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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSN1031203, A.A. 2018/19

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS2295, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GENERAL SOCIOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
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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 VALENTINA RETTORE

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

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2016 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 RETTORE VALENTINA (Presidente)
TARTARI MORENA (Membro Effettivo)
3 2018 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 RETTORE VALENTINA (Presidente)
TARTARI MORENA (Membro Effettivo)

Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the training course I propose is to stimulate in each one the capacities and sensitivities to analyze and to understand what is going on in the interaction in a sociological perspective. In fact, they shape the actions of the subjects 'between' and 'in' different cultural contexts. The goal of the work done during the course is therefore to develop analytical capabilities of daily life. In addition to fostering the learning of the most important conceptual tools and theoretical perspectives of the sociological approach, I ask to develop the ability to use sociological knowledge as a "practical" reading key in the different situations of everyday life.
Examination methods: The exam will be written and lasting 1h.30'-2h. The test will aim, in addition to ascertaining the learning of conceptual tools, to verify the ability to use these concepts to interpret and understand reality through the analysis of examples (films, novels, or other material).
The exam consists of 2 semi-open questions:
1) The first question will be on the institutional part chosen by the teacher relative to the first and second part of the fundamental text;
2) The second question will be chosen by the student who will have to choose how to connect at least three parts - a chapter for each of the sections of the basic text - starting from one or more examples taken from everyday life (films, novels, anecdotes of personal experiences) , from friends or acquaintances or other news events) focusing on the interaction between subjects and the social processes involved in it.
Assessment criteria: The student's ability to read daily life through the sociological tools will be assessed for the acquisition of credits for this teaching. It will in practice explain, link and use the theories and concepts studied to interpret and understand what happens in human interactions according to the sociological perspective. In other words, the fundamental evaluation criterion will be the verification of a mature ability in the student and the student to analyze in depth, conscious and original the world and the relationships of everyday life through the conceptual tools learned. You will need to know the tools and know how to use it practically by making examples from your everyday life. Each student and each student will be evaluated on the entire program.
Non-attending assessment methods are the same as attendees.
Course unit contents: The training I propose will take into account the main sociological perspectives through the prism of interaction and communication as a central dimension for understanding the major institutions and relevant processes that distinguish current societies. We will see, for example, how symbolic interaction, holism, phenomenology, study of micro and macro rituals have contributed to human knowledge. In addition, the main categories and conceptualizations that sociological discipline has developed over time to understand the rituals of everyday life from the dimension of time and space to gender as well as power, differentiation, intercultural and more. Finally, we will deepen some situations of everyday life to see how sociological tools allow us to look through reading keys that open up to what we take for granted. Attention will be paid to current social processes in current societies. We will then analyze what is happening in working contexts such as company, classroom, political and religious rituals, and more.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is divided into a series of frontal lessons in which the themes illustrated in the reference text will be explained, integrated and deepened, with the possible use of other audiovisual material. The mode used during the meetings will be as interactive as possible and will be asked in various forms and ways to students to take part in what is happening in the classroom and to be active and "present".
Additional notes about suggested reading: Examination is foreseen to prepare only the basic text.
Non-attending assessment methods are the same as the attendants, as well as the program and the reference text are those indicated.
For any variations, talk to the teacher.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • La Mendola Salvatore, Comunicare interagendo. I rituali della vita quotidiana: un compendio.. Torino: UTET, 2007. Testo fondamentale obbligatorio per tutti Cerca nel catalogo

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