Workshop Visual Sociology

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The aim of the lab of visual sociology and cinema is to introduce the students to the visual method in the social research. Furthermore, to teach the students how to realize a short documentary.
Acquired skills and competences
To learn how to make a documentary about a social problem. Be able to translate a social problems into images.
The ability to understand the main problems of a neighbour, and then show them with a visual documentary.
Expected learning outcomes
Course syllabus and organization

Unique edition

Lesson period
Second trimester
Course syllabus
Transparency is a theme dealt with by Byung-Chul Han, a Korean philosopher who teaches in Berlin, in his book The Transparency Society. His thesis is that the theme of transparency is dominant, but like a fetish, because in fact there is no transparency. The following sentence summarizes the thesis of the book: "the society of transparency is one hell of the Equal. Those who think that transparency avoids corruption and guarantees freedom of information, do not recognize its scope. Transparency is a systemic coercion that [..] reduces man to a functional element of a system ". More: "The society of transparency is a society of mistrust that [ ] submits itself to control. The strong demand for transparency refers precisely to the fact that the moral foundation of society has become fragile, that moral values such as sincerity or honesty become increasingly insignificant. Instead of the disgraced moral claim, transparency appears as a new moral imperative.
Prerequisites for admission
No perequisites
Teaching methods
"Introductory lessons on some of the fundamental sociological concepts concerning the urbanization process and what it means to do visual research in sociology. A series of technical lessons on the use of the video camera and the camera. Lessons regarding data gathering, field work, and lessons in which the documentary is assembled and the photographic exhibition is organized.
Teaching Resources
Byung-Chul Han, The Transparency Society, Stanford University Press, 2015.
G. Ritzer, Introduzione alla sociologia, Utet, 2018
Metodi visuali di ricerca sociale, a cura di Annalisa Frisina, Il Mulino, 2016. Materiale da decidere con gli esperti invitati.
Assessment methods and Criteria
L'impegno nel lavoro di gruppo, frequenza obbligatoria
SPS/07 - GENERAL SOCIOLOGY - University credits: 3
Laboratory activity: 20 hours
Professor: Graziosi Mariolina