09660 - Sociology of Culture (A-E)

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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

The course aims to provide an analytical and comparative definition of cultural sociology, proposing to the student the learning and use of a specific model of interpretation, applied (and applicable) to the analysis of cultural objects. At the end of the course the student will be able to: - to clearly distinguish between sociologies of culture and cultural sociology; - to analyse and understand social phenomena such as "cultural objects"; - to apply a model of cultural analysis to different social processes and structures.

Course contents

The aim of the course is to provide students with the main theoretical and methodological tools for research and critical analysis in the field of Sociology of Culture.

The course is organized in lectures and seminars, as detailed in the following program.

The first section consists of 16 lectures (32 hours conducted remotly on MS TEAMS) aim to introduce students to the core tenets of the discipline. This first part of the course will propose a general framework on the main theories on sociology of culture. More specifically, in order to explore the concept of culture and the nature of its links with the social world in a global perspective, it will be considered the relationship between things, norms, values, beliefs and symbols.

The second section consists of 7 seminars (14 hours) aimed to provide occasions for in-depth discussions of class materials and exercises. In this second part the students will be divided into two or three groups, each of which will do all the seminars in classroom or remotely on MS-Teams.

The three groups will be created at the beginning of the course according to the students’ preferences and according to rules concerning the current pandemic emergency. Students are required to carefully read the assigned material before each seminar and active participation will also be expected. In this second part of the course the model of cultural analysis will be applied to some social phenomena, among which the social construction of the migrant and migrations with particular reference to the media representations of it, while influencing our sense of responsibility towards them.

Therefore, a total of 46 hours are scheduled for each student. Regardless of the health-related conditions and the specific organization of the course, students will be able to follow the lessons of the entire course remotely on MS TEAMS.


  1. Wendy Griswold, Sociologia della cultura, il Mulino, 2005 (for students attending only the first 5 chapters integrated by some insights uploaded to the virtual learning space of the course - https://virtuale.unibo.it/ ).
  2. Ambrosini Maurizio, L'invasione immaginaria. L'immigrazione oltre i luoghi comuni, Laterza, 2020 2005 (for students attending only the first 4 chapters).
  3. Musarò Pierluigi, Parmiggiani Paola, Taxi o ambulanze del mare? Politiche dell’immagine nella crisi dei migranti nel Mediterraneo, in «Problemi dell'Informazione», 1/2018, pp. 87-113, available on https://www.rivisteweb.it/doi/10.1445/89617.
  4. Bauman Z., Stranieri alle porte, Laterza, Bari, 2016.

Teaching methods

The course is organized in 16 lectures and 7 seminars. Lectures aim to introduce students to the core tenets of the discipline. Seminars aim to provide occasions for in-depth discussions of class materials. Students are required to carefully read the assigned material before the seminar sessions.

Assessment methods

For students who attend classes the exam is divided into two parts:

  • a midterm examination, at the end of October, on the program carried out in the first part of the lessons;
  • a final examination based on the program carried out in the second part of the lessons.

The final grade will be a weighted average of the two partial grades.

For students who do not attend the lessons, the final exam consists of an oral exam on the texts indicated in the exam bibliography.

Assessment scale

It will produce excellent valuations: the ability to deepen and put into connection with each other the main issues addressed in the course; the use of appropriate language with the specific nature of the discipline.

It will produce discrete valuations: mnemonic knowledge of contents and partial ability to link the themes covered; the use of appropriate language.

It will produce sufficient valuations: a minimal body of knowledge on the topics covered; the use of inappropriate language.

It will produce negative valuations: lack of guidance within the themes addressed in the exam readings and training gaps; the use of inappropriate language.

Teaching tools

Slides projected in class and made available to students through the platform Virtuale – Learning Environment.
This course includes a teaching tutor, la dr.ssa Lucia Marciante (https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/lucia.marciante2/), who students can contact by e-mail or by going to office hour. The teaching tutor gives information on the program, on specific content of the training activities of the course and on the exam.

Office hours

See the website of Paola Parmiggiani

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