Sociology of knowledge and language (2011/2012)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Paola Di Nicola
Paola Di Nicola
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. 1B dal Nov 21, 2011 al Jan 22, 2012.

Lesson timetable

Sem. 1B
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 2:50 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.6  
Wednesday 3:40 PM - 6:10 PM lesson Lecture Hall Informatica 2 from Nov 30, 2011  to Jan 22, 2012
Thursday 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.6  

Learning outcomes

The course aims to study the mode of access to knowledge of objects and social relations, mediated primarily by the language. It supports the thesis that social reality (in its different spheres of meaning) is socially constructed and that the task of the sociology of knowledge is to analyze the processes pass through which this occurs (Berger and Luckmann). Social reality, knowledge and language (as a first form of social legitimacy) are detailed and themed concepts.


During the course, the following topics will be developed:
- The social construction of reality
- From the common sense knowledge to the specialized knowledge
- Language as a constitutive dimension of the human
- Language as a collective heritage
- Language as a tool
- Location of the self, biographies working and new forms of reflexivity in the complex society

Testi per l'esame:

P. Berger, T. Luckmann, La realtà come costruzione sociale, Il Mulino, Bologna, 1969
F. Crespi, Sociologia del linguaggio, Laterza, Bari-Roma, 2005
L. Gallino, Il lavoro non è una merce, Laterza, Bari- Roma, 2009
H. Honneth, Capitalismo e riconoscimento, University Press, Firenze, 2010

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam.