The course is divided into three modules. The starting point will be the analysis of the formation and fundamental characteristics of the so-called "modern western society". To this end, the first module focuses on the introduction of fundamental concepts of sociology in order to provide students with the necessary basic knowledge in view of subsequent in-depth study and comparison with other models of society: India, Japan, China. Specifically, the lessons of the first module addresses the following topics: the birth of modern society, the social structure, social control and deviance, religion, gender difference, family, social stratification, etc. aimed at providing students with the basic tools for the comparison with other societies: India, Japan and China. For this part students should refer to a textbook of sociology.
The second module will deal with the analysis of other models of social organization such as those of the following countries: China, India, and Japan.
The last part (the third module) will deal with topics related to intercultural relations and differences and the relation with otherness. After an introductory part aimed at providing a critical review of the conceptual tools mostly used in the field of social sciences - such as race, ethnicity, culture, stranger, stereotypes, prejudices, etc. - the course will focus on the analysis of the growing visibility of Islam in Europe and on the opportunities, as well as problems, related to the recognition of a truly European Islam in the public sphere.
Prerequisites for admission
No specific knowledge is required to attend the course.
Ritzer, G. (2013) Introduzione alla sociologia, UTET, Torino.
A text of students' choice between:
Rana Mitter, La Cina moderna, Bruno Mondadori, 2009;
Edward Luce A dispetto degli dei. L'inaspettata ascesa dell'India moderna, Editore Università Bocconi, 2007;
Elise K. Tipton, Il Giappone moderno, Einaudi, 2011.
The reference materials for this module are:
Massari, M., "Islamofobia e retoriche dell'alterità" in M. Massari, Il corpo degli altri. Migrazioni, memorie, identità, Orthotes, Napoli-Salerno, 2017, pp. 67-90;
Massari, M., "Le altre donne: Islam, relazioni di genere e costruzioni sociali della modernità", in M. Massari, Il corpo degli altri. Migrazioni, memorie, identità, Orthotes, Napoli-Salerno, 2017, pp. 91-111;
Siebert, R., "Il lascito del colonialismo e la relazione con l'altro", in T. Grande, E. G. Parini (a cura di), Sociologia. Problemi, teorie, intrecci storici, Carocci, Roma, 2014, pp. 291-305;
Tabboni, S., "L'altro", in S. Tabboni, Lo straniero e l'altro, Liguori, Napoli, 2006, pp. 7-35;
Tabboni, S., "Lo straniero", in S. Tabboni, Lo straniero e l'altro, Liguori, Napoli, 2006, pp. 37-55.
For the oral presentation and/or final paper, attending students will receive further suggestions for useful reading (essays, articles that will be made available on Ariel).
Assessment methods and Criteria
There will be two written tests for attending students: one at the end of the second module (on the contents of the first and second modules) and one at the end of the course (on the contents of the third module). In both cases, the test will consist of three open questions evaluated on a scale of 0-30.
Attending students can choose to participate in team work and produce a written essay (on the contents of the first and second modules). This work will be discussed in the classroom and, if its assessment receives a good evaluation, will complement the final exam mark.
For not attending students the exam is written and consists of three open questions concerning the texts of the program, evaluated on a scale of 0-30.
The assessment will take into account the ability to critically address the programme topics, to compare different social systems in order to show the differences and similarities between the social organizations and the types of social interaction forming different societies, to analyse the formation of modern society in Western Europe focusing in particular on the western model of civilization.