Pedagogy of the mediation (2007/2008)

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Name of lecturer
Rosanna Cima
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Sem. II B dal Apr 21, 2008 al May 31, 2008.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The participants of the course will be invited to reflect on what is the pedagogy of the mediation in relationship with the work of taking care of people, families and groups that belong to different languages and cultures.
Beginning from some experiences of meeting/encounter with the "different", the course proposes to understand the base dynamics of the cultural and ethnoclinic mediation devices in the educational, social and sanitary contexts.


The course will introduce the Mediation’s Pedagogy as approach that favours the creation, the management and the evaluation of care devices in the realities in which rise situations of conflict (for example will be analyzed experiences in the area of the immigration and the old age).
We will deepen the knowledge of mediation’s methods, that in the care job they are able to assume, keep in mind and to give mind of the different cultures. We will deepen the particular relationship that the mediation asks for analyzing: the cultural mediation, the ethnoclinic mediation, the respective devices, the job with the cultural mediators, the translation, the mediation, the composition of a "third place" that the mediation need both in the thought and in the practice.

At the general character lessons will be woven exercises in small groups and meetings of close examination in laboratory form. We will individualize one or more qualitative tools for the re-elaboration and the restitution of the course experience.

Texts for the examination:
Rosanna Cima, Abitare le diversità. Pratiche di mediazione culturale: un percorso fra territorio e istituzioni, Carocci, Roma, 2005

Students have to read also the following texts:

A) Choose one of these books:
Maurizio Andolfi (a cura di), La mediazione culturale, Franco Angeli, Milano, 2003.
Grazia Colombo, Emanuela Cocever, Letizia Bianchi, Il lavoro di cura, Carocci, Roma, 2004.
Graziella Favaro, Manuela Fumagalli, Capirsi Diversi, Carocci, Roma, 2004.
Ismaël Maïga, De la nature à l’identité chez les Bambara: une construction complémentaire, in Colloque de Poissy 2004, (scaricabile dal sito:
Gabriel Maria Sala, Mediazione culturale, operatività e formazione, in Cormagi
C., Luoghi e non luoghi dell’incontro, Coedit,Genova, 2001.
Tzevetan Todorov (1982), La conquista dell’America. La questione dell’altro, Einaudi, Torino, 1984 (obbligatorio per i non frequentanti).
Rosanna Cima, Tempo di vecchiaia. Percorsi di anima e cura tra storie di donne,
Franco Angeli, Milano, 2004.

B) Choose one of these novels:
Cheikh Hamidou Kane (1961), L’ambigua Avventura, Edizioni e/o, Roma, 2003.
Erik Orsenna, Madame Ba, Ponte alle Grazie, Milano, 2004.
Thahar Ben Jelloun, (1976), Le pareti della solitudine, Einaudi, Torino, 1990.
Catherine Dunne, Il viaggio verso casa, Edizioni Guanda, Parma, 2000.
Doris Lessing, (2003), Le nonne, Feltrinelli, Milano, 2004.
Doris Lessing (1983), Il diario di Jane Somers, Feltrinelli, Milano, 1988.

Assessment methods and criteria

The examination will be in form of interview. Students can compile an individual writing, that keeps in mind both of the texts faced during the course and the experiences in the cultural mediation area. The writing must be delivered a week before the examination and it will be discusses during the examination.