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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
CULTURES, EDUCATION AND GLOBAL SOCIETY
Course unit
CULTURAL TRANSFORMATIONS: REPRESENTATIONS AND PRACTICES
SUP4061128, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
CULTURES, EDUCATION AND GLOBAL SOCIETY
SU2090, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CULTURAL TRANSFORMATIONS: REPRESENTATIONS AND PRACTICES
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge VINCENZO ROMANIA SPS/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Optional SPS/08 Sociology of Culture and Communication 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Calendar
Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 ROMANIA VINCENZO (Presidente)
ALLIEVI STEFANO (Membro Effettivo)
NARDELLA CARLO (Membro Effettivo)
TRAPPOLIN LUCA (Membro Effettivo)
3 2017/18 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 ROMANIA VINCENZO (Presidente)
ALLIEVI STEFANO (Membro Effettivo)
NARDELLA CARLO (Membro Effettivo)
TRAPPOLIN LUCA (Membro Effettivo)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Strong knowledge of sociological theories; basic knowledge of cultural studies and sociology of culture.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide:
1. knowledge of the categories necessary for the understanding of cultural and communicative phenomena;
2) the ability to look at social phenomena from a cultural point of view;
3. the ability to apply them to empirical cases of topical and sociological interest.
Examination methods: The examination will be based on a mixed-assessment procedure, consisting of two presentations and a final oral test.
In order to verify point 1) of the previous section, students will be asked to present and discuss a selection of five classics of the sociology of culture (Durkheim, Geertz, Elias, Goffman, Becker).
In order to verify point 2), students will be asked to discuss in class a paper on contemporary sociology, included in a list that will be provided and shared through the e-learning platform.
Finally, in order to verify points 1) 2) and 3), the last part of the examination will include an oral test, which will focus on the analysis of the overall programme. The final grade will be an average of the three tests.
Assessment criteria: I will evalute:
the critical understanding and critical analysis of sociological theories;
the bility of argumentation;
the ability of connecting theories to methodologies of research.
Course unit contents: The course will introduce a series of new cultural objects and especially the cultural transformation involving a series of objects and themes of the study of culture, according to the following order:
1. the organization of culture (Di Maggio, Becker);
2. identity and roles (Burke and Stets, Goffman, R.H.Turner, Merton);
3. cultural practices (Bourdieu),
4. critical approaches(Thevenot, Lefebvre, Gramsci, Foucault);
5. symbols and the relationship between culture and structure (Alexander, Smith),
6. the relationship between culture and individual (Swidler)
7. rituals (Collins, Sloterdijk) and myth (Barthes);
8. subcultures and countercultures (Hebdige to Bennett).

Specifically, there will be lectures, alternating reading and discussion of classics (about 100 pages of reading per week) and presentations and discussion of papers assigned to individual students.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: In each lessons, a first part will be devoted to a short introduction to the topics; secondly, students will present a crucial contribution to the lesson; finally, there will be a discussion about a possibile research project.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Students attending the class will be expected to study on class material, while non attending students will be asked to study on the indicated books and to produce a paper to be decided together with the professor.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Vincenzo Romania, Materiale Didattico. --: --, --. PER I SOLI FREQUENTANTI. DISTRIBUITO IN CLASSE.
  • MARCO SANTORO, ROBERTA SASSATELLI, Studiare la cultura. Nuove prospettive sociologiche. Bologna: il Mulino, 2009. PER I SOLI NON FREQUENTANTI Cerca nel catalogo
  • ANDREW ABBOTT, LEZIONI ITALIANE. Salerno: Orthotes, 2018. OBBLIGATORIO PER TUTT

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Concept maps
  • Peer feedback
  • Peer assessment

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
No Poverty Gender Equality Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Reduced Inequalities Sustainable Cities and Communities Responsible Consumption and Production