Unit Sociology of Gender-based Violence

Socioanthropological studies for integration and social security
Study-unit Code
In all curricula
Silvia Fornari
  • Silvia Fornari
  • 54 ore - Silvia Fornari
Course Regulation
Coorte 2021
Learning activities
Discipline sociologiche
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Opzionale (Optional)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
The course aims to:
- provide the theoretical and methodological tools to interpret the issue of gender-based violence, in the light of the transformation of contemporary socio-cultural contexts;
- provide information on the reality of gender-based violence with respect to Italian and world statistics.
Reference texts
1) Bourdie P., Il dominio maschile, Feltrinelli, Milano 2009;
2) Fornari S., Nocenzi M., Ruspini E. (a cura di), “Violenza di genere: l’agency femminile in linee di intervento e buone pratiche”, in Sicurezza e Scienze Sociali, Anno VII, n. 3, settembre-dicembre 2019;
3) Gauchet M., La fine del dominio maschile, Vita e Pensiero, Milano 2019.

Erasmus students:
Bickerstaff L., Lowery Z., Gender-Based Violence and Women's Rights, Rosen Publishing Group, London 2017.
Educational objectives
The course is aimed at the acquisition of:
- socio-cultural knowledge that allows us to interpret and understand the evolution of patriarchal culture and male domination in an integrated and interdisciplinary perspective;
- analytical skills related to the ability to apply acquired knowledge. In particular, it refers to the ability to read and interpret socio-cultural phenomena by carrying out empirical research activities and by reading academic and scientific texts and by analyzing educational materials of various kinds (multimedia and digital).
Ability to synthesize and create thematic and cross-disciplinary links of disciplinary content:
- autonomy of judgment, useful to read critically the most controversial and controversial issues of the discipline, also in relation to the development of public debate, also in order to elaborate and support one's own position supported by arguments.
- communicative, socio-relational and design skills that enable you to work individually and in a group and to communicate the concepts and ideas that are acquired and elaborated in an original way in an adequate and convincing manner. Ability to design innovative and targeted and targeted targeting actions.
- ability to learn to learn: to acquire the ability to continuously implement its knowledge base, making it spendable in the workplace and professional in general.
In order to be able to deepen and develop a critical analysis of the issues that will be addressed in the course, you must know the basics of general sociology.
In specific knowledge concerning: socialization processes, social institutions, social roles and gender concept.
Teaching methods
The course is organized as follows:
- classroom lectures on all subjects of the course;
- supplementary seminars that will be organized by the lecturer or his / her co-ordinators on issues of in-depth study.
Other information
Follow integrative seminars that will be organized by the teacher or by colleagues of the CdS on issues of deepening.
Frequency is strongly recommended but not mandatory.
Learning verification modality
The exam includes an oral and / or exposure of a paper on a specific theme assigned, either autonomously or in groups. The oral exam in a discussion lasting about 15-20 minutes, aimed at ascertaining the level of knowledge and understanding achieved by students on the theoretical and methodological implications mentioned in the program. The questions focus on the program as described by the teacher in the relevant data, taking into account to verify the communication skills of the student / or properties of language and autonomous organization of the exhibition, to the knowledge of the subject, the ability to reason, to the logic of 'argument and learning the method devised by the individual teaching.

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Extended program
- Patriarchal and misogynistic culture in Italy;
- gender culture and socio-cultural problems of social cohesion and integration;
- The condition of women and gender-based violence;
- Data on gender-based violence;
- The victimization process.
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