Intercultural Competences (2019/2020)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Agostino Portera
Agostino Portera
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. 2A, Sem. 2B

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding 1. Knowing and Understanding the fundamental concepts of intercultural competences, their operating methods and the limits of their measurement. 2. Understanding the meaning and value of working and research methods of intercultural education in different contexts. Applying knowledge and understanding 1. Improving the own intercultural competences, by development of practical educational projects and pedagogical researches. 2. Using the acquired intercultural competences, verifying their validity and effectiveness in all the situations, especially in those characterized by conflicts generated by ethnic, social or cultural differences. 3. Developing the ability of learning from own personal, cultural and professional experience in heterogeneous contexts.


1. Fundamental elements of general and intercultural pedagogy:
- fundamental elements of general pedagogy and new pedagogical movements (problematicism, empiricism, personalism);
- epistemology and development of transcultural and multicultural pedagogy;
- epistemology and development of intercultural pedagogy.
2. Researches and models of intercultural competences:
- critical reflection on models and theories of intercultural competence;
- modus operandi and limitations on the assessment of intercultural competences;
- functioning of a model of intercultural competences developed in Verona.
3. Methods of intercultural education in the educational practice:
- intercultural competence at school, at home, in the jobs, in the media and in society;
- management of conflicts and intercultural mediation;
- cooperative learning, problem solving, management of heterogeneous and complex groups.

The classes include frontal lessons, group discussions and exercises in small groups.

For the final exam it is necessary to study five books.

General part
- PORTERA, A., Manuale di Pedagogia interculturale, Laterza, Roma, 2017 (3rd Edition)

Monographic part

- Portera, A., Dusi, P. (a cura di), Neoliberalismo, Educazione e Competenze interculturali. Franco Angeli, Milano, 2016.
- CHOEN-EMERIQUE, M., Per un approccio interculturale nelle professioni sociali e educative. Erickson, Trento, 2017.
- AA.VV., Gestione dei conflitti e mediazione interculturale, Franco Angeli, Milano 2005.

The course includes theoretical-practical exercises that are an integral part of the exam programme. One of the following texts (that won’t have to be used for other exams) has to be used to analyze in depth the practical part:
- *PORTERA, A., Milani M. (a cura di) Competenze interculturali e successo formativo, Ets Edizioni, Pisa, 2019.

- *PORTERA, A., BÖHM W., SECCO, L., Educabilità, educazione e Pedagogia nella società complessa. UTET, Torino, 2007.

- *Portera, A., Dusi, P. (a cura di), Neoliberalismo, Educazione e Competenze interculturali. Franco Angeli, Milano, 2016.

- AA.VV., Competenze interculturali, Angeli, Milano, 2013.

- *AA.VV., Educazione interculturale alla cittadinanza, Carocci, Roma, 2008.

- *PORTERA, A, LA MARCA, A. CATARCI, M., Pedagogia interculturale, La Scuola, Brescia, 2015.

- SANTERINI, M., Formazione Interculturale: teoria e pratica. Unicopli, Milano, 2007.

- GUIDETTI, B., Educazione e pedagogia interculturale in azienda. Angeli, Milano, 2008.

- AGOSTI A. (A CURA DI), La formazione, Franco Angeli, Milano 2006

- CORTE, M., Comunicazione e giornalismo interculturale, CEDAM, Padova, 2006.

- * MILANI, M., A scuola di competenze interculturali. Metodi e pratiche pedagogiche per l’inclusione scolastica. F. Angeli, Milano, 2017.

- * LAMBERTI S., Apprendimento cooperativo e educazione interculturale, Erickson, Trento, 2010.

- *PORTERA, A. Globalizzazione e pedagogia interculturale, Erickson, Trento, 2006.

- PORTERA, A., La pedagogia interculturale nella teoria e nella pratica, CEDAM, Padova, 2000

- NIGRIS E., (a cura di), Pedagogia e didattica interculturale, Pearson, Milano 215.

- 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, 2004

- GIUSTI, M., Teorie e metodi di pedagogia interculturale, Utet, Roma, 2017

- FIORUCCI M., Pinto Minerva F., Portera A. (a cura di), Gli alfabeti dell’intercultura, Edizioni Ets, Pisa, 2017.

- *PORTERA, A., ALBERTINI G., LAMBERTI S., Disabilità dello sviluppo, educazione e Cooperative Learning. Un approccio interculturale, F. Angeli, Milano, 2015.

* text recommended for not-attending students

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
AA.VV., Gestione dei conflitti e mediazione interculturale FrancoAngeli 2005 Mandatory/Obbligatorio
PORTERA, A. Manuale di Pedagogia interculturale Laterza 2020 Mandatory book/Libro obbligatorio PS Another book has to be chosen from the list in the program (total books: 5)/ Oltre ai libri obbligatori, aggiungere un testo a scelta tra quelli presenti nella lista. In totale i libri da studiare sono 5.
Portera, A., Dusi, P. (a cura di), Neoliberalismo, Educazione e Competenze interculturali FrancoAngeli 2016 Mandatory/Obbligatorio
CHOEN-EMERIQUE, M. Per un approccio interculturale nelle professioni sociali e educative. Erickson 2017 Mandatory/Obbligatorio

Assessment methods and criteria

The educational and evaluation modalities of learning will be communicated at the beginning of the lessons. The exam aims at verifying the level of achievement of the educational objectives previously mentioned. The exam consists of a written test with closed questions from some textbooks and an open question. The oral exam on all the textbooks can be taken on the same day, after getting the result of the written test.