Management in social work
Examination regulations, assessment and grading
1.The Faculty Council, following the proposal of the competent Course Council, establishes the examination regulations in order to achieve an objective and fair assessment of the appropriate knowledge and skills of the students permitting the prosecution of their academic career.
2. Only enrolled students may be admitted to examinations.
3. Within each exam session, regularly enrolled students can sit as many examinations as they are entitled to through course attendance, in line with degree course programme regulation.
4. By passing examinations or other testing, students acquire the established educational credits.
5. Committee for credit-awarding examinations is appointed by the Faculty Dean and chaired by the official professor in charge of the course or, if established, by the course co-ordinator. Members of academic staff belonging to a similar or the scientific field, or, when necessary, post-graduate students so appointed by the Faculty Board, following fixed criteria may qualify for membership of a Committee. Committee operates with a minimum of at least two members, one of them being the official professor of the course the Committee refers to. If necessary, more than one Committee can simultaneously be working on the same credit-awarding examination, each being chaired by a professor belonging to the same or similar discipline. The President of the Committee records examinations and their results.
6. Results of one examination are expressed as a fraction of 30. In order to pass an examination, a minimum of 18/30 is required. The Committee may unanimously decide for a mention of distinction (lode).
7. The Dean prepares a timetable for credit-awarding examination, in accordance with provisions of the Organizing Regulation of the Faculty.
8. Each course provides students with at least six dates, distributed during the academic year, in which they can take examinations.
9. Examinations performed in oral form are open to the public.
Profile of the programme
The second-cycle degree in “Management in Social Work” is designed to train professionals who, in addition to working with people seeking social services, can plan, organize, and manage social and health services, supervise work teams, and coordinate performances and staff involved in such services.
The second-cycle degree is structured in two modules.
In addition to a common core of training activities, student can choose a specific area of specialization. The first module, “Organization and Management of Social Services”, focuses on work/organizational issues and aims to develop the knowledge and skills relating to the organizational, economic, social and legal framework within which social work interventions need to be developed.
The second module, “Social policies for families”, aims to provide knowledge and skills in the field of social work techniques to be adopted in complex situations, particularly regarding family policies, which are of crucial importance in a context of great social change.
Admission to the Master’s degree course requires a three-year degree or another qualification obtained in Italy or abroad and recognised as adequate in this regard. Other training and cultural requirements may be required according to the University’s Academic Regulations.
The candidate’s personal preparation will be assessed by means of methods which will be described in the academic regulations for the course.
Key learning outcomes
The objective of the “Social Services Planning and Management” Master Degree course is to educate a professional who, in addition to skills in working with the public utilizing the social services, is able to plan, organise and manage social and health-care services, direct work groups, and coordinate the services provided and the staff employed for such services.
The Master Degree course consists of two syllabi.
Though there is a core of subjects common to both syllabi, students can choose a specific area for in-depth studies. One is more oriented towards work and organisational issues, while the other focuses more on the field of social services, with special regard to social policies for families.
The first syllabus, “Social Services Organisation and Management”, was designed with the objective of developing knowledge and skills related to the organisational, economic, social and legal framework within which social service intervention plans are developed.
The second syllabus, “Social Policies for Families,” was designed with the objective of developing knowledge and skills regarding specific social service techniques applied in complex situations, and with particular regard to family policies, which are seen as crucial in these times of great social change.
The assessment of academic results is based on intermediate and/or final, written and/or oral examinations, on the subjects and additional activities within the syllabus, in addition to the final examination.
With regard to the specialist social assistant profile (as described in section A of the Social Assistants’ Professional Association), the course is designed to train professionals who, in addition to working with the public utilizing social services, are able to plan, organise and manage social and heath-care services, direct work groups and coordinate the services provided and the staff employed for such services.
Knowledge and understanding
Master degree graduates will have acquired advanced knowledge of social service methods and techniques and detailed knowledge of the methodological, organizational and legislative aspects of the social service system. They will be skilled in the use of specific social research methods and techniques, and they will have acquired an excellent capacity in the analysis and interpretation of social phenomena.
These comprehension skills and knowledge will be acquired by attending frontal lessons, practical work sessions and seminars, by means of individual study (both guided and self-directed) in the area of the subjects of the course, with special reference to social service topics, political sciences, law, sociology and political economics.
The acquired skills will be assessed by means of written and oral examinations, and by writing and discussing theoretical-practical papers on the assigned themes.
Applying knowledge and understanding
Master’s degree graduates will have coordination and research planning skills in the areas of social structure, legislation and social intervention. They will be able to apply theoretical knowledge to the functioning of complex societies. They will have detailed knowledge of the methods and techniques used to supervise social work. They will possess the methodological skills need to process social services data.
Great attention will be devoted to writing papers on specific social problems, discussing social service cases and social policy issues in the classroom, retrieving and using literature references related to empirical field research and conducting individual and/or team projects.
Assessment will involve the evaluation of problem-solving activities and papers on various subjects in which students will demonstrate their critical independence and their mastery of the methodological tools used specifically in areas of social policy.
Master’s Degree graduates will be able to analyze social problems with total independence of judgement; they will be skilled in using methodological techniques for verifying their interpretation of a situation, and in planning and coordinating social work in the local environment.
These skills shall be acquired by means of critical reflection in the classroom, and discussions amongst students and with professors on research cases presented in lessons and seminars.
The degree of students’ independence in evaluation will be performed by assessing their degree of independence, their practical capacity both individually and in team work, their work during seminars and internships, and during their preparation for the final examination.
Graduates shall be able to choose methods for detailed study independently and with full responsibility, regarding both their continuation of studies (second-level Master’s degree, research doctorates or equivalent international qualifications) and specific professional opportunities.
Learning skills will be acquired during the course as a whole, and they will be particularly developed during the preparation of individual research projects on social services themes, and by means of analytical, critical papers on the work-experience courses and internships.
Learning skills shall be assessed by means of in-course testing during study, and by means of tutoring activities for individual work-experience courses and internship projects. Learning skills will also be assessed with regard to work performed in preparing for the final examination.
Master degree graduates will have acquired advanced communication and interaction skills with regards to the many professionals with whom they will interact within the scientific community and in their professional environment. In order to reach these objectives, they will use interpersonal and media communication tools, and techniques for information management, including digital data management and processing.
Written and oral communication skills will be developed during training activities requiring the student’s active involvement, by writing and orally presenting papers and documents and presenting texts and documents suggested by the teacher, as well as by writing and discussing the final paper.
Communication skills will be assessed by evaluating discussion amongst students on specific case histories. These discussions will be conducted with the assistance of professors and internship supervisors.
Final examination, if any
The final examination consists in writing a paper, whose subject will be the critical analysis of a service and of its structures, identifying problem areas and drafting an intervention project. The paper will be discussed for the dissertation.