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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP8084538, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP2450, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ETHNOGRAPHY AND COMMUNITY ANALYSIS
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
E-Learning website
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 DANIELE NIGRIS SPS/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core 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 45 105.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: None.
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to provide the theoretical bases and the methodological foundations for the assessment of needs and community resources through the use of unstructured and non-standardized instruments (nondirective interview, ethnography). Great attention will be given to the cultural, linguistic, symbolic dimensions of the community.
Examination methods: Oral examination.
The examination will be conducted in part by verifying the solidity of the theoretical-methodological preparation, and in part under the form of case analysis.
Assessment criteria: Ability to apply critically the tools of social research to the assessment of needs and resources of a community. Ability to critically elaborate on theoretical concepts, and to apply them in a logical way to real situations.
Course unit contents: 1) Nondirective interview in Sociology and Social Work.
2) The anthropological gaze. Analysis of nonmaterial (actions and words, emotions and ideas) and material culture (articles and documents) of a local culture and its territorial subcommunities.
3) Tools for the evaluation of needs and the implementation of community resources.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures, group discussion, class exercises.
For the part concerning the Community Tool Box, during the lessons the students will be able to follow online with their smartphone or tablet the examples given by the teacher.
Additional notes about suggested reading: About the hypertext Community Tool Box, Toolkit 2 "Assessing community needs and resources". In each of the pages of the "Resources", the students will find some short case studies ("Examples") to read in order to understand how the proposed theoretical contents should be applied at the practical level. Moreover, in each "Resources" page the students will find a Powerpoint file that can be used as a study guide.

The following 18 “Resources” linked from the page
MUST BE STUDIED WITH RESPECT TO THEIR GENERAL CONTENT (without regard to US organizations or laws):

Understanding and Describing the Community
Collecting Information About the Problem
Qualitative Methods to Assess Community Issues
Identifying Community Assets and Resources Describe the methods (e.g., public forums, listening sessions, focus groups, interviews, surveys, observation) used to collect descriptive information
SWOT Analysis: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats
Obtaining Feedback from Constituents: What Changes are Important and Feasible?
Participatory Approaches to Planning Community Interventions
Rating Community Goals
The Constituent Survey of Outcomes: Ratings of Importance
Conducting Public Forums and Listening Sessions
Conducting Focus Groups
Conducting Concerns Surveys
Developing a Plan for Identifying Local Needs and Resources
Conducting Needs Assessment Surveys
Determining Service Utilization
Identifying Targets and Agents of Change: Who Can Benefit and Who Can Help?
Developing Baseline Measures of Behavior
Gathering and Using Community-Level Indicators

These other 6 “Resources” linked from the page are only to be read:

Conducting Interviews
Conducting Surveys
Using Public Records and Archival Data
Identifying Opponents
Overview of Opposition Tactics: Recognizing the Ten D's
How to Respond to Counterattacks
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • R. Bichi, L’intervista biografica. Milano: Vita e Pensiero, 2003. Cerca nel catalogo
  • C. Pennaccini, La ricerca sul campo in antropologia. Oggetti e metodi (pag. 53-186 e 257-345).. Roma: Carocci, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Community Tool Box, Toolkit n.2 «Assessing community needs and resources», --: --, --. Per le parti che costituiscono testo d’esame, si veda “EVENTUALI INDICAZIONI SUI MATERIALI DI STUDIO”

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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