Social Pedagogy (2014/2015)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Gabriel Maria Sala
Gabriel Maria Sala
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. IIA, Sem. IIB

Lesson timetable

Sem. IIA
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.6 from Mar 6, 2015  to Apr 19, 2015
Monday 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.6  
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.6 from Mar 6, 2015  to Apr 19, 2015
Wednesday 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.6 from Mar 6, 2015  to Apr 19, 2015
Friday 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.6 from Mar 6, 2015  to Apr 19, 2015
Friday 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.6 from Mar 6, 2015  to Apr 19, 2015
Sem. IIB
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.6  
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.6  
Wednesday 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.6  
Friday 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.6  
Friday 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.6  

Learning outcomes

The course will offer a comparison between the processes of formation, lifestyles and practices of care in different societies, trying to identify and compare the myths and rituals on which they are based.
Course participants will be invited to question themselves about the models of knowledge and on operational techniques of education and care for people or groups belonging to contexts and organizations of different societies and cultures.
Each student, within a small group first, and in relation to other groups, after, will have to learn how to build a space of interaction in which to test concrete techniques and methods of training and care between people, groups and communities.

The course will include the following elements:

 lectures and seminars
 constitution and experience of working in small groups (5-7 students)
 exercises for research methods: stories and screenplays construction
 presentation of work, research, and individual and collective experiences
 preparation of a mid-term performance and final group essay
 drafting of a 'diary path' outlining individual and group's work
 selection and organization of own work for a website


Program/Module Handbook :


1) Ways and forms of knowledge:

 Research theories and methods in clinical and in training
 Transmission of knowledge and processes of initiation
 Order and disorder, evil and disease
 Cosmogonies and world views

2) Training and care between traditional and modern societies:

 Traditional societies: techniques and practices of initiation and therapy
 Modern societies: techniques and practices of training and therapy
 The power of the image and the presence of the word
 Babel: languages, translations, misunderstandings and betrayals
 Trainers, educators, therapists, interpreters and mediators

3) Watching and seeing between day and night:

 Illusions, visions, dreams and trust in reality: dark days and bright nights
 Seeing the invisible: the prophets and thaumaturgists in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
 Seeing the invisible: healers of Africa and America, shamans of Mongolia and Kamchatka Peninsula
 Trades and inspirations: the theatre of dream and the operational stage


Lê Thành Khôi (1995) Educazione e civiltà, Armando, Roma, 1999
Adriana Piga, L’islam in Africa, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino, 2003
Adnane Mokrani Leggere il Corano a Roma, Cipax, Roma, 2010
Louis Massignon, L’ospitalità di Abramo, Medusa, 2002, Milano
Wendy Doniger (1988) I miti degli altri, Adelphi, Milano, 2003
Wendy Doniger Sogni, illusioni e altre realtà, Adelphi, Milano, 2005
Wendy Doninger La differenza sdoppiata, Adelphi, Milano, 2008
George Devereux (1967) From anxiety to method in the behavioral sciences, Mouton-The Hague, Paris
Paul H. Riesman (1974) Società e libertà nei Peul Djelgôbé dell'Alto Volta, Jaca Book - Trauben, Milano, 1999
Amadu Hampaté Ba Amkoulel, il bambino fulbe, Ibis, Como, 2001
Amadu Hampaté Bâ (1980) Il saggio di Bandiagara, L'ottava, Milano, 1986
Amadu Hampaté Bâ (1969) Koodal. Lo splendore della Stella, Coletti, Roma1989
Amadu Hampaté Bâ, (1993) Petit Bodiel, Simnos, Milano,98
John G. Neihardt, (1961) Alce Nero parla, Adelphi Milano 1968
Sigmund Freud (1892-1920) Casi clinici, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino, 1991
Tobie Nathan, Isabelle Stengers (1995) Medici e stregoni, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino, 1996
Tobie Nathan (1993) Principi di etnopsicoanalisi, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino, 1996
Tobie Nathan (1995) Dieu-Dope. Un solo dio la droga, Gruppo Abele, Torino, 1997
Pierre Pichot, Tobie Nathan (1998) Quale avvenire per la psichiatria e la psicoterapia?, Colibrì, Milano, 1998
Tobie Nathan, Natalie Zajde (2012) Psicoterapia democratica, Cortina, Milano, 2013
Tobie Nathan (2001) Non siamo soli al mondo, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino, 2003
Tobie Nathan (2011) Una nuova interpretazione dei sogni, Cortina, Milano, 2011
Françoise Sironi (1999) Carnefici e vittime, Feltrinelli, Milano, 2001
Françoise Sironi (2007) Violenze collettive, Feltrinelli, Milano, 2010
Gabriel Maria Sala (2003) Il rumore delle pietre. Verità e finzione nelle storie cliniche e nelle pratiche di cura, in Iveno Gamelli (a cura di) Il prisma autobiografico, Unicopli, Milano
Gabriel Maria Sala (2014) Mediazioni necessarie, QuiEdit, Verona
Gabriel Maria Sala (2013) Il lavoro etnoclinico, QuiEdit, Verona
Remimi Hess, (1999), La pratica del diario, Besa, Nardò, 2000
Claudia Masia, Scrivere il memoir, Dino Audino, Roma, 2010
Lajos Egri, (2009) L’arte del personaggio, Dino Audino, Roma
Olivier Sacks (2013) Allucinazioni, Adelphi, Milano
Valeria P. Babini ( 2009) Liberi tutti, il Mulino, Bologna
Roberto Beneduce, Elisabeth Roudinesco (a cura di) (2005) Antropologia della cura, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino

Assessment methods and criteria

Assessments details:

The student's assessment will take place throughout the duration of the course and it will be implemented through a programmed experimentation of:

 self-assessment of performance and individual and group works
 identification of qualitative methods of assessment and assessment of learning, readings, teaching model and of the organization of the course
 Open assessment of the final performance.

Please Note: All students, attending classes or not, wishing to take the exam at any session of the academic year 2014- 2015 are required to participate in the preparatory meetings on Wednesday Jan 14 2015 (lecture room T1 at 4.30 pm) and on Wednesday, Jan 28 2015 (lecture room T5 at 4.30 pm) and they must be registered to the group exercises by sending an e-mail by Jan 2 2015.
Specific meetings (at least five) will be established for students who do not attend classes and they must sign up during the preparatory meetings mentioned above.
For further information on the course please contact the lecturer during office hours on Wednesday, 15-17, by Jan 23 2015.