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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student knows:

the basics of the  phenomenological paradigm and its application to the field of education;

The theoretical approaches to the Stranger conceived as a sociological category.

The themes related the (social) construction of (social) reality.

The insiderism vs outsiderism debate

She /he will be able to:

1. Identify the ideological dimension of scientific knowledge and  educational practices  

2. Understand and analyze  ordinary as well as institutional communication with a particular focus on:

The communicative construction of social identities

The communicative construction of the cases as problematic  or non problematic cases 




Course contents

The course is in 4 parts:

Phenomenology of education: a theoretical framework for thinking and acting in high complex sociocultural contexts;

The Foreigner as an analyser  of the community's everyday knowledge and commonsensical  assumptions and implicit moral orders.

The construction of social realities: the communicative constitution of social identities;

Language, interaction and culture: the case of interethnic communication; the case of social conflicts and forms of mediation.


The mandatory readings are: 

L. Caronia, Fenomenologia dell'educazione. Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2011.

F. Orletti, La conversazione diseguale. Potere e interazione. Roma, Carocci, 2000

Speacial  Issue of Salute e Società, 1, 2013

 F. Scaparro (ed. by ), Il coraggio di mediare, Milano, Guerini, 2001. Only chapters  N. 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11 e 12

 F. Zannoni, La città divisa. Conflittualità, confini, prove di comunità,Franco Angeli, Milano, 2015.

Teaching methods

The contents of the section "Pedagogy, cultural differences, confocts and mediation" are mainly provided through: Lectures, discussions, classroom collective works; video presentation and analysis.

Assessment methods


To obtain the lowest grades (i.e. 18 or19) and pass the exam, the student should respond correctly to 55% of the items .

To obtain a low grade (20 - 23)  the rate of correct answer should be comprised in the range from 62. % to 68. %

To obtain a medium grade (>24, < = 26) the rate of correct answer should be comprised in the range from 75. % to 81. %

To obtain a high grade (>27, < = 30) the rate of correct answer should be comprised in the range from 87. % to 93 %

to obtain the highest grade (30 cum laude) the rate of correct answer should be 100%

Teaching tools

Power point presentations (they are temporary tools for the lesson, they are not available for nor provided to to the students )

Video analysis

Seminars by experts


Office hours

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