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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
SOCIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
Course unit
SOCIOLOGY OF THE MEDIA
SUP5070240, A.A. 2019/20

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SOCIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
SP1419, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SOCIOLOGY OF THE MEDIA
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 is available ONLY for students enrolled in SOCIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Lecturers
Teacher in charge CLAUDIO RIVA SPS/08

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SPS/08 Sociology of Culture and Communication 9.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2010 course timetable

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Students must have taken the historical and sociological exams appointed for the first year of the program.
Target skills and knowledge: The course includes the following expected learning outcomes and skills:
- Knowledge and understanding: By the end of the course, the student will have been able to critically understand the relation between media and society and have acquired the theoretical and practical skills necessary to interpret the forms, terminologies and practices of media, through attending the lectures and studying the text discussed in the classroom.
- Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: Through exercises, the student will acquire adequate tools and terminology to analyze the everyday experience with the new and traditional media.
- Making judgments: Throughout the discussions at the classroom with the professor and his/her colleagues, the exercises and in preparation to exam, the student will be able to analyze critically the transformations introduced by media, both to a collective and individual extent, particularly concerning younger generations.
- Communication skills: Through participation in discussions and exercises in the classroom, the student will acquire the fundamental terminology and concepts required by the discipline.
- Learning skills: Through the exercises and interaction with the classmates and the professor, the student will be able to acquire and adopt a critical learning method, with the help of which s/he can then independently revise the knowledge and skills gained during the course.
Examination methods: Exam procedures are different for attending and non-attending students.
1) The NON-ATTENDING students can take oral exam within the official sessions (or written exam, with 6 questions on the compulsory texts, if there are more than 10 students signed up to the session).
2) The exam procedures for ATTENDING students include:
a) During the course, the students can divide the exam into two parts: written exercises to be agreed in the classroom, that will take place after about half of the course; a final written exam on the contents of the lectures integrated with the texts discussed.
b) In ordinary sessions, the students can complete (if they have made the intermediate exercise) or take the entire oral or written exam depending on the number of applicants (if more than 10, the exam will be written).
ATTENTION: In order to be considered an attending student, you must have attended at least %75 of the lectures.
Assessment criteria: The assessment of students’ preparation will be based on the knowledge and comprehension of the expected contents specified on the exam program, the use of the intended disciplinary terminology, the ability to develop arguments autonomously and the competence of empirical positioning of theoretical generalizations. These components will be of priority: clarity of the presentation, comprehension of the categories, ability of summing up and critical assessment of the discussed theories.
Course unit contents: The course offers to provide the tools for comprehending the verbal interaction processes within complex systems. The historical evolution of fundamental theories and researches on media (new and traditional) will be taken into consideration by attracting particular attention to the social role and collective effects of media.
In the first part, the basic concepts, the fundamental theoretical perspectives and the useful research tools to investigate the relation between media and social reality will be presented, by highlighting the topics of construction of meanings in media, news making and news constructions, media influences and Audience studies.
The second part of the course will address all the transformations introduced by Internet and new media and regarding both collective and individual action: the topics of digital divide and participatory cultures change depending on identity constructions and social management within contemporary reality.
The third part of the course will then focus on the experiences and practices of new media uses by young generations. The aim is to investigate what it means to be young people in an ever-mutating technological world where the cultural offers and occasions of media consumption, relation and opportunities are increasingly growing. The various dimensions of relations -complex and multiform- between young people and new media will be presented: from social network to music and videogames, from relational and affective involvements and political participation to the questions on the adult perspective (parents and teachers) with respect to such dynamics.
In addition, several seminars will be held to discuss specific topics.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: - The course is conducted through face-to-face lectures with the support of multimedia materials through which the topics addressed in the referred texts will be explained, integrated and discussed. Potential seminars of thematic discussions will be organized if any need occurs in the lectures. Attendance to lectures are strongly recommended. Further information will be available on the moodle page of the course.
-Periodically (on moodle page, available on this link: https://elearning.unipd.it/scienzeumane/), the slides used in the lectures will be uploaded. However, note that the lecture notes are not compulsory and they cannot substitute the exam texts or the attendance to the lectures. They are only intended to support to the study activities of attending students, who can print and take notes on them so as to be able to pay more attention to the lectures.
- In order to facilitate the interaction between the professor and students, in addition to the moodle area, a closed group “Media Scs” on Facebook will be activated at the beginning of the course.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Study materials:
1) Stella, R. (2012), "Sociologia delle comunicazioni di massa", Utet Università, Torino.
2) Stella, R., Riva, C., Scarcelli, C.M., Drusian, M. (2018), “Sociologia dei New Media - seconda edizione”, Utet Università, Torino.
3) Riva, C., Scarcelli, C.M. (2016) (a cura di), “Giovani e media. Temi, prospettive, strumenti”, McGraw-Hill Education, Milano.
4) Van Dijck J., Poell T., De Waal M. (2018), "The Platform Society", Oxford University Press, Oxford: Chapter 1.

Non-attending students are required to study the texts completely; attending students will be given the information in the classroom on the chapters to be studied. During the course, additional materials will be used to elaborate on the discussions and be uploaded on moodle page of the course (available on this link: https://elearning.unipd.it/scienzeumane/).
In moodle area of the course, the slides used in the lectures will be uploaded. However, note that the lecture notes are not compulsory and they cannot substitute the exam texts or the attendance to the lectures. They are only intended to support to the study activities of attending students, who can print and take notes on them so as to be able to pay more attention to the lectures. NON-ATTENDING students are not recommended to use the lecture notes, as the notes may contain the topics and issues that are not referred in their program.
ATTENTION: Students are requested not to use the e-mail of the professor for the information available on the institutional websites (program, texts, exam dates, signing up to exams etc.).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • R.Stella, Sociologia delle comunicazioni di massa. Torino: Utet, 2012. Gli studenti non frequentanti devono i Capitoli dall'1 al 6.. Ai frequentanti verranno date indicazioni in aula su quali capitoli studiare. Cerca nel catalogo
  • C.Riva, C.M.Scarcelli, Giovani e media. Temi, prospettive, strumenti.. Milano: McGraw-Hill education, 2016. Gli studenti non frequentanti devono i Capitoli dall'1 al 6.. Ai frequentanti verranno date indicazioni in aula su quali capitoli studiare. Cerca nel catalogo
  • R.Stella, C.Riva, C.M. Scarcelli, M.Drusian, Sociologia dei new media - seconda edizione. Torino: Utet, 2018. Gli studenti non frequentanti devono studiare il libro per intero. Ai frequentanti verranno date indicazioni in aula su quali capitoli studiare.
  • Van Dijck J., Poell T., De Waal M., The Platform Society. Oxford: Oxford University Press,, 2018. Tutti devono studiare il Capitolo 1, disponibile sulla pagina moodle dell'insegnamento.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Reflective writing

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

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