. – Sociology of Training Policies PROF.SSA MARIAGRAZIA SANTAGATI Text under revision. Not yet approved by academic staff. COURSE AIMS This course is intended to present an analysis of training policies, highlighting the specific ways in which sociology has contributed to the planning and governance of educational processes. It will focus particularly on the changes of the social demand for education-training and on changes to the system which regulates the provision of education, taking into account policies at local, national and international level. COURSE CONTENT Considerations of the following aspects will be developed during the course: – changes to training scenarios: towards poly-centrism and lifelong learning; – the “capabilities approach” applied to the analysis of public policies in the training field, according to human development; – focus on training in the knowledge society, referring particularly to the European Union’s political project for learning; – various thematic points regarding policies for combatting early withdrawal from school; training policies for foreign nationals; the role of the professional training and education system; lifelong learning interpreted as a tool for growth and innovation in business and in the regions. READING LIST Compulsory texts M. COLOMBO, Early school leavers. Dispersione scolastica e politiche per il successo formativo, Erickson, Trento, 2010. M. SANTAGATI, Formazione chance di integrazione. Gli adolescenti stranieri nel sistema di istruzione e fomazione professionale, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2011. G. LAZZARINI (ET AL.), Creatività e innovazione in azienda. Elementi per aggredire la crisi, Il Sole 24 ore, Milano, 2014. TEACHING METHOD The course will be taught through teaching units with materials which will be uploaded to the Blackboard platform (URL: http://blackboard.unicatt.it). Along with the compulsory set texts, the slides will be an integral part of the materials to be studied for the exam. Furthermore, annotated reading lists will be provided during the course, along with instructions for the written essay. ASSESSMENT METHOD The exam consists of an oral discussion on the themes covered during the course. This will be preceded by a written essay, the topic of which must be agreed upon with the lecturer. The written essay must be sent by e-mail to the lecturer at least 7 days prior to the date of the student’s chosen exam session. NOTES Further information can be found on the lecturer's webpage at http://docenti.unicatt.it/web/searchByName.do?language=ENG or on the Faculty notice board.