Naples, a degree course built with the realities of the third sector (27/09/2022)

The course aims to train experts in the analysis and management of social innovation and has the social economy as its main professional outlet, with specific reference to the areas of social inclusion, civil and cultural promotion and improvement, territorial qualification in ecological sustainability.. “This course”, continues Pirone, “is created to cover the need of the third sector to innovate and renew its organizational models and to train professionals with skills in the social economy and able to face the transformations that the sector faced in recent years. year”.

The particularity of this master’s degree lies precisely in his process of construction, or rather, of co-design: «We developed it», continues Pirone, «together with a number of significant actors in the area, but also together with national realities in the world of social innovation, above all the Con il Sud Foundation».

Among others: Something different, Trerrote, L’Orsa Maggiore, ItalianInstitute for the Future, IF-ImparareFare, Masters of the road, Banco Di Napoli Foundation, Italian Corps of San Lazzaro, Massimo Leone Foundation, Dream Team, CGIL Campania, Se. Po.Fà, Twoplustwo, Dedalus, Consorzio Co.Re., Con il Sud Foundation, L’Altra Napoli Onlus, Cooperativa Lazzarelle.

Nonprofits and hybrid organizations will face a real revolution in the coming years. The social model and the traditional business model struggle to respond to social needs. The third sector, on the other hand, can do it. Community foundations, social cooperatives are a concrete answer. And for this it is necessary Moving towards organizations that are increasingly able to mix elements of non-profit and elements of profit companies.

The course focuses on three areas: that of sociology, that of the social sciences and that of economics and management. It aims to provide scientifically based training in the most up-to-date academic research and empirically validated through concrete social experiences, projects and practices. The learning activity integrates theoretical lessons with application experiences, comparisons between academics and external experts, accompanying students to accompany themselves to the practical test with scientific research, teaching laboratories, project work and concrete research intervention experiences.

This integration between theory and practice was possible thanks to the extensive network of collaboration with organizations that participated in the definition of the training project and that accompany the development of the course, participating in teaching through collaboration in project work and the construction of internships. Training programs provided in the study plan.

The Master’s course in Social Innovation is integrated with the Federica Web Learning Freemium Degree in Social Innovation. This innovative tool allows you to follow an entire course in MOOC format for free and online in asynchronous mode (Massive open online courses). For those already enrolled in Federico II, freemium degrees represent a double possibility of study (online In the to the campus) deepen their studies and prepare for the exams; for those not yet enrolled in university, the freemium degrees are a means of starting to familiarize themselves with real university courses, albeit at a distance. You can then study online through content designed specifically for the web.

The course also tries to innovate the teaching staff, through the adoption of web-based learning methodologies and technologies, in an academic course that integrates the physical classrooms of Federico II with the virtual ones of Federica Web Learning. It is a format that already represents a social innovation in itself: all the courses are designed to be integrated with the MOOCs of the Federica Web Learning Platform for anyone interested. Integrated digital education offers a collaborative way of studying and learning, both to those who have to enter the world of work, and to professionals who are already working there. The digital part of the courses is actually open to everyone, free and accessible on demand at any time.

To date, there are approximately 50 students enrolled for each academic year. “A good result considering that we left in 2020 in the middle of the health emergency due to the coronavirus,” adds Pirone. “But we already have clear development perspectives: On the one hand, to grow the community of third sector issues even more within research structures, they will find their home in the interdisciplinary laboratory of social innovation, to develop projects of social entrepreneurship and development. area. And then we aim for internationalization, to push the evolution of Erasmus and the Aurora project. It is essential to strengthen international mobility projects”.

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