11292 - Cultural Anthropology (1) (G. A)

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

Quality education Gender equality Reduced inequalities Sustainable cities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will have learnt the main themes and conceptual framework of the discipline. They will also take part in critical discussions concerning the main intellectual schools of thought and apply these skills to social situations based on cultural variety. They will apply the main models of critical analysis to cultures, ethnic populations, gender and generations, and be able to focus on socio-cultural issues to do with migratory processes, globalization and the knowledge society. They will have learnt to listen, understand and debate respectfully with different viewpoints, and acquired judgment on a professional, human and ethical level.

Course contents

Students are free to choose whether to attend this course or Professor Mollona's course (https://www.unibo.it/it/didattica/insegnamenti/insegnamento/2021/477011), which will take place from February.

Students are strongly advised to check the section “avvisi” in the professor’s home page for all updates regarding the exam.

In the course, the theoretical approaches and the basic concepts of the discipline will be illustrated, with particular focus on their application in the domain of performance practices.


  1. Fabietti U., Elementi di antropologia culturale, Milano, Mondadori, 2015 (third edition) (excluding pages 247, 248 and 249).
  2. Natali C., Percorsi di antropologia della danza, Milano, Libreria Cortina, 2009.
  3. Introduction and an essay of your choice from Bardasi, N. e Natali, C. (eds.), Io a loro ho cercato di spiegare che è una storia complicata la nostra. Voci, esperienze, testimonianze sulla disabilità all'Università di Bologna, Bologna, Bononia University Press, 2018 (available on the site https://site.unibo.it/real-lab).

The programme for non-attending students doesn't require any additional material because non-attendance implies a greater amount of individual studying.

Teaching methods

Lectures with interactive components and Power Point presentations.


Assessment methods

Students are strongly advised to check the section “avvisi” in the professor’s home page for all information regarding the programme and the exam.

The exam consists in a 2-hour written test. For each volume, there will be a question with open answer. There is no upper word limit for answers.

Students are requested to show good knowledge of the bibliography, critical analytic skills and appropriate linguistic communicative ability.

The mark will be assigned taking into account the following evaluation levels:

30 cum laude: excellent performance showing soundness of knowledge, rich discursive articulation and appropriate expression;

30: very good performance, complete and appropriate knowledge, well articulated and appropriately expressed;

29-27: good performance, more than satisfactory knowledge, well-expressed;

26-24: standard performance, essential knowledge, but not comprehensive and/or not always correctly expressed;

23-21: sufficient performance, general but superficial knowledge, often inappropriately expressed showing confused articulation;

20-18: poor performance, with just acceptable expression and articulation with significant gaps;

<18: Insufficient performance, absent or very incomplete knowledge, lack of orientation in the discipline.

Students can consult exams dates and register at the following URL [http://www.unibo.it/Portale/Guida/AlmaEsami.htm].

Teaching tools

Attending students, from November, are kindly invited to subscribe to the following mailing list in order to receive information about possible variations in lecture timetable and rooms:


Office hours

See the website of Cristiana Natali