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Secondo Semestre

Training objectives

The course of Cultural Anthropology and Communication aims to introduce firstly qualitative research in anthropology and secondly anthropological theories and interpretations in studying media and in employing them to produce ethnographic research.

Acquired knowledge will be: analytical tools to understand the complexity of communication processes from an anthropological point of view; the analysis of specific and different communicative environments.

The main skills (ie the ability to apply the knowledge acquired) will be: analyze, from the perspective of ethnographic research, some well-known theories in the field of anthropology of communication.



Course programme

The 60-hour course is divided in lectures, exercise and presentations of ethnographic research discussed with students.

The contents of the course are the following:
Brief history, theory and method of cultural anthropology: (4 hours);
Urban Anthropology (6 hours);
Political Anthropology (2 hours);
Anthropology of religion (2 hours);
Anthropology of migration (2 hours);
Anthropology of language (2 hours);
Economic anthropology (2 hours);
Anthropology of education (2 hours);
Anthropology of communication (4 hours);
Field research (6 hours).
Presentation of ethnographic research (15 hours)
Indoors and outdoors exercises (15 hours)

Didactic methods

The course is organized as follows:

Lectures (30 hours)
Presentation of field research through audiovisual materials (15 hours)
Discussion (indoors and outdoors exercises, 15 hours)

The lessons will all be face to face and will be recorded and uploaded to the platform

Learning assessment procedures

The aim of the examination is to test the achievement of the previously mentioned educational goals.

The exam is written:

The exam is written:

Research Project about a specific urban environment for those present in the class

Open question based on exam texts for those not attending the class

Reference texts

"Ibridi ferraresi" di Giuseppe Scandurra, Meltemi, Roma 2020

Students not attending classe have to learn "Mappe e sentieri", di Barbara Pizzo, Giacomo Pozzi e Giuseppe Scandurra and ten lessons of Anthropology on the web, in addition to two books.