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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
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LE17100348, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
LE0599, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
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Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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

Teacher in charge FERDINANDO FAVA M-DEA/01

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core 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 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 a.a.2019-2020 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 FAVA FERDINANDO (Presidente)
GRASSI PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
2 commissione a.a.2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 FAVA FERDINANDO (Presidente)
GRASSI PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The course aims to introduce to cultural anthropology as an institutionalized discipline, a project of critical knowledge and a professional practice. The teaching program is designed taking into account the aims of the three-year course of philosophical education as well as the objectives contained in the ministerial declaration n. 616 on August 10th, 2017 (Annex A) concerning the obtainment of 24cfu as admission requirements for the access to teacher training. The aim of the course will therefore also be to initiate the students oriented to the teaching of philosophy, to discursive and relational practices, which, through the prism of anthropological reflexivity, encourage in themselves and in their future students the respect for diversity. During the lessons, the foundations will be laid for the understanding of cultural diversity, the socio-cultural nature of social affiliations and at the same time of socio-cultural dynamics as of their naturalization. Particular attention will be paid to the intersections between ideologies and belief systems and social categories such as "race", "class", "ethnicity", "gender" and the ways in which the former maintain, legitimize, reproduce social relations.
Target skills and knowledge: At the end of the lectures the students will be able to understand the research practices (fieldwork), the intellectual operations (theoretical mediations) and the knowledge produced (ethnographic monograph) in the historical development of the discipline; they will be able to detect philosophical problems at the heart of the discipline; will be able to read an ethnographic monograph and to grasp its relevance (the method of constructing the object, its theoretical mediations ...); they will be able to apply the deconstructive and inclusive approach of the anthropological gaze and listen to the educational context. More specifically in this regard: they will be able to recognize the theoretical-methodological problems related to the reading of the identity processes typical of multicultural societies; to grasp the relevance of the categories used by anthropology with particular regard to the phenomena of exclusion and inequality, of sexism, of racism and of multicultural and multi-religious coexistence; to integrate in their experience the contributions of anthropological research to interpret social, educational and institutional ties; to orient oneself in anthropological knowledge in order to autonomously extend its analytical devices ("knowing how to become"); to develop critical, epistemological and political reflexivity, at the heart of "learning to learn" about the anthropological gesture in order to make educational realities, the class and the institutional system intertwined with it, the privileged locus of cultural critique and social innovation.
Examination methods: For attending class students the exam will be the discussion of one of the topics addressed in the classroom. Attending students must: participate in online activities related to classroom lessons, process homework, weekly feedback and deliver at the end of the lessons a reading note of one volume among the reference texts (different from the handbook) chosen in agreement with the teacher.
The exam for non-attending students will be an oral discussion on the manual "History of Anthropology" in all its parts (including the anthological one) and on the writing of a reading note of a volume chosen in agreement with the teacher among the reference texts (excluding the handbook).
Assessment criteria: The evaluation will refer to the acquisition of different skills: to analyze and to understand the issues covered adequately contextualized; to highlight the argumentative structures and the conceptual nodes of the different schools, paradimi and currents; critically to rework the contents through the comparison and the internal correlation between the different theoretical and practical currents;to make oral preasentations in a clear and appropriate use of the "own" vocabulary discipline
Course unit contents: In the frame of the historical and systematic reading of the discipline, through the analytical threads of ways to think the field research, to elaborate the theoretical perspectives embedded in it and the ways and styles of its public communication, the main schools and paradigms of the 'cultural anthropology. The questions about the epistemological relationship with the foreigner/stranger, from the "discoveries" at the dawn of modernity to the contemporary management/production of "cultural identities" will be the background to the analysis of the main themes confronting cultural anthropology: the notion of culture in its broader ethnographic sense, in its dynamic and procedural aspects as in its material, relational and virtual components; diversity, inequality and hierarchy between cultures, social groups and classes, relationships of kinship and gender (social evolutionism, cultural relativism, ethnocentrism, forms of power, relations of hegemony and subalternity); the basic notions aimed at learning the ethnographic method. In relation to the "application" of cultural anthropology to the educational universe, its relations and its processes will be paid particular attention to the analysis of the processes of inclusion in educational structures and to the critical reading of languages, customs, spaces and practices of educational institutions.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course takes place according to the lectures, active learning, interactive lecturing, portfolio (see below). The methodology of approach to content consists in the critical reading and reflection of the handbook and the monograph, accompanied by their contextualization in the disciplinary debates that produced them and which they themselves generated. Personal writing moments (the "tasks" on Moodle, the feedbacks, the reading note of the monograph) are also an unavoidable learning experience. Screenings of ethnographic films will be used on occasion to introduce the different themes in the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Fabietti, Ugo, Storia dell'antropologia. Bologna: Zanichelli, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Landucci, Sergio, I filosofi e i selvaggi. Torino: Einaudi, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo
  • MacIntyre, Alasdair, Is Understanding Religion Compatible with Believing? In John Hick (ed), Faith and the Philosophers. London: Macmillan, 1964. pp. 115-133
  • Todorov, Tzvetan, La conquista dell'America: il problema dell'altro. Torino: Einaudi, 1984. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Augé, Marc; Maiello, Francesco; Baudry, Pierre, Simbolo, funzione, storia: gli interrogativi dell'antropologia. Napoli: Liguori, 1982. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Fava, Ferdinando, In campo aperto. L'antropologo nei legami del mondo. Premessa di Marc Augé. Prefazione di Alberto Sobrero. Milano: Meltemi, 2017. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Fava, Ferdinando, Lo Zen di Palermo. Antropologia dell'esclusione. Prefazione di Marc Augé. Milano: Franco Angeli, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Malinowski, Bronisław; Scoditti, Giancarlo G., Argonauti del Pacifico occidentale: riti magici e vita quotidiana nella società primitiva.. Torino: Bollati Boringhieri, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Evans-Pritchard, Edward E., I Nuer un'anarchia ordinata. Milano: Franco Angeli, 2002. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Bourgois, Philippe; De Giorgi, Alessandro, Cercando rispetto: drug economy e cultura di strada. Roma: DeriveApprodi, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Greenblatt, Stephen, Meraviglia e possesso: lo stupore di fronte al Nuovo Mondo. Bologna: Il Mulino, 1994. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Mead, Margaret; Borghi, Lamberto, L'adolescenza in Samoa. Firenze: Giunti Barbera, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Gliozzi, Giuliano, Adamo e il Nuovo Mondo.La nascita dell'antropologia come ideologia coloniale:dalle genealogie bibliche alle teorie razziali (1500-1700). Firenze: La nuova Italia, 1977. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Keck, Frédéric, Lévy-Bruhl. Entre philosophie et anthropologie. Paris: CNRS, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ananta Kumar Giri; John Clammer, Philosophy and Anthropology: Border Crossing and Transformations. London: Anthem Press, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Sune Liisberg; Esther Oluffa Pedersen; Anne Line Dalsgård (eds), Anthropology and Philosphy: Dialogues on Trust and Hope. New York: Berghahn Books, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Pagden, Anthony; Legati, Igor, La caduta dell'uomo naturale: l'indiano d'America e le origini dell'etnologia comparata. Torino: Einaudi, 1989. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Bourgois, Philippe; De Giorgi, Alessandro, Cercando rispetto: drug economy e cultura di strada. Roma: DeriveApprodi, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Biscaldi, Angela, Etnografia della Responsabilità Educativa. Bologna: Archetipo Libri, 2013. 260 p. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Action learning
  • Concept maps
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Learning journal
  • Portfolio

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

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