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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP8082601, 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
SP1419, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 3.0
Type of assessment Evaluation
Course unit English denomination ETHNOGRAPHY AND CONSUMER PRACTICES
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in SOCIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Teacher in charge FRANCESCA SETIFFI SPS/08

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Other -- -- 3.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 3.0 21 54.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2010 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 SETIFFI FRANCESCA (Presidente)
RIVA CLAUDIO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: None
Target skills and knowledge: The course will provide the following outcomes:
• to learn the main concepts of sociology of consumption
• to understand how to plan and design an empirical research
• to analyse the results and data of an empirical research
• to develop a research report
Examination methods: At the end of the course the students must write a paper that will then be discussed at the oral exam
Assessment criteria: Evaluation criteria:

• competence in sociological terminology
• ability to analyse a sociological phenomenom of consumption (to be decided with the professor)
• to be able to describe analitically the communicative function of material culture
Course unit contents: • Consumption and material culture
• Sharing economy, gig economy and collaborative consumption
• Body as cultural ‘object’
• Ethnographic approach
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: • Lecturing
• Group discussion on topics related to the course
Additional notes about suggested reading: Class materials are available on the Moodle platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Degli Esposti P.G., Riva C., Setiffi F., Sociologia dei consumi. Torino: Utet, 2019. (selezione di capitoli indicata a lezione) Cerca nel catalogo
  • Miller D., The Comfort of Things. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2008. (selezione di capitoli indicata a lezione) Cerca nel catalogo
  • Secondulfo D., The social meaning of things: a working field for visual sociology. Taylor and Francis Online: Visual studies, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Flipped classroom

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Responsible Consumption and Production