Profile of the programme
The First Cycle Degree Course in Educational Sciences is a three-year degree course allowing students to achieve a solid basic knowledge in Educational Sciences by developing interdisciplinary competences at a pedagogical-didactic, juridical, sociological and organizational level for a professional future in educational services and formative institutions.
Admission to the degree course requires a secondary school qualification or a valid certificate obtained abroad and recognized as an equivalent qualification according to the University current legislation. Students are also requested to demonstrate comprehension of written informative/argumentative texts in Italian concerning philosophical, geographical, pedagogical, psychological and sociological topics. Such competences will be tested as established by the Didactic Regulations of the course, which also specifies the methodology to fulfil the gaps for the students failing the test. The Course Regulations can be consulted at the following link: http://sde.unipr.it/cgi-bin/campusnet/documenti.pl/Search?search=categor...
Key learning outcomes
The degree course in Educational Sciences is a three-year first cycle degree course allowing students to achieve the necessary expertise for future professions in the field of educational services and formative institutions, both for public and private bodies. The subjects of the course are divided into the pedagogical and the human sciences areas of study.
The pedagogical area provides a solid basic culture in educational sciences, developing didactic-pedagogical, relational-communicative and organizational competences, which are useful for further studies and for projecting, realizing and evaluating educational services and formative institutions.
The pedagogical subjects are enriched by human sciences competences, especially useful for graduates entering the productive system when having to deal with complex educational contexts. The human sciences area allows students to know and understand the processes leading to the creation of the different investigating areas, the essential elements characterizing the theoretical-conceptual frameworks of the subjects, the various methodological options and the diverse development perspectives in the main research programmes. Such essential background is fundamental for both interpreting the educational phaenomena under a multi-, inter- and trans-disciplinary approach and, above all, for better understanding the nature of such phaenomena.
Students have the possibility to choose among a series of elective subjects related to these two areas, in order to personalise their studying career according to their different interests and attitudes. The course also gives the opportunity to acquire basic linguistic competences and computer skills. Through laboratories and internships, students can develop their technical abilities and their capacity of autonomously dealing with the educational processes, but they can also measure themselves with team-working activities and understand how to learn from experience.
Final examination, if any
The final examination (6 ECTS credits) for obtaining the three-year degree in Educational Sciences includes the discussion of a written thesis on a selected topic previously established with and approved by a supervisor, in coherence with the degree course. In his/her thesis, the candidate must apply the skills and competences acquired during his/her academic career in an autonomous and original way. For particular types of thesis, the candidate is asked to develop his/her studies through an original approach or to conduct theoretical, historical or empirical research on specific subjects of study. Other kinds of thesis require the candidate to critically evaluate his/her argumentations in the light of previous literature; for other types, the candidate can put emphasis on his/her internship experience by analyzing a projective, a supplying or an evaluating tool used in the company of reference.
In all these cases, the candidate must show a clear exposition, good knowledge of the technical language and adequate mastery of theoretical instruments and scientific research methods.