General sociology and sociology of cultural processes (2014/2015)

Course code
4S02213
Credits
12
Coordinator
Emmanuele Morandi
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
SOCIOLOGIA DEI PROCESSI CULTURALI(P) 6 SPS/08-SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION Semestrino IIA, Semestrino IIB Riccardo Giumelli
SOCIOLOGIA SC (I) 6 SPS/07-GENERAL SOCIOLOGY semestrino IA, Semestrino IB Emmanuele Morandi

Learning outcomes

Module: SOCIOLOGIA DEI PROCESSI CULTURALI(P)
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The course aims to convey the theme of knowledge closely connected with the sociological dimension of the concept of culture. In particular, we want to reflect on cultural identity and communication in a complex and globalized society. The course will also address the issue of journalism in its sociological dimension, from the first interpretations of the American model to the newer paradigms.

Module: SOCIOLOGIA SC (I)
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The aim of the course is the acquisition of the basic concepts through which the sociological Knowledge has developed. To get to the understanding of reality and of the concept of “society”, on which depends the understanding of the notion of social-cultural process, we will focus on these notions: social control, system model, social system and cultural system.
We’ll then approach a new tide of thinking, born of Ivan Illich (1926-2002), the so-called “convivial society”, which tries to call into question, both on the social and on the economical point of view, the concept of development. The guideline of this thinker can be resumed in the few words: “Our wealth is measured by the number of things we can do without”.

Syllabus

Module: SOCIOLOGIA DEI PROCESSI CULTURALI(P)
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Syllabus:
The course will address the notion of “cultural process" in relation to the birth of Modernity and Postmodernity. We will give ample space to the theoretical dimension as prerequisite to address adequately the empirical level because the course will deal with studying the problems related to identity. The fundamental issue will be that of communication, that plays a decisive role in the processes of social control and change.

Bibliography:
M. Castells, Comunicazione e Potere, Università Bocconi Press, Milano (I-II-III and conclusion) or L. Sciolla, Sociologia dei processi culturali, Il Mulino, Bologna.

M. Schudson, La scoperta della notizia, Ed. Liguori, Napoli.

Recommended readings for more details:

Z. Bauman, Vita Liquida, Laterza ed, Roma-Bari.
A. Elliot e J.Urry, Vite Mobili, Il Mulino, Bologna.
C. Geertz, Mondo globale, mondi locali, Il Mulino, Bologna.
R. Giumelli, Lo Sguardo Italico. Nuovi orizzonti del cosmopolitismo, Liguori ed., Napoli.
D. Randall, Il giornalista quasi perfetto, Laterza ed, Roma-Bari.
R. Sennet, Insieme. Rituali, piaceri, politiche della collaborazione, Feltrinelli ed. Milano.



Module: SOCIOLOGIA SC (I)
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Reference texts:
Gilli G.A., Manuale di sociologia, Bruno Mondadori, Milano 2000; Aron R., Le tappe del pensiero sociologico, Mondadori, Milano 1999 (Comte, Durkheim, Marx, Pareto, Weber); Morandi E., La società è un “uomo in grande”, Marietti 1820, Genova-Milano 2010 (la prima parte del volume); Illich I., La convivialità, Red, Milano 2013.

Assessment methods and criteria

Module: SOCIOLOGIA DEI PROCESSI CULTURALI(P)
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Oral test and exercise


Module: SOCIOLOGIA SC (I)
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Frontal lesson and exercise


written test