75792 - Pedagogy of Artistic Expression (1) (LM)

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Music and Theatre Studies (cod. 8837)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student: - is able to problematize the theme of artistic expression in its various components; - it is able to observe and evaluate teaching and training activities among specific type of artistic skills; - has developed its own concept of teaching / training in relation to its specific field of artistic expression; - is able to formulate methodological principles functional to the field of artistic expression of its competence.

Course contents

This course presents a partially experimental system that requires active and critical participation by the interested Students. That is why attendance is strongly recommended. To be allowed to take the exams, non-attending students are required to participate to two meetings , at least two months before the possible exam date during the teacher’s office hours.  This is a pre-professional course, primarily addressed to cultural and social workers, but also to educators and teachers (indeed, school teachers carry out education activities about self-expression, at all school levels, inside and outside the school). Therefore, it can be usefully integrated with the course of Theory and practice of education/training.

The course includes some seminar lessons by other Teachers, with the aim of a multidisciplinary integration justified by didactic and scientific reasons.

The first aim of the course concerns the definition of "artistic expression" as a holistic and integrated activity, and the understanding of the relationship between emotional/motivational dimensions and specific technical skills / competences, especially throughout childhood. In order to orient them to a proper use of communication, the course aims to promote in educators and teachers, involved in activities related to artistic expression, a self-reflexive comprehension of their experience (representations, motivations, emotions).

The course will focus on the intersections between art, religion and education, with attention to singing, dancing, dramatization and images. Specific differentiated paths, and personal readings, will be agreed with the attending students.


General part:

Caputo M., Pinelli G. (a cura di), Pedagogia dell’espressione artistica, Franco Angeli, Milano, 2019.

Caputo M. (a cura di), Espressione artistica e contesti formativi, Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2019.

Moscato M.T., Premesse per una pedagogia del lavoro: l'apprendistato come forma strutturale, "Formazione, Lavoro, persona", anno VI, n. 16, pp. 52-76 (materiali didattici online).

Monographic part:

Caputo M., Pinelli G. (a cura di), Arte, religiosità, educazione, Franco Angeli, Milano, 2018.

Book for non-attending students:

Moscato M.T., Il viaggio come metafora pedagogica, Scholé, Brescia, 2019 (ristampa).

Teaching methods

According to the educational objectives of the course, which aims to obtain the active participation of the students, frontal lessons, participatory lessons, classroom activities conducted by the teacher will be used in alternation with each other.

The teaching methods indicated may vary in relation to the University indications relating to the management of the current health emergency.

Assessment methods

The exam will evaluate the student's personal activities, which had been agreed with the teacher through the tutoring meetings. The exam may include an integrative interview.

Rating Descriptors:

  • The student demonstrates a thorough knowledge and a comprehensive view of the issues proposed in the course, an expressive capacity of the content required for the autonomous and appropriate use of both the specific language and the methodological tools of the discipline, knows provide an original reflection on problems and Pedagogical themes (27 - 30 e lode).

  • The student demonstrates that he possesses an appropriate but incomplete knowledge of the topics proposed in the course, with a relevant but not always specific language, uses the methodological tools of the discipline independently and correctly guides the problems and pedagogical themes (22-26).

  • The student demonstrates that he possesses a relevant but inappropriate knowledge (or appropriate with linguistic-formal errors) of the topics proposed in the course, uses, if guided, the methodological tools of the discipline and he focuses on problems and pedagogical issues (18 - 21).

  • The student demonstrates numerous gaps in the preparation, expresses non-relevant knowledge and / or conceptual errors, or with serious linguistic errors, can not use the conceptual and methodological tools, and does not know how to navigate among the themes and issues of the discipline (examinations not passed).

Office hours

See the website of Michele Caputo


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