90413 - Communication and Mediation Processes of Information

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  • Teacher Giulia Crippa

  • Credits 6

  • SSD SPS/08

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Ravenna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Library and Archive Science (cod. 9077)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale


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

Quality education Gender equality Sustainable cities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to provide a historical-sociological approach to the relationship between institutions and information practices in their insertion in social contexts and in the imaginary. At the end of the course, students will be able to understand the communication processes built from the social need for information and the related requests. Students will be able to establish relationships between theories, techniques and professional practices, through the presentation of communication experiences such as mediation and information reception in different socio-historical contexts.

Course contents

Cultural paradigm shifts and social and political reconfigurations
Concept of Mediation/Definitions
Culture, technologies, citizens and cultural policies.
Cultural Studies and mediation
Rethinking institutions and mediations from socio-cultural changes
Libraries and museums: cultural practices and political actions
- Reading Practices
- Digital convergence
- Mediation practices



GRISWOLD, Wendy. Sociologia della cultura. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2019

SOLIMINE, Giovanni e ZANCHINI, Giorgio. La cultura orizzontale. Bari: Laterza, 2020

BURKE, Peter. Dall'Encyclopédie a Wikipedia. Storia sociale della conoscenza 2. Bologna. Il Mulino, 2013. CAPITOLI 3 ("Disseminando conoscenza") e 7 ("Geografie della conoscenza").

Suggested complementary bibliography

CANCLINI, Nestor G. Culture Ibride – Strategie per entrare e uscire dalla modernità. Milano: Guerini, 2000.

PALFREY, John. Bibliotech. Milano: Bibliografica, 2016

MARTEL, Frédéric. Smart: inchiesta sulle reti. Milano, Feltrinelli, 2015.

TILDEN, Freeman. Interpretare il nostro patrimonio. Novara: Libreria geografica, 2019.

For NON ATTENDING students:  1 text to choose from:

MARTEL, Frédéric. Smart: inchiesta sulle reti. Milano, Feltrinelli, 2015.

TILDEN, Freeman. Interpretare il nostro patrimonio. Novara: Libreria geografica, 2019.

Further readings MAY be suggested during the course

Teaching methods

The course emphasises participatory teaching. Teaching is carried out through lectures and the use of technological aids. It is also carried out through in-depth seminars with students, discussion of empirical cases, practical exercises, viewing and analysis of film clips, documentaries and videos on the themes of the course. Students will be asked to play a very active role, through discussions, the analysis of case studies and work to be processed outside class time and presented.

Assessment methods

The test consists of an oral interview to assess the knowledge of the topics discussed during the lessons (for those attending) and of the bibliography indicated, and the critical and methodological skills acquired by the student. The following will be assessed: mastery of the contents, ability to synthesise and analyse themes and concepts, ability to express oneself adequately and in language appropriate to the subject matter. The final grade will be based on the overall assessment.

The examiner will begin with a presentation of a topic of his or her choice from those covered, and the exam will continue with at least two further questions posed by the teacher.

During the examination, the interview is aimed at testing the student's ability to analyse, critique and control the discipline as a whole.

The criteria adopted for the evaluation of learning are: knowledge of the bibliography of the programme; ability to develop arguments autonomously; ability to describe and illustrate phenomena, processes, practices studied by the sociology of cultural and communicative processes; ability to empirically place theoretical generalisations; ability to deal with a sociological reflection on aspects and processes of transformation of contemporary society.

Two different assessment parameters will be adopted, for attending students and for non-frequenting students.

For attending students - the assessment of learning consists of: 1 midterm test (in the middle of the course); presentation of seminar work (in the second half of the course), written elaboration of the presented work (at the end of the course), participation in discussions and exercises and group work. All of this will be included in the assessment and will serve as a means of checking individual learning against the coursework completed in the classroom. The examination programme is roughly similar to that of non-attenders.

Students who have achieved and passed a pass mark in the mid-term examination may:

1) register their grade (by registering for the roll call, no physical presence is required during registration);


2) to complement the sufficiency, they can participate in the elaboration phase of a group work;


3)decide to take the oral examination on the whole programme.

Specifically, the following will be assessed

- active participation in class, exercises: 10%

- Group work: 20%

- Intermediate test: 70%

Non-attending students must supplement their bibliography for the appeal.

(Supplements indicated in TEXTS/BIBLIOGRAPHY)

Teaching tools

Lectures. Network resources. Coordinated discussions. Guidance and tutoring to groups outside of class time (on e-learning platform).

Students with special needs should contact the teacher.

Office hours

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