85034 - Sociology of Communication

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

Good health and well-being Gender equality Responsible consumption and production

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The Course of Sociology of Communication aims to help you to see and to analyse the main social trends in the “post”-modern society, and the relevance of sport and exercise in it. A lot of theoretical and empirical tools will be presented, so you will be able to better understand the dynamics in leisure time, the social relevance of mega-sport events suc as Olympics Paralympics and World Football Championships, the politics for health and movement of the people, the new practices (fitness, wellness, etc.) in the up-to-date society, etc.

Course contents

The course will outline the five main approaches to sport and physical activities, which are most frequently used by sociologists today. In addition, paying attention to the methods and techniques of social research, the Course will cover topics such as:

1. Sport and modernity: values , identity and disputes;

2. Sport and community: socialization, communication and deviance;

3.Sport as wellness production


These topics will be illustrated by case studies, examples and data, which will show that sport is a typical phenomenon of the modern society, and therefore it can be properly understood only with the help of social sciences, and of the sociology, obviously.


Recommended readings

Martelli S. e Porro, N. Manuale di Sociologia dello sport e dell'attività fisica, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2013, only chapters 1, 2, 3. 

Teaching methods

Face-to-face lessons slides assisted, and case studies introduced by the new technologies of communications

Assessment methods

A test will be get about the book.The teacher will give to the student, at the end of the course, three questions. The student will have to write a short paper. 

Office hours

See the website of Luca Guizzardi