Cultural Anthropology (2015/2016)

Course code
4S00742
Name of lecturer
Anna Maria Paini
Coordinator
Anna Maria Paini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
M-DEA/01 - DEMOLOGY, ETHNOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
Language of instruction
Italian
Location
VERONA
Period
Sem. IA, Sem. IB

Lesson timetable

Sem. IA
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM lesson Lecture Hall LISSS 3 from Sep 28, 2015  to Sep 28, 2015
Monday 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM lesson Lecture Hall LISSS 3 from Oct 12, 2015  to Oct 12, 2015
Monday 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM lesson Lecture Hall LISSS 3 from Oct 26, 2015  to Oct 26, 2015
Tuesday 2:05 PM - 4:35 PM lesson Lecture Hall LISSS 3  
Sem. IB
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 1:15 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall LISSS 3 from Nov 10, 2015  to Nov 10, 2015
Tuesday 1:15 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall LISSS 3 from Dec 1, 2015  to Dec 1, 2015
Tuesday 1:15 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall LISSS 3 from Dec 15, 2015  to Dec 15, 2015
Tuesday 1:30 PM - 4:45 PM lesson Lecture Hall Messedaglia from Dec 1, 2015  to Dec 1, 2015

Learning outcomes

Using different teaching methods (lectures, in-class discussion, meetings with guest speakers, videos), the course aims to introduce the students to a critical awareness of the discipline’s objects of study (such as culture, ethnicity, belonging, identity, representations of otherness, practices and knowledge), as well as of the methodological strategies of the ethnographic approach. This will allow students, at the end of the course, to begin to interpret information about the contexts with which they interact through ethnographic sensitivity and to communicate their own readings of such contexts within the workgroup.

Syllabus

Anthropological knowledge is practical knowledge, action-oriented, constantly exposed to comparison with other worldviews. Starting from these premises, the course will be developed in two parts: the analysis of some the discipline’s objects of study will be followed by a comparison with specific situations and experiences of intercultural local contexts in order to foster an understanding of anthropological knowledge as a perspective that can promote and activate practices of intercultural mediation.

Course Readings:
1) Paola Villano e Bruno Riccio, Culture e mediazioni, 2008, il mulino
2) Annamaria Rivera, La guerra dei simboli. Veli postcoloniali e retoriche sull’alterità, 2005, Dedalo.
3) Rosanna Cima, 2005, Abitare le diversità. Pratiche di Mediazione culturale, Carocci, quarto capitolo, pp. 83-109.
4) Sally Morgan, Tjalaminu Mia, Blaze Kwaymullina (a cura), Malditerra, Le Nuove Muse, Torino 2009 (Heartsick for Country, Fremantle Press, 2008).

Assessment methods and criteria

Final exam: assignment and oral discussion of an ethnographic case

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2015/2016