Cultural anthropology

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-DEA/01
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course presents an introduction to cultural anthropology through the examination of its key concepts and then deepens the theme of material culture, proposing a reflection on the relationship between men, objects, knowledge and imaginations, on the ways in which forms of circulation and exchange of objects (goods, objects of art, technologies) produce social relationships and how culture is constituted through objectification. The reflection is completed with two paths to choose from: in the first one, the topic of consumption is studied from the point of view of cultural anthropology; the second one deals with the theme of human production capacities in interaction with materiality and the environment
Expected learning outcomes
Through frontal lectures and in-class discussions, at the end of the course students should be able to:
1.Critically debate key questions of cultural anthropology: the notion of culture, cultural difference, social organization, relativism and universalism
2. Critically debate key questions of material culture theory: exchange theory, gift, agency, embodiment etc.
3. Analyse specific case studies related to material culture, consumption, globalization
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
In the event of health restrictions due to covid-19, lessons will take place remotely, mode asynchronous, with the support of Ariel and Teams.
Students will be able to find all the information to access the lessons (links, etc.), any changes to the program and any changes in the reference material (bibliography, etc.) on the Ariel teaching website at the beginning of the 2nd semester.
The exam could be held electronically - specific instructions will be provided on the Ariel teaching site at the end of the course.
Course syllabus
1. 6 credits program:
a) Introduction to cultural anthropology. Perspectives and research topics
Introduction to the theoretical framework, the main research topics and the methodologies of cultural anthropology.

b) Introduction to the Anthropology of Cultural Heritage. Tangible and intangible cultural heritage, perspectives, research topics, problematic issues, dynamics. The international discussion on cultural heritage and the Italian case from an anthropological perspective.

2. Additional part for the 9 credits program:
Anthropology of cultural heritage: case studies. Materiality and immateriality, cultural memory and oblivion, universality and specificity of heritage, heritage and cultural production

The program for attending and non-attending students is the same.

The course is aimed specifically at students of the degree course in Sciences of Cultural Property.
The course allows you to acquire the credits of the area C - Anthropology - useful for accessing teaching in secondary school.

For information on exam materials and learning tools: http://lciabarriac.ariel.ctu.unimi.it (teaching materials section 2020-21)
Prerequisites for admission
None
Teaching methods
Frontal lectures
Class discussions
Teaching Resources
1. 6 credits program:
S. Allovio, L. Ciabarri, G. Mangiameli (edited), Antropologia culturale. I temi fondamentali, Milano, Raffaello Cortina, 2018.
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R. Harrison, ll patrimonio culturale. Un approccio critico, Torino-Milano, Pearson, 2020, (only chapters from 1 to 7 + ch. 10 and Postfazione).

2. Additional part for the 9 credits program:
R. Harrison, ll patrimonio culturale. Un approccio critico, Torino-Milano, Pearson, 2020, (remaining chapters: ch. 8 and 9).
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One of the following two texts:
Ciabarri L. (a cura di) "Cultura materiale. Oggetti, immaginari desideri in viaggio tra mondi", Milano, Raffaello Cortina, 2018 nuova edizione (only chapters 1,3,6,8,9)
or
Ingold T., Making. Antropologia, archeologia, arte e architettura, Milano, Raffaello Cortina, 2019 (only chapter 1 + 4 more chapters).

The program for attending and non-attending students is the same.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral exam aimed at ascertaining the knowledge of the course books focusing on: theoretical framework, methodology, research topics of the discipline.
Evaluation criteria : Knowledge, communication and linguistic competence.
Unita' didattica A
M-DEA/01 - DEMOLOGY, ETHNOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
M-DEA/01 - DEMOLOGY, ETHNOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
M-DEA/01 - DEMOLOGY, ETHNOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
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