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

Gender equality Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the workshop the student will achieve the following competences and skills:

- using independently or within projects organized by the institutionsthe specific tools learned;

- negotiating with others how to use and report the tools learned;

- using the specific knowledge achieved in different types of service;

- assessing limits and potentialities of the tools learned;

- understanding how to transfer the tools learned in different settings by adapting and amending them.

Course contents

The workshop aims at presenting and testing different ethnographic research techniques in order to provide students with useful tools for the observation, description and understanding - from an anthropological perspective - of the professional and organizational contexts in which they will carry out their internship and where they will operate as educators.

Using specific ethnographies and films, the main anthropological research tools, as well as the idea of “fieldwork” will be introduced. Particular attention will be devoted to the applicative dimension of anthropological research and to the ethical dilemmas that this entails.

Students will test - through exercises and short individual or group ethnographic explorations - some specific investigative tools (field diary, participant observation, shadowing, in depth interviews) and will be invited to discuss, from a critical and reflexive perspective, their limits and potential.


Biscaldi A. (a cura di), Etiche della ricerca in antropologia applicata, in “Antropologia pubblica”, v.2, n.2,; accessibile in https://riviste-clueb.online/index.php/anpub/issue/view/10

Biscaldi A., Matera V., Antropologia dei social media. Comunicare nel mondo globale, Roma, Carocci, 2019

Bonetti R., Etnografie in bottiglia. Apprendere per relazioni nei contesti educativi, Milano, Meltemi, 2019

Cappelletto F., Vivere l´etnografia, Verona, Seid, 2009

Malighetti R., Molinari A., Il metodo e l'antropologia. Il contributo di una scienza inquieta, Milano, Raffaello Cortina, 2016

Pennacini, C. (a cura di), La ricerca sul campo in antropologia. Oggetti e metodi, Roma, Carocci, 2010

Rossi C., Antropologia culturale, Milano, Guerini Associati, 2003

Semi G., L´osservazione partecipante. Una guida pratica, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2010

Teaching methods

Critical discussion of both the materials provided by the professor and the tools that will be tested during the workshop; group exercises; ethnographic explorations outside the classroom setting.

Assessment methods

The evaluation will draw on the in itinere activities and exercises carried out during the workshop.

Teaching tools

Excerpts from monographs, audio-visual documents.

Office hours

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