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School of Psychology
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
PS2295, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, 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 Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
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 DEVELOPMENTAL, PERSONALITY AND INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS PSYCHOLOGY

Teacher in charge FRANCESCO SPAGNA

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses M-DEA/01 Population Studies, Ethnography and Anthropology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second 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 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
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 SPAGNA FRANCESCO (Presidente)
BOROS AMEDEO (Membro Effettivo)
RAZE' ANNAMARIA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: None
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to offer some of the interpretative criteria of Cultural Anthropology. Learning expectations will concern the main key words of Cultural Anthropology, which will be elaborated in their conceptual development up to the most recent meanings. The course also aims to offer critical tools for understanding a complex and constantly changing reality such as that of the multicultural society. With regard to the specialized part of the course, it is intended to introduce and develop the themes of translation and dialogue between cultures.
Examination methods: Examinations can be oral or written, relative to the number of students enrolled in each roll call. Above the 15 students the examination will be written. Under 15 students the examination will be oral, a 10-15 minute interview with textbooks at hand. The written examination will have open, themed questions about each text in the syllabus, on a foolscap sheet.
Assessment criteria: Reflectivity and elaboration of the contents proposed in the textbooks will be evaluated; the ability to connect and integrate (for attending students) the oral learning channel in class with the written one of the textbooks. Regarding non attending students, will be evaluated the ability of perusal and interpretation of the textbooks.
Attending students will produce a paper, to be done in the classroom. This paper will influence the evaluation in the examination phase.
Course unit contents: Cultural anthropology will be presented in its "spontaneous" dimension - the recognition of the humanity of the Other – as well as an academic discipline, in its theoretical and methodological achievements.
Keywords: "culture", "cultural diversity", "ethnicity", "border", "race", "gender", "identity / otherness", "individual / family", "personality / culture".
Furthermore, some background problems will be introduced regarding the recognition of cultural diversity.
The specialized part will be dedicated to opening a reflection on translation and dialogue between cultures.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lecturer and workshops, with analysis of ethnographical texts and films. Collective elaboration of concepts through classroom debate. Individual elaboration through the paper; final discussion about the papers produced.
Personalities and scholars will be invited to participate to the class.
Additional notes about suggested reading: It is advisable to start the study from the general handbook (Signorelli) and then move on to the monography (Spagna).
Non-attending students must study an extra text (Wikan).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Signorelli Amalia, Antropologia culturale. Milano: McGraw-Hill, 2011. Manuale per la parte generale. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Spagna Francesco, La buona creanza. Antropologia dell'ospitalità. Roma: Carocci, 2013. Parte monografica. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Wikan Unni, Oltre le parole. Il potere della risonanza. Firenze: SEID, 2009. pp. 97-134 in Cappelletto F. (ed.) Vivere l'etnografia. Testo integrativo per non frequentanti [pdf in piattaforma moodle] Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Story telling
  • Concept maps
  • Art Based methods
  • Flipped classroom
  • Use of online videos
  • 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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