Intercultural Education (2010/2011)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Agostino Portera
Agostino Portera
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. 1A, Sem. 1B

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide the appropriate knowledge of intercultural pedagogy, that is considered the best solution to pluralism, globalization and to the multiethnic and multicultural society. Besides the historical development, particular attention will be given to the epistemological and methodological-didactic aspects, even with a comparison with other European countries. During the course, the application in educational, familiar, political, religious and social contexts will be considered.


1. Development of intercultural pedagogy as solution to globalization and complexity.
2. Stereotypes, prejudices and intercultural education in the Italian school.
3. Concrete possibility of intercultural education at school and in civil society.

General Part:
- PORTERA, A. Globalizzazione e pedagogia interculturale, Erickson, Trento, 2006.

Monographic Section
- AA.VV., Educazione interculturale alla cittadinanza, Carocci, Roma, 2008.
- AA.VV., Educazione interculturale nel contesto internazionale Guerini, Milano, 2006.

Teaching methods:
The course will be supported by specific theoretical and practical exercises, which form an integral part of the examination programme. For a deeper insight of this part students should choose one of the following books (that shall not have been used for other examinations):
- *PORTERA, A., Educazione interculturale in famiglia, La scuola, Brescia, 2004.
- *AA.VV., Pedagogia interculturale in Italia e in Europa, Vita e Pensiero, Milano, 2003.
- *SANTERINI, M., Il racconto dell’altro. Carocci, Roma, 2008.
- DUSI, P. Riconoscere l’altro per averne cura. Linee di pedagogia familiare nella società multiculturale, La scuola, Brescia, 2007.
- SANTERINI, M., Formazione Interculturale: teoria e pratica. Unicopli, Milano, 2007.
- *GUIDETTI, B., Educazione e pedagogia interculturale in azienda., Angeli, Milano, 2008.
- *LAMBERTI S., Cooperative learning e pedagogia interculturale, CEDAM, Padova, 2006.
- CORTE, M., Comunicazione e giornalismo interculturale, CEDAM, Padova, 2006.
- PORTERA, A., Tesori sommersi. Emigrazione, identità, bisogni educativi interculturali, F. Angeli, Milano, 1999.
- PORTERA, A., La pedagogia interculturale nella teoria e nella pratica, CEDAM, Padova, 2000
- ANDOLFI, M. (a cura di), Famiglie immigrate e psicoterapia transculturale. F. Angeli, Milano, 2004
- FAVARO, G. FUMAGALLI, M. (a cura di), capirsi diversi. Idee e pratiche di mediazione interculturale. Carocci, Roma, 2004
* suggested book for those who do not attend lessons.

Note: Students wishing to take the 4 credits examination are required to study only the first two key texts ("Globalization and intercultural education" and "Intercultural education for citizenship") and choose one of the other texts for a deeper insight.

Assessment methods and criteria

The teaching and valuation methods will be communicated at the beginning of the course. Those who do not attend
classes have to choose one of the suggested books or agree on the program of the exam with the professor.