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Course unit
PSN1031228, A.A. 2019/20

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS1085, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
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Mandatory attendance No
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 SOCIAL AND WORK PSYCHOLOGY

Teacher in charge AMEDEO BOROS M-DEA/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses M-DEA/01 Population Studies, Ethnography and Anthropology 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 01/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 BOROS AMEDEO (Presidente)
SPAGNA FRANCESCO (Membro Effettivo)
6 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 BOROS AMEDEO (Presidente)
SPAGNA FRANCESCO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Attending students must be available to the teamwork and must be able to use a camera.
Target skills and knowledge: Students will learn about the main topics studied by cultural anthropology and the approaches related to anthropological schools.
Course objectives are:
the improvement of the critical interpretation skills of contemporary cultural reality;
the development of judgment autonomy;
the expansion of relational skills in cultural negotiations with the 'Other',through the 'reflexivity' applied to some contexts of psychological intervention;
the ability to analyze the form and content of cultural narratives;
the ability to analyze the organization of culture traits, including power structures, gender roles, indoctrination etc.
Examination methods: Written examination with 3 open questions.
There are three questions, one for each book required for the exam
Assessment criteria: will evaluate the understanding and knowledge of the books provided for the examination
Course unit contents: The course will provide an introductory overview on the anthropological studies of cultures. Fundamental themes are: relationship between the main anthropological theories and the cultural systems, entities acting cultures (individual, group, society), culture, symbol, meanings, cultural communication, contemporary anthropology,funeral systems.
-Anthropological point of view- Agency and Culture- Analysis of the development of hegemonic structures- Symbols, meanings, cultures;- Development of the anthropological studies- Cultural communication-Identity and Alterity- Interethnicity and multiculturalism- Cultural negotiation- Funeral systems.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: -Lectures, multimidia presentations, film sequences, interaction with students.
Additional notes about suggested reading: -For attending students the procedures of examination are different. Attending students will have to prepare only some parts of the books required for examination, and will present a photographic essay, a picture story.
The presence in the classroom will be verified.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Marazzi Antonio, Lo sguardo antropologico. Processi educativi e multiculturalismo. Roma: Carocci, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Boros Amedeo, Oltre l'isola: percorsi antropologici nei sistemi funerari dell'Ungheria rurale. Padova: Libreria Progetto, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Mantovani Giuseppe, Spezzando ogni cuore. Dal Messico di Cortez alla Roma dell'inquisizione. Milano: Pubblicato dall'autore, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Story telling

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