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Juridical Sociology and Sociology of Deviance and Social Change
First semester
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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course aims to introduce the student to the main topics of the sociology of deviance, expecially related into the social work. Crime and deviance will be analyzed trought the evolution of the sociology. The lessons will be focused on social work practices in criminal justice.

Course contents summary

The lessons will address the issue of social control and the criminal justice models. Particular attention will be given to the role of social work in the context of criminal justice. The lesons will be focused on the relationship between social service and criminal justice for juvenile delinquency. The last part of the course will consider the interactive processes involved in juvenile justice context, with particular reference to penal mediation between author and victim of the crime.

Course contents


Recommended readings


D. SCARSCELLI, G. VIDONI, La devianza. Teorie e politiche di controllo, Roma, Carocci, 2008.
F. PRINA, Gang giovanili: Perché nascono, chi ne fa parte, come intervenire, Il Mulino, 2019.
G. TRAMONTANO, D. BARBA, La mediazione penale minorile, Carocci, Roma, 2017.

Suggested book: V. Parrella, Almarina, EInaudi, 2020.

Other bibliography will be shared during the classes, depending on the students' curiosity.

Teaching methods

Lectures and workshops seminars.       In the first part, oriented to theoretical and basic concepts of the discipline, will be used primarily traditional lessons ; in the second part the course will be completed with exercises and discussions by videos and other materials. The final part of the course will be devoted to some workshops about some relevant subjects, such as: criminal policies in the treatment of juvenile delinquency, the use of illegal drugs , forms of mediation, in the relationship between the legal and the welfare system, and so on.

Assessment methods and criteria

Final assessment includes a written exam consisting of 12 multiple-choiches and 3 open-ended questions, related to the whole program. The exam will last 90 minutes.

   The examination will focus on the following areas of learning: Knowledge and understanding (knowledge and understanding) of the issues and topics ; • Knowledge and understanding applied (applying knowledge and understanding) to social services, in particular by the theoretical learning applied with seminars and tutorials; • Making judgments (making Judgements), in particular providing interpretative hypothesis and personal reflections on the various issues presented during the course; • Communication skills (communication skills) of the student: he knows how to describe the learning • Ability to learn, retain and develop the learning, even in a personal way. The criteria of evaluation will be the clearness, the critical remarks and the personal considerations.