Academic year
2019/2020 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FM0393 (AF:311949 AR:167154)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
4th Term
Course year
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Social Inclusion policies is included in the "attività caratterizzanti" (characterizing activites) of the master course in Lavoro, Cittadinanza Sociale, Interculturalità (Labour, Social Citizenship and Interculture) and it is related to the following objectives of the master:
- reaching ad advanced knwoledge of features and dynamics of contemporary societies
- an advanced knowledge and understanding of the evolution of European social policies' paradigms.
Knowledge and understanding
The course aims at providing an advanced knowledge on social policies, particularly related to recent welfare state's changes, such as the emergence of new social risks and the austerity policies implemented during the economic crisis which cut the economic resources devoted to welfare state. At the end of the course student will be provided of:
-knowledge and understanding of different social policies' paradigms (keynesian policies, neo-liberism and social investment);
- knowledge and understanding of social innovation and co-production and of their main applications in actual social interventions;

Capacity of applying knowledge and understanding
After the course student will be able to:
-critically analyse contemporary social policies;
-identify strengths and weaknesses of Social Investment approach including its actual implementation in Italy and other European countries
-identify the fundamental elements of a social innovative policy or practice;

In order to reach these goals, moments where students discuss on readings previously prepared will be scheduled: professor assigns readings to students who will present to the class. Moreover, students will be asked to prepare a presentation on social innovation projects, either existent projects or projects designed by students themselves. Students will use indicators in order to analyse or to design the innovation elements in the projects. If students present already existent projects they should highlight their strengths and weaknesses; if they design a new project, presenting students should argue about its efficacy and sustainability in the long term (other students will be asked to discuss the presentation).
Students should have a basic knowledge of the functioning of the welfare state and of the main social policies.
Social Investment approach as an alternative of both keynesian policies and neo-liberism; Social Innovation approach and co-production in the field of Social Policies and it application in the field of social work.
N.Morel, B.Palier e J.Palme Towards a Social Investment Welfare State? 2012 Policy Press, University of Bristol chapters 1,2,3,6,13,14.
Ascoli U., Ranci C. Sgritta G. 2015 Investire nel sociale. La difficile innovazione del welfare italiano. Da studiare: Introduzione, Parte prima (I servizi per la prima infanzia), Parte quarta (L'edilizia pubblica e sociale); Conclusioni.
Murray et al. (eds), 2010, The Open Book of Social Innovation (2010) Section 1 The process of Social Innovation (the book is uploaded in Italian and English on the moodle platform).
Two papers (20 pages each) which will be uploaded on moodle at the beginning of the course in March 2020.

For deepeing (not mandatory)
Mannozzi G. e Lodigiani G.A. 2015 Giustizia riparativa. Ricostruire legami, ricostruire persone, Bologna, Il Mulino.
Moulaert F., Mac Callum D., Mehmood A., Hamdouch A. 2015, The International Handbook on Social Innovation. Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research, Edward Elgar Publishing (Part I).
Hemerijc A. (ed) 2017, The uses of Social Investment, Oxford University Press, (Part I e II).

Some of the materials uploaded on moodle are mandatory in order to do the exam. Students are invited to link at moodle (there are not key for accessing the platform).
Paper (6 pages) to be uploaded in moodle at least 3 days before the exam. Students can choose among some topics that you find in the moodle platform (ppt file uploaded on moodle about the presentation of the course). It counts for 45% of the exams.
A brief oral (3 questions). It counts for 55% of the exam.
I will consider the active participation during classes and the accomplishment of assigned exercises.
During the course there will be some lectures and some workshop where students are invited to present reading and discuss on issues related to the course objectives. During the course experts will be invited for discussing specific issues related to the course. At the beginning of the course a detailed calendar of the classes will be given.

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Poverty and inequalities" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

This programme is provisional and there could still be changes in its contents.
Last update of the programme: 20/04/2020