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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  impact on social science, especially sciences of education.

The theoretical approaches to the Stranger conceived as a sociological category (i.e. Simmel, Schutz, Elias, Merton).

The themes related the (social) construction of (social) reality with a particular emphasis on "Orientalism" and the social construction the "other" (E. Said).

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 comprised of four parts. The first is mainly of a theoretical nature: it concern the phenomenological paradigm in the XX century wit a particular emphasis on the phenomenology of education. The Phenomenology of education is presented as  a theoretical framework for thinking and acting in high complex sociocultural  contexts; The other subsequent sections of the course focus on: the stranger as a socialogical category and an anlyser of everyday life;  insiderism vs outsiderism as  folk theory of knowledge; Orientalism as a cultural model; Figures and images of the cultural Other; the construction of social realities, the communicative constitution of social identities;  language, interaction and culture: the case of interethnic communication.


The mandatory reading are the following

1. Caronia, L. Fenomenologia dell'educazione, Milano, F.Angeli 2011

2. Zoletto D., Dall'intercultura ai contesti eterogenei. Presupposti teorici e ambiti di ricerca pedagogica, Franco Angeli, Milano, 2012.

 3. S. Tabboni, Lo straniero e l'altro. Napoli:Liguori, 2006

4.  F. Orletti. La Conversazione diseguale. Potere e interazione, Roma:Carocci, 200

Suggested reading

E. Said  Sempre nel posto sbagliato. Autobiografia. Milano: Feltrinelli, 2009

G. Lerner. Scintille. Una storia di anime vagabonde. Milano: Feltrinelli, 2009

Teaching methods

lectures, classroom discussion,  team work, collective assignments

Assessment methods

Written test.

Teaching tools

Lectures, Power point presentations, video and video analysis

Office hours

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