78988 - Anthropology, Gender and Communication Processes

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Moduli: Beatrice Spallaccia (Modulo 1) Beatrice Spallaccia (Modulo 2)
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures (Modulo 1) Traditional lectures (Modulo 2)
  • Campus: Forli
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Intercultural and Linguistic Mediation (cod. 8059)

Learning outcomes

The student (a) knows the key elements of communication as a socio-cultural event, (b) can evaluate and apply ethically correct practices in the field, (c) can develop further higher-level socio-communication knowledge and skills and apply them also in the areas of mediation and translation.

Course contents

The course aims to explore issues related to gender and gender identities, exploring the theories developed in the fields of anthropology and communication studies.

Particular attention is given to the analysis of gender representations in new media, with an intersectional approach, through the tools provided by Critical Discourse Studies and Queer Linguistics. The course includes exercises and discussions among students.


The bibliography for the course consists of the texts listed below, along with papers that are available on the Virtuale platform.

Wodak, Ruth e Michael Meyer (2016) (a cura di) Methods of Critical Discourse Studies (3. ed), Los Angeles: Sage.

Lazar, Michelle (2005) (a cura di) Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis: Gender Power and Ideology in Discourse, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Bernini, Lorenzo (2017) Le teorie queer: un'introduzione, Milano: Mimesis.

Salih, Sara (2003) (a cura di) The Judith Butler Reader, Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Teaching methods

Class lectures and discussions through individual and group works.

Assessment methods

Attending students: Written exam (paper) at the end of the course.

Non-attending students: Written exam (paper) + additional written exam with open-ended questions. NB: non-attending students are kindly asked to contact the professor at the beginning of the course.


Learning assessment scale:

30-30L (excellent): Excellent, in-depth knowledge of the course content, excellent ability to apply theoretical concepts, excellent exposition, as well as excellent capacity for critical analysis in an intersectional perspective.

27-29 (above average): Accurate and extensive knowledge of content, good ability to apply theoretical concepts, ability for critical analysis, accurate and correct exposition.

24-26 (generally sound): Appropriate content knowledge, fair ability to apply theoretical concepts and to present content.

21-23 (sufficient): Appropriate but not extensive knowledge of content, partial ability to apply theoretical concepts, presentation of content acceptable.

18-20 (minimum): Sufficient but superficial knowledge of content, simple exposition, uncertainties in the application of theoretical concepts.

Failed: Fragmented and superficial knowledge of content, errors in applying concepts, poor exposition. The exam must be repeated.

Teaching tools

Resources available on Virtuale.

Office hours

See the website of Beatrice Spallaccia


Quality education Gender equality Reduced inequalities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.