General sociology and sociology of cultural processes - SOCIOLOGIA DEI PROCESSI CULTURALI(P) (2019/2020)

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Name of lecturer
Lorenzo Migliorati
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem 2A dal Feb 17, 2020 al Mar 28, 2020.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

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.


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.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Sciolla Loredana Sociologia dei processi culturali Il Mulino 2012 978-88-15-23906-8
Alexander Jeffrey C. Trauma. Una teoria sociale Mimesis 2018

Assessment methods and criteria

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.