Training Philosophy (2018/2019)

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Antonietta De Vita
Antonietta De Vita
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Sem. 2A, Sem. 2B

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Learning outcomes

The course guides students through the varied epistemological foundations of the philosophies of education and training applied in organisational contexts, complete with associated models, languages and practices.
Using classroom discussions as an exercise in applied philosophy, students will learn to analyse different approaches to training, and explore the issue of work and training from the standpoint of the capability approach and human development approach.


1. Outline the concept of “training for human development”
2. Clarify the relationship between “training for human development” and the “capability approach”;
3. Define the role of the trainer as an originator of processes of learning

4. Define the key competences required by a trainer in terms of their role as originator or processes within an organisation;
5. Evaluate the capability approach as a method for training for human development in the various contexts considered

6. The course will employ the following teaching methods:
- Lecture-style lessons;
- Group discussions;
- Philosophical dialogue;
- Exercises/practice activities.
7. Evaluation of learning outcomes (via discussions, interviews, questionnaires)

The topic will try to answer the question: What training is necessary for which job? In a time when production systems have changed in the sense of bio-capitalism, what is the role of training? We will critically address training "for profit" and training "for human development" by trying to focus on the main critical points and the consequences for individuals in training and for organizational contexts.

The course includes lectures, opportunities for active participation by students, teamwork, guest speakers and some experiential moments.
1. Castoriadis C., Lasch C., La cultura dell’egoismo. L’anima umana sotto il capitalismo, Elèuthera, 2014.
2. Mayo Peter, Vittoria Paolo, Saggi di pedagogia critica oltre il neoliberismo, Società Editrice Fiorentina, 2017.

3. D’Aniello F., Le mani sul cuore. Pedagogia e biopolitiche del lavoro, Aras Edizioni 2015.
4. Bertell L., Lavoro ECOautonomo. Dalla sostenibilità del lavoro alla praticabilità della vita, Elèuthera.
5. Olivetti A., Ai lavoratori, Edizioni di Comunità, 2012.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Adriano Olivetti Ai lavoratori Edizioni di Comunità 2012
Cornelius Castoriadis, Christopher Lasch La cultura dell'egoismo. L'anima umana sotto il capitalismo elèuthera 2014
Lucia Bertell Lavoro ecoautonomo. Dalla sostenibilità del lavoro alla praticabilità della vita (Edizione 2016) elèuthera 2016
Peter Mayo, Paolo Vittoria Saggi di pedagogia critica oltre il neoliberismo Società Editrice Fiorentina 2017

Assessment methods and criteria

A) Assessment for attending students is in two parts: 1. a written composition discussing a piece of personal research on a specific issue, and reflecting as appropriate on the texts in the bibliography; 2. an oral presentation delivered in the course of a special learning day.
B) Assessment for non-attending students comprises an oral examination to assess knowledge of the course texts and the student’s critical and interpretive capacities in relation to the issues covered.