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Sociology of the Environment/QOL Module (Giampaolo Nuvolati)

Faculty of Sociology

University of Milan – Bicocca

(Milan, ITALY)

Prof. Giampaolo Nuvolati



First and second week (12 hours per week)

– Definition of the concept of quality of life

– Needs theory and quality of life

– Schemes useful to frame the concept of quality of life: Allardt, Zapf, Galtung e Wirak

– Functionings, capabilities and the quality of life: Sen

– Quality of life in the urban context

– Environment and quality of life

– Urban development program, socioeconomic marginality and the quality of life

– How to measure quality of life: objective and subjective approaches

– The main sources for data on quality of life in Italy

– Validity and reliability of the data

– Types of social indicators

– From indicators to general indexes

– The results of the research on quality of life in the world

– The results of the research on quality of life in Italy

– Quality of life and socio-economic development in Italy


Third and fourth week (12 hours per week)

– Technology, spatial mobility and quality of life in the post-modern society (Giddens, Bauman, Beck)

– The transformation of the city and the new metropolitan populations: megalopolis and Ville à la carte

– Definition and characteristics of inhabitants, commuters, city users and businessmen

– The city and the new flâneurs

– Spatial, economic, cultural and fiscal conflicts between residents and non residents

– How to measure new metropolitan populations: ecological and survey data

– Time-space mobility, living styles and quality of life

– Time public policies and quality of life

– Exercise: research project on quality of life

– Exercise: basic statistical analysis on quality of life data

– Exercise: collection and analysis of data and information on quality of life in Internet

Main texts:

– Nuvolati, G. (1998). La qualità della vita delle città. Metodi e risultati delle ricerche comparative. Milano: Franco Angeli.

– Nuvolati, G. (2002). Popolazioni in movimento, città in trasformazione. Bologna: il Mulino.

– Nuvolati, G. (2003). Socioeconomic Development and Quality of Life in Italy, in M. Joseph Sirgy, D. Rahtz, and A.C. Samli (ed.), Advances in Quality-of-Life Theory and Research.. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 81-98.