Scheda insegnamento

  • Docente Piergiorgio Degli Esposti

  • Crediti formativi 6

  • SSD SPS/10

  • Lingua di insegnamento Inglese

  • Campus di Bologna

  • Corso Laurea Magistrale in Innovation and organization of culture and the arts (cod. 0902)

  • Orario delle lezioni dal 21/09/2020 al 21/10/2020


L'insegnamento contribuisce al perseguimento degli Obiettivi di Sviluppo Sostenibile dell'Agenda 2030 dell'ONU.

Parità di genere Energia pulita e accessibile Città e comunità sostenibili Consumo e produzione responsabili

Anno Accademico 2020/2021

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

The student is expected to learn the basis of sociology. In particular, the student is expect to learn: - the transformation processes in cultural consumption - the systems of social communication and information.


This course provides an introduction to the field of Sociology providing a brief history of the development of the discipline and its scope in relationship with other social sciences. After the introductory phase in which the fundamental notion will be provided the course seeks to develop an understanding of the emergence of modern and contemporary spaces of consumptions considered ideal types useful to understand the contemporary western culture.

Consumer culture is an essential trait in the social and cultural landscapes of the world of today. This course investigates how consumption spaces, such as shopping malls, themes parks and digital platforms shape and are shaped by global social and cultural development.

The main notions that will be discussed are related but not limited to:

  • Globalizations
  • Material culture
  • Consumption as a practice
  • Prosumption
  • Shopping malls, themes park and digital platforms
  • Social media and digital platforms
  • Coexistence of physical and digital spaces

Students are required to carefully read the assigned material before the class and active participation through presentations of existing scholarship and case studies will also be expected.

A printed detailed syllabus will be provided to students the first day of class.



  • G. Ritzer (2018), The McDonaldization of Society: Into the Digital Age, SAGE, London.


  • G. Ritzer, P. Degli Esposti (2020), Creative Destruction and Cultural Lag in the Digital Age, Sociology Between the Gaps
  • G. Ritzer, P. Degli Esposti (2020), The increasing centrality of prosumption in the digital capitalist economy, Austrian Journal of Sociology, Online First, pp. 1 - 19
  •  R. Collins (2020), Charisma: Micro Sociology of Power and Influence, Rutledge - chapters 1-2-5
  • M. Chatelain (2020), Franchise. The Golden Arches in Black America, Liveright - chapters intro-1-5-conclusions + 1 chapter of your choice
  • J. Mansvelt (2005), Geographies of Consumption, SAGE, London. chapters - 1-3-4-6

During the lectures will be given mandatory specific teaching materials (book chapters, articles, papers, documents, video). All the references will be available on the University of Bologna online teaching material platform.

Metodi didattici

A mix of lectures, seminars, collective discussion, student's presentations, documentaries and films.
Students are expected to be prepared on the assigned readings before each class.
Participation is expected and rewarded.

Modalità di verifica e valutazione dell'apprendimento

The final exam aims to verify the achievement of the educational objectives. During the semester each student have to turn in 3 short papers and deliver an individual or group presentation.

Evaluation criteria:

  • Active participation and discussions during lectures (30%)
  • Individual or group presentation (30%)
  • Final exam (oral interview upon textbooks 40%)

Minimum requirements

  • Actively participate in at least 2 class debates
  • Turn in at least 2 assignments
  • Deliver on class presentation
  • Final Exam (oral interview upon textbooks)

Students must attend at least 70% of classes.

Grading Scales

From 30L to 29, With honors and commendations = A+

From 28 to 27, Very Good = A

From 26 to 24, Good = B

From 23 to 19, Satisfactory = C

18, Sufficient = D

<18, Fail = F

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

PC, projector and multimedia files.

The teaching materials will be available to the students.

All student papers will be verified through the Compilatio.net plagiarism verification system

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Piergiorgio Degli Esposti