Comparative Social Systems

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
SPS/07
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims at providing suitable theoretical and analytical tools for the analysis of comparative social systems according to the main scientific approaches. Particular attention will be devoted to the main authors who have systematically dealt with concepts such as structure and social system and reflected on the interactions existing among different levels (macro vs. micro). Moreover, the comparison among different social systems will also focus on new issues such as those related to the field of migration, unemployment, and cultural diversity through a wide-ranging overview on a number of systemic variables (structural, relational, discursive, etc.) which play a crucial role in influencing actors' attitudes and conducts.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, will have pursued:
1. General competences
Knowledge and understanding of the main sociological approaches for the comparative study of social systems. Critical understanding of the main concepts related to the study of social systems (such as, inter alia, structure, system, order, episteme, habitus and structuration). Understanding of the effects of social systems on actors' attitudes and behaviours and of the restructuring of the system thanks to the agents themselves.
2. Specific competences
Understanding of the fields of migration, unemployment and cultural diversity through a comparative empirical study of social systems within a wide range of countries characterized by specific "opportunity structures".
Course syllabus and organization

A-K

Lesson period
Third trimester
Unità didattica 1
SPS/07 - GENERAL SOCIOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unità didattica 2
SPS/07 - GENERAL SOCIOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unità didattica 3
SPS/07 - GENERAL SOCIOLOGY - University credits: 1002
Lessons: 20 hours

L-Z

Responsible
Lesson period
Third trimester
Emergency Remote Teaching
The lessons will be held online, both asynchronously and synchronously, using Microsoft Teams, on the basis of the instructions provided at the beginning of the class and according to the class' timetable. Lessons will be recorded and made available on the same platform also to students non-attending the course. The code of Teams' channel where students will attend the course will be communicated before the beginning of the III trimester on Ariel website of Comparative Social Systems.
Prerequisites for admission
Prerequisites for admission
No specific prerequisite is required.
Teaching methods
Teaching Methods
The course foresees frontal lessons and, where possible, seminars and discussions with experts and observers (even in case of on-line learning through Microsoft Teams). Students are invited to actively participate with questions both during synchronous lessons and on-line forum and group discussions on Teams and/or Ariel.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Assessment Methods and Criteria
The final exam consists in a written test whose results will be evaluated along the scale 18-30. Students are required to show the achievement of an adequate understanding of the key-concepts, authors, theories and phenomena dealt with during the lessons and a critical capacity to re-elaborate them. Students attending the course will have the chance to participate to 2 intermediate tests: one at the end of module I and II and a final one at the end of module III. In order to get a finale grade, students attending the course who decide to participate to the intermediate tests should pass both tests.
Unità didattica 1
SPS/07 - GENERAL SOCIOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Santoro Monica
Unità didattica 2
SPS/07 - GENERAL SOCIOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Santoro Monica
Unità didattica 3
SPS/07 - GENERAL SOCIOLOGY - University credits: 1002
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Massari Monica
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