General sociology and sociology of cultural processes (2017/2018)

Course code
4S02213
Credits
12
Coordinator
Debora Viviani
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
SOCIOLOGIA SC (I) 6 SPS/07-GENERAL SOCIOLOGY First half of Semester 1 , Second half of Semester 1 Debora Viviani
SOCIOLOGIA DEI PROCESSI CULTURALI(P) 6 SPS/08-SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION First half of Semester 1 , Second half of Semester 1 Riccardo Giumelli

Learning outcomes

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MM: SOCIOLOGIA SC (I)
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The course aims to explore: 1. the correlation between society and knowledge 2. the relationship between subject and society, highlighting how the two parties co-participate in the construction of reality and thus overcoming the holistic approach (Emile Durkheim) and the individualist approach (Max Weber) 3. the close relationship between individuals, social structure and culture The monographic part will deepen the concept of material culture, above all the symbolic and communicative function that today's objects take. This second part will study food, as a specific case of cultural object that mediates and realizes tastes, values, relationships and dynamics in society.
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MM: SOCIOLOGIA DEI PROCESSI CULTURALI(P)
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Educational objectives: The course aims to train students in critical knowledge on: 1. The concept of culture and its components from a sociological point of view, therefore in relation to the social world; 2. Main characteristics of the cultural processes in contemporary glocal societies; 3. Identity in relation to social changes between traditional, modern and post-modern society. 4. Most widespread theories on communication studies 5. Journalism and objectivity, especially on American journalism. Skills learned. At the end of the course, the student must demonstrate to have learned: 1. how to use the concept of culture as defined in the various interpretations. 2. what cultural process means in relation to post-modern societies, with particular reference to complex western societies. 3. the links between knowledge, culture, identity and communication as processes, both in the individual and in the collective identity, also through an approach that recognizes the determinant of diversity as a widespread topic. 4. the different theories about the study of communication. 5. the fundamental processes of American journalism.

Syllabus

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MM: SOCIOLOGIA SC (I)
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The course will be developed through an in-depth study of four thematic nuclei. 1. the bond between the individual and society. 2. the correlation between culture and society. 3. the symbolic function of objects today. 4. food as an element of material culture. Berger L.B. e Luckmann T. (2006), La realtà come costruzione sociale, ilMulino, Bologna Douglas M. e Isherwood B. (1984), Il mondo delle cose, ilMulino, Bologna Grassi V. e Viviani D. (2016), Il cibo immaginato tra produzione e consumo, FrancoAngeli, Milano
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MM: SOCIOLOGIA DEI PROCESSI CULTURALI(P)
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Syllabus: The course will cover the notion of five keywords: 1) Society 2) Culture 3) Identity 4) Process 5) Communication In particular, the themes will be analyzed in the light of their relationship with traditional, modern and post-modern society. It is a great space for theoretical programming as a fundamental condition for understanding the empirical plan that the course will deal with by studying the problems connected to identity. The gaze with which the issues are addressed will be constantly turned towards communication that plays a decisive role in the processes of control and social change. During the course some seminars are planned with external guests. Bibliography: M. Castells, Comunicazione e Potere, Università Bocconi Press, Milano (I-II-III and conclusion) or W. Griswold, Sociologia della Cultura, 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. P. Khanna, Connectography. Le mappe del futuro ordine mondiale, Fazi ed. F. La Cecla, Babel food. Contro il cibo Kultura, 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.

Assessment methods and criteria

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MM: SOCIOLOGIA SC (I)
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The exam provides for a written test consisting of: - 18 questions closed - 2 open answer questions The exam will test the exam texts included in the program The exam program as well as the test will be the same for students who attend the course and for students who do not attend the course. For the attendants, two intermediate tests will be provided on the contents presented in the classroom (contents of the test program texts, contents of workshops / seminars with external experts)
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MM: SOCIOLOGIA DEI PROCESSI CULTURALI(P)
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The exam will take place in written form with open questions. The student will have to answer three questions, two of which relate to the bibliographic program, while the third, more general, aims to evaluate critical and reflective abilities learned on more general topics of sociology of cultural processes.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Manuel Castells Comunicazione e Potere Egea Editore 2009
Grassi V., Viviani D. Il cibo immaginato tra produzione e consumo FrancoAngeli 2016
Douglas M, Isherwood B Il mondo delle cose Il Mulino 2013
Berger PL, Luckmann Th La realtà come costruzione sociale (Edizione 1) Il Mulino editore 1969
Michael Schudson La Scoperta della Notizia Liguori Editore 2007
Wendy Griswold Sociologia della Cultura Il Mulino 2005