General sociology and sociology of cultural processes (2018/2019)

Course code
4S02213
Credits
12
Coordinator
Lorenzo Migliorati
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
SOCIOLOGIA SC (I) 6 SPS/07-GENERAL SOCIOLOGY Sem. 1A Debora Viviani
SOCIOLOGIA DEI PROCESSI CULTURALI(P) 6 SPS/08-SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION Sem. 1B Lorenzo Migliorati

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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The aim of the course is to provide to students a critical knowledge in the following topics: 1. the concept of culture and its components from a sociological point of view, then in relation to the social world; 2. the main characteristics of the cultural processes in contemporary glocal societies; 3. the theme of identity in relation to social changes between traditional, modern and post-modern society; 4. the main theories on communication studies; 5. the theme of journalism and objectivity, especially on American journalism. Expected skills At the end of the course, the student have to demonstrate: 1. to use the concept of culture as defined in the various interpretations; 2. to know the mean of "cultural process" in relation to post-modern societies, with particular reference to complex western societies; 3. to know how to evaluate the links between knowledge, culture, identity and communication as processes, both in the individual and in the collective dimension, also through an approach that recognizes the determinant of diversity as constituency of everyday life; 4. to know different sociological theories on communication studies; 5. to know the fundamental stages 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. 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
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MM: SOCIOLOGIA DEI PROCESSI CULTURALI(P)
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The course will be divided in this following steps: 1. The historical origins of the scientific concept of culture; 2. Sense and meaning; 3. The theories of the sociology of culture; 4. Theories on the relationship between culture and society; 5. The different fields of production of culture; 6. Empirical research on cultural phenomena; 7. Culture and social change; 8. Sociology of culture and cultural sociology; 9. Theory and practice of cultural performance; 10. Cultural trauma as a symbolic production area.

Assessment methods and criteria

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MM: SOCIOLOGIA SC (I)
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The exam provides for a written test The exam will test the exam texts included in the program
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MM: SOCIOLOGIA DEI PROCESSI CULTURALI(P)
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Two alternative assessment methods are proposed, among which the student can choose. 1. "Traditional" mode: - Production of a written text on open questions starting from the recommended texts. 2. "Step" mode: - first step: production of a written text starting from the reflection and personal re-elaboration of the contents proposed in the classroom (in itinere); - second step: production of a written work and a multimedia production to be presented publicly in the classroom on occasions dedicated to a topic related to the sociology of culture and which do not directly form the curricular contents of the course; - third step: oral examination on specific parts of the program. In both cases, the final evaluation derives from the average of the results obtained in each test.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
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
Crespi Franco Manuale di sociologia della cultura Editori Laterza 1996 8842048518
Alexander Jeffrey C. Trauma. Una teoria sociale Mimesis 2018