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Second cycle
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Single cycle
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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP5070173, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2015/16

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS2192, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE

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ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses M-DEA/01 Population Studies, Ethnography and Anthropology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: English
Target skills and knowledge: Basic knowledge of the anthropological perspective on cultural diversity, also in relation to psychology; basic knowledge of the approaches to the study of cultural diversity; analysis of intercultural processes.
Examination methods: The exam is written, with open and/or closed questions.
For attending students: possible participation in group-works presented in class will be assessed (details will be provided during the lessons).
Assessment criteria: Understanding and knowledge of the addressed topics.
Course unit contents: The course will introduce the key concepts of cultural anthropology, providing the tools to analyze different approaches to the study of cultural differences critically. Particular attention will be devoted to the most current issues, such as the globalization processes, migrations, and the intercultural relations.
Main topics :
- introduction to cultural anthropology (definitions, theoretical approaches);
- cultures and cultural differences;
- local and global dimensions, borders, contact zones;
- migration processes and intercultural relations;
- languages and communication;
- concept of identity and ethnicity issues.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The presentation of the theoretical frameworks and of the research examples will be combined with students’ group-works and class discussions, in order to develop a critical and reflective approach.
Video material will be used.
Active participation in lessons is desirable.
Additional notes about suggested reading: - Kottak, C.P., Cultural anthropology: Appreciating human diversity (International Edition). New York: McGraw-Hill, 2014 - ISBN: 9781259094910 (chapters n. 1; 2; 3; 5; 6; 12; 14; 15).
- Supplementary and teaching material used in class will be communicated or uploaded on the Moodle platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Kottak, C.P., Cultural anthropology: Appreciating human diversity (International Edition). New York: McGraw-Hill, 2014. ISBN: 9781259094910