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Didactic period
Primo Semestre

Training objectives

a) Knowledge on discipline
• Learn the fundamentals of the sociological approach to health and well-being;
• Know the main sociological orientations in the field of health and care, with particular attention to the development of the discipline in Italy;
• Know the debate on definitions of health;
• Deepen the field of organizational and professional care;
• Deepen the issues of self-care, health promotion and education to care;
• Deepen the field of health communication and its social implications.

b) Know how and capabilities
• Develop skills on methods of education and self-education to health;
• Develop skills on health promotion and communication processes;
• Develop skills on the professionalization processes in the field of educational, social and health care.

c) Soft skills
• Develop a personal point of view and argued on some relevant issues in the field of sociology of health;
• Develop analytical skills and exposure on social and health-specific issues;
• Develop ability to use contemporary sociological research in the field of sociology of health;
• Develop capacity to draw up a report on a practical experience in the field of health and care.


Knowledge of the main sociological theories and methodologies.

Course programme

• Basic knowledge of the main theories and sociological analysis related to the sociology of health;
• Knowledge of the development of the discipline in Italy (main places, authors and application fields);
• Knowledge of the debate on the definition of health;
• Practices, relationships, professions and organizations of care;
• Collaboration between educational care and health care;
• The perspective of health promotion and self-care education;
• The health communication: fields and applications.

Didactic methods

Conventional (lectures, external exercises and group works); will be organized seminars and exercises whose participation will be evaluated for the purpose of final evaluation; the teacher makes available on the website of the course the learning materials and power point presentations used during the course. The course is available in streaming and FAD.

Learning assessment procedures

Written examination: 3 open questions on the contents and learning objectives of the course (about 2 pages long each) to carry out in 2 hours. Judging criteria of responses are those of the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of the displayed content. The results of the exercises (aimed at developing the skills of type b and c) will be taken into account in determining the outcome of the final exam.

Reference texts

1 – Ingrosso M., a cura, La salute per tutti. Un’indagine sulle origini della sociologia della salute in Italia, Franco Angeli, Milano, 2015.
2 – Ingrosso M., La cura complessa e collaborativa. Ricerche e proposte di sociologia della cura, II edizione, Aracne, Roma, 2018.

For attendings the text parts to bring to the exam are:
Text 1: Part I: all; Part II: all the articles on Local Area (da I a VIII); Authors and anthological paper): Alberto Melucci, Franca Pizzini, Willem Tousijn, Marco Ingrosso, Achille Ardigò, + one by free choice.
Text 2: all.

For not attendings the text parts to bring to the exam are:
Text 1:. as attendings+Author Giovanna Vicarelli (article and anthological paper)
Text 2: as attendings.

PAY ATTENTION: this program is valid for a year, until February 2020.