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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP9085879, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SU2090, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
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 ALESSANDRO MONGILI SPS/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Optional SPS/07 General Sociology 6.0

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

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

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 MONGILI ALESSANDRO (Presidente)
NERESINI FEDERICO (Membro Effettivo)
PICCIONI TIZIANA (Membro Effettivo)
RIVA CLAUDIO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Students coming from courses and minors in Sociology, Philosophy, Education Studies, Political Sciences, and Communication, can attend this course.
Target skills and knowledge: Students have to learn some main concepts coming from Science and Technology Studies (STS), Postcolonial Studies and Modernization Theory (included its Multiple Modernization evolution).
Students have to be able in filing a paper, following a framework elaborated by the teacher.
Examination methods: Exam will be an interview, a discussion on a student's Memo concerning one or more papers and its/their links with the program general part.
Assessment criteria: Ability in filing and analyzing a paper (usually in English), and to compare it with the course program general part will be the core of the exam evaluation.
In order to get the exam Students need to know the main elements of STS, Postcolonial Studies and of the Modernization Theory and its critiques.
Course unit contents: Introduction: the main theoretical aspects of STS and Postcolonial Studies
1. Idea of Development and the success of Innovation and of the Innovation policies. The Linear Model of Innovation.
2. Modernity, Modernization and Multiple Modernization(s)
3. Structural exclusion in the "Innovation" processes: women, "backwarded" people and places, Ethnical, Gender, Physical and Space subalternities.
4. Computing, Digital, and "position wars"
5. Entitled and Lay Expertise, and Socio-Technical Continuum.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lecturing will characterize the first part of the course. During the second part Students will present their Exam Memos Frameworks: together with the Teacher they are going to focus on their papers' key concepts and contents, working on the problems to face in order to present them in the Exam Memo.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The papers assigned to the Students will be specified at the very beginning of the course.
The reference book is Alessandro Mongili, Topologie postcoloniali. Innovazioni e modernizzazione in Sardegna, Cagliari: Condaghes.

In order to enhance the Postcolonial Studies, STS and Modernization Theories approaches knowledge it is highly recommended to tackle with this essential references:

Bassi, S. e A. Sirotti, a cura di (2010). Gli studi postcoloniali. Un'introduzione. Firenze: Le Lettere.
Bhabha H. (1994), Location of Culture, London: Routledge
Cersosimo D. e C. Donzelli , (2000), Mezzo Giorno, Roma: Donzelli
Chakrabarty D. (2000) Provincializing Europe, Princeton: Princeton UP
Chambers I. (2006) Esercizi di potere. Gramsci, Said e il postcoloniale, Milano: Meltemi.
Eisenstadt S.N. European Civilization in a Comparative Perspective (1987)
Fanon F. (1952), Peau noire, masques blancs, Paris: Seuil
- idem (1961) Les damnés de la terre, The Wretched of the Earth
Godin B. and D. Vinck (2017) Critical Studies of Innovation, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Gramsci A. 1995 (1935), The Southern Question, Toronto: Guernica
Harding S., ed. (2011) The Postcolonial Science and Technology Studies Reader. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2011, 496 pp.
- eadem (2008), Science from Below. Feminisms, Postcolonialities, and Modernities, Durham: Duke UP.
Latour B. (1993). We Have Never Been Modern (tr. by Catherine Porter), Harvard University Press,
- idem (2004). Politics of Nature: How to Bring the Sciences into Democracy (tr. by Catherine Porter), Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
- idem (2007), Disinventare la modernità. Conversazioni con François Ewald (con François Ewald), Milano: Elèuthera,
Melis G. (1975), Antonio Gramsci e la questione sarda, Antologia, Cagliari: Della Torre
Ramella F. (2013) Sociologia dell'innovazione economica, Bologna
Said E.W., (1978) Orientalism, Pantheon and other publishers (any edition)
Spivak, G. C. (1999), A Critique of Postcolonial Reason, Harvard UP
Urry J. (2007), Mobilities, London: Polity Press
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • MONGILI ALESSANDRO, Topologie postcoloniali. Innovazioni e "modernizzazione" in Sardegna. Cagliari: Condaghes, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo