In recent years, the degree course has set up transregional research and teaching projects, whereby lecturers visit other institutions and students engage in lectures in English, French and Portuguese.
In particular, recent academic years have seen the establishment of intense collaboration with Brazil and France, and of new projects with the United Kingdom.
To give a specific example: a collaborative project was set up with UFRGDS in Porto Alegre (Universitade Federal Rio Grande do Sul) made possible by lecturer and student mobility within the Overworld programme (2016/17; 2018/19), comprising projects that involved students in developing experimental theses. An international cooperation project was launched (“Laboratorio Italo-Brasiliano”) with UFF – Universidade Federale di Niteroi – Rio de Janeiro) in partnership with the Emilia-Romagna Region and the University of Bologna; a collaborative project was launched with IRTS in Caen, Basse Normandie (France) for student/lecturer mobility in order to set up experimental forms of group apprenticeship dedicated to local social research-action projects, with a particular additional focus, in this case, on developing experimental master’s theses.
To reinforce the international dimension of the teaching and research, and to increase the incoming mobility of foreign lecturers, the University of Parma has drawn up teaching contracts with high-profile lecturers from other universities. These lecturers have the status of “Visiting Professor”. In the academic year 2016/2017 the second-cycle degree course in Social Services Planning and Management introduced the “Community Welfare: international models and experiences” course taken by visiting professor Prof. Ricardo Burg Ceccim from the Universitade Federal Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). In academic year 2018/19, a new collaborative project with the University of Winchester, UK, opened up a new visiting professorship for Prof. SCALIA Vincenzo , who delivers a course on “Prison and Deviance: dynamics of social control and processes of criminalisation ” .