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  • Teacher William Grandi

  • Credits 3

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

On completion of the laboratory students are able to understand meaning and sense of the work, in terms of comprhehension of concepts and their crucial relations, taking into account theoretical concerns as well as empirical and experimental ones.

Course contents

The purpose of the workshop is to provide students with an opportunity to explore the world of storytelling for children and young-adult (books, picture books, movies, and narratives) in order to show some particular perspective on the relationship between tales and social unease (e.g., urban suburbs, prisons, diseases, diversities, migrations). Storytelling can help address the disconnection between young people and their environment as stories and pictures can create empathy and knowledge: as Morin and other scholars note, movies allow people to intimately and emotionally understand the situation of a person living hundred miles away in a different way; and this remark is correct also for books, comics, videogames.
The purpose of the workshop is not to indicate simple solutions to certain youth problems through stories: this could be a useless illusion. The real purpose of this educational activity is to show how stories can help to identify autonomous paths of personal and collective growth.

Inscription to the workshop on Almaesami website.


Here are some texts to learn more about the topics covered during the workshop:

A. Faeti, Marion a Weimar. L'immaginario nell'età del sospetto, Bompiani, Milano, 1996.

E. Morin, La testa ben fatta, Raffaello Cortina Editore, Milano, 2000.

A. Bergala, L'ipotesi cinema. Piccolo trattato di educazione al cinema nella scuola e non solo, Edizioni Cineteca di Bologna, bologna, 2008.

Teaching methods

Activities will be mainly carried out through work in small groups. The student groups will always consist of the same members so as to give continuity to their work and objectivity to the final evaluation of the materials developed by each team.

Assessment methods

During each meeting, small groups of students will develop materials for reflection and detailed study on the topics that they have addressed. Learning is assessed by a final evaluation of these materials by the course professor: evaluation of the level of the involvement in the activities of the workshop.

The final score will not be based on /30; it will be a qualification ("workshop passed"/"workshop not passed").

Teaching tools

Video, Picture Books, Internet.

Office hours

See the website of William Grandi