71666 - Sociology of Fashion

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

Quality education

Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to acquire the basic information on the evolution of fashion from the distinctive practice of the European bourgeois class to a medium of mass communication. The course explores the different social, cultural, economic and political meanings associated with fashion.

Course contents

Fashion in the social sciences; the difference between clothing as a material product and fashion as a cultural product.


Compulsory Readings

1. S. Segre Reinach, La moda. Un'introduzione, Laterza Roma Bari 2010.

2. P. Calefato, Fashion Theory, http://www.studiculturali.it/dizionario/pdf/fashion_theory.pdf

3. Luisa Ciuni and Marina Spadafora La rivoluzione inizia dal tuo armadio Solferino 2020

Suggested Reading

Y. Kawamura, La moda, Il Mulino Bologna 2006.

Teaching methods

Theoretical lessons by the teacher; individual and group presentations by students; targeted research on weekly current topics.

Assessment methods

Final written test; 31 questions in "multiple choice" mode; no penalty for mistaken answers.

Teaching tools

Videos, interviews, hyperlinks

Office hours

See the website of Simona Maria Segre Reinach