational processes, migratory phenomena, cultural diversity and their management through a path of self-reflection and discussion based on bibliographic and audio-visual materials, witness reports and time permitting, a short ethnographic visit to be carried out during classes. Participants will be invited to present their experiences and reflections in order to refine their positions on educational processes, on the perception and reality of contemporary migration, on the role and practices of inclusion and educational policies as well as of the actors involved in their implementation.



Type of evaluation

Oral discussion on the topics of the course during which participation in lectures and the possible presentation of reflections on their experiences in the educational field and in the field of migration and cultural diversity, participation in the ethnographic path, in-depth study of proposed teaching materials and recommended readings will be also evaluated.