Scheda insegnamento


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

Salute e benessere Istruzione di qualità Parità di genere Consumo e produzione responsabili

Anno Accademico 2020/2021

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

At the end of the course, students will have a general knowledge of mass culture in Italy, having studied the creation, production, circulation processes and use of the social meanings; they will be capable of analysing the phenomena and processes of contemporary life such as its means of communication (new and old media), consumption and production of cultural heritage (music, paintings, newspapers, books, etc.), connections between cultural processes and social inequalities and the organisational bases of media and artistic communication, the wide range of different forms of consumption, production, organisation, financing and evaluation of cultural heritage and objects. Students will be capable of recognising various phenomena linked to communication and of analysing these from an interdisciplinary perspective.


The program of the course is articulated in two major sections.

The first section focuses on the theoretical state of the art. It reconstructs and defines core concepts from the academic fields of cultural sociology as well as media and cultural studies. The aim is building a conceptual tool-kit to analyze the socially constructed and historically rooted – yet contested and changeable – meanings of the notions of “Italian”, “Popular”, and, especially, “Culture(s)”.

The second section presents the results of various empirical research projects on Italian popular cultures carried out over the last two decades. In particular, it focuses on Italian cultural icons, visual culture, and popular music. The aim is applying the conceptual tool-kit outlined in the first section to a variety of cultural objects and case studies, in order to explore, among others, such issues as the crucial role of increasingly digital media in the process of production, circulation and consumption of popular culture; the role of popular culture and media rituals in the construction of (trans-)national identity; the relationship between popular culture and national politics in Italy.


The course readings refer to the two sections of the program and include one book plus a list of papers.

The book is: 

Grazian, David (2017), Mix It Up. Popular Culture, Mass Media, and Society. Second edition. New York, W.W.Norton & Co.

The list of papers addressing a variety of case studies on Italian popular culture wil be available online before the beginning of the course.

Metodi didattici

Frontal lectures with powerpoint, using also images, videos, and songs.

Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

Students can either take a written exam (100 minutes, with both closed-ended and open-ended questions) or write a paper (20.000-30.000 characters, spaces and bibliography included). The content and the structure of the paper must be preliminarily discussed with and approved by the professor via email. The paper must be sent to the professor by email, no later than 10 days before the exam date.

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

Screen and PowerPoint.

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Marco Solaroli