00045 - Cultural Anthropology

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Academic Year 2017/2018

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, the student will be able to: identify the main theoretical and methodological approaches that the have been characteryzing  tha anthropological studies; - identify the transformation of the conceptssunch as culture, identity and ethnicity; - apply the theoretical knowledges for the analyses of social processes (inculturation, social marginality, migration ecc,)

Course contents

The course aims to provide a general introduction to history of anthropology, to the key concepts as well as to the main theoretical and methodological issues and debates that have been that have been characterizing the discipline. The first par of the course will focus on the origine enad developmente of the anthropology especially on the researh dedicated on childhood and education. The second part of the course in focus to introduce some anthropological fields particularly on anthropological research dedicated on processes on inculturation/acculturation, processes migration, mobility and globalization.
- the anthropology onb education and the life contexts for early childhood and families
- the anthropology of gender and processes of costruction of identities.


  • F. Giacalone, Il tempo e la complessità. Teorie e metodi dell'antropologia culturale, Milano, Franco Angeli, 2017
  • C. Rossi, Antropologia culturale. Appunti di metodo per la ricerca nei mondi contemporanei, Milano Guerini 2003 (solo il capitolo 1) e un testo a scelta nella bibliografia di riferimento presentata a lezione e allegata nei materiali didattici.
  • Un testo dalla bibliografia presente nei materiali didattici o i saggi utilizzati in classe (e pubblicati nei materiali didattici)

Teaching methods

The course makes use of audiovisual material, ethnografical texts, case studies. Part of the course will bee on elearning mode.

Assessment methods

Written examination based on three open questions that aim at assessing students' knowledge the teaching programme contents.

The three questions deal with general issues; it is up to students demonstrating their in-depth and detailed preparation through their anwers. 

The assessment procedure is grounding on the following criteria: a) detailed knowledge of the teaching programme contents and, specifically, of the books contentes; b) language proficiency; c) ability to be consistent with the issue proposed; d) ability to apply the thereotical background to concrete case studies and examples related to childcare settings.

Students must sign-up to the Alma Esami Portal by the set deadlines in order to attend the exam. Those who failed to enroll in due times for technical-related issues, must promptly report the problem to the Student Administration Office (before the official closing date of the enrollment procedure). The lecturer can allow them accessing the exam.

Teaching tools

The course makes use audiovisual material, execises, ppt

Office hours

See the website of Giovanna Guerzoni