JURIDICAL SOCIOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY OF SOCIAL CHANGE
Learning outcomes of the course unit
at the end of the course, students will be able to recognise the different normative messages produced by society and to acknoledge differences and continuities between social and legal norms.
In addition, they will be able to locate in contemporary societies the work of different and sometimes conflicting legal systems (local, national and supranational, informal and formal). With regard to formation and implementation of law, students should be able to identify the various institutional and organizational influences that shape the content of norms and their application.These skills will be further refined in the second part of the course through their application to the study of families and children. Students will be able to grasp the influences of law on the structural and relational changes of contemporary families, on parenthood and childhood
Course contents summary
In the first part of the course students will learn about some key topics in the sociology of law: normativity and law in a sociological perspective; the legal culture; the formation and implementation of legal norms; legal pluralism. In the second part, it will be adressed the topic of the legal regulation of families and children's rights.
Cottino A. (ed) Lineamenti di sociologia del diritto, Zanichelli, Bologna, 2016
Students can choose a book among the ones listed below:
Pocar V., Ronfani P., La famiglia e il diritto, Laterza, Bari, 2008
Scivoletto C. (a cura di), Tempo e fiducia. L’affido eterofamiliare del minore, Carocci, Roma, 2013
Maggioni G., Polini B., Quadrelli I., Vincenti A., Scene da una separazione. La mediazione familiare e la regolazione del conflitto di coppia, Franco Angeli, Milano 2017
POCAR V., RONFANI P., Il giudice e i diritti dei minori, Bari-Roma, Laterza, 2004
Further bibliography will be presented during the course
Lectures; discussion of topics and problems; exercices; seminars with professionals in social and legal fields
Assessment methods and criteria
initial formative evaluation (with questionnaire); intermediate evaluation (students' presentations of group work); final evaluation (written final exam with open ended questions)