42780 - Pedagogy of Interculturalism

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student knows: the main connections between migration and learning processes, expecially when second generation immigrants are involved; the multicultural family models, with special attention to international adoption; the developmental processes of children and adolescents with foreign origins (or internationally adopted); the contemporary debate on multiculturalism and interculturalism. He is also aware of tools and strategies to plan and evaluate training courses on intercultural education in extra-school contexts; he understands the categorisation processes related to the formation of stereotypes and prejudices and is sensible to the aim to overcome ethnic conflicts; he knows historical, social and cultural factors that lead to racist attitudes and behaviors.

Course contents

The first part of the course will explore the main concepts and knowledge connected to the multicultural societies. It aims to promote understanding and reflection on new possible approaches for active citizenship. The topics covered in the course are the following:
- globalisation;  - multicultural societies and intercultural approach;  - stereotypes, prejudices and vocational approach;  - racism and cultural relativism;  - migration in the literature: the german and the italian case;  - diversity, differences, valorisation of the differences;  - assimilation, segregation and integration;  - intercultural education: construction and evaluation of outside-school learning paths   - conflict management. 
The topics will be explained and discussed through frontal lessons and then the students are expected to deepen topics in which are particular interestd through workgroups aiming at produce a multimedial presentazion to be discussed and defended in plenum with teacher and others students. This presentation represent part of the final assessment.

The second part of the course is tailored on the specif topics ot this degree course and handele with a pedagogical analisys  of migration in the literatur based on the German and the Italian case


1. Cuconato M. (2017), Pedagogia e letteratura della migrazione. Sguardi sulla scrittura che cura e resiste, Carocci, Roma.

2. Genovese A., Per una pedagogia interculturale, Bononia University Press, Bologna, 2003. 

Students that can't attend the lessons have to chose two additional books between the following three:

1. Mosse G. M., Il razzismo in Europa. Dalle origini all'Olocausto, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2007.  

2. La Cecla F., Il malinteso. Antropologia dell'incontro, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2007

3. Filippini F., Genovese A., Zannoni F., Fuori dal silenzio, Clueb, Bologna, 2010.

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons, group discussions, workshops and seminars

Assessment methods

Studentia choose between the different topic of intercultural pedagogic presented during the cours and afterthat them have to produce a multimedial presentation connecting them with literatur work or films in wich they are represented.  The working group sharing a common interest on a specific topic are expected to present and discuss their work with teacher and other students. The presentation is evaluated on a points range of 30 and each of the 5 assessing elements could receice a score from 1 to 6.

1. Knowledge of the topic

2. Explanatory accuracy

3. Costruction of multimedial artefact

4. Capacity to interact with the plenum

5. Capacity to motivate bibliographyc selection and expressed points of view.

to this assessment taking place during the course will follow an oral examination espressed on a scale of 30 points and each element to be evaluated coul receive a score from 1 to 10:

1. Knowledge of the topic 

2. Argumentative capacity

3. Capacity to analyse, sinthesyse and interconnect with topic f other disciplines

exam and short essay

Teaching tools

power point and films choosen both by teacher and students, literary pieces and newspaper articles on the topic migration and social integration in the multicultural societies

Office hours

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