Didactics of philosophy

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide students with an adequate knowledge of the main issues of the Didactics of Philosophy, which will be analyzed from an historical, theoretical and practical point of view, for acceding to teaching career in Italian secondary schools.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, the student
- has a deep knowledge of the main terms of the contemporary debate about Didactics of Philosophy;
- masters a systematic and critical knowledge of the methods of teachings philosophy in Italy, taking into account recent ministerial norms and other European paradigms;
- understands the utility of an integrated approach to philosophical texts in a didactic project which mingles knowledge and abilities;
- has proficient knowledge of the pedagogical instruments and options in teaching philosophy in secondary schools;
- clearly understands the meaning and function of teaching philosophy in secondary schools;
- has proficient knowledge of the bibliographic resources and methodological tools characterising the historical-philosophical research for Didactics of Philosophy.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, the student

- can apply critically the knowledge acquired in framing historically texts from the contemporary debate on Didactics of philosophy in order to elaborate an hypothetical teaching program;
- can master and apply different methodological tools useful to develop innovative forms of didactics in the field of philosophy;
- can apply the acquired knowledge on the historical development of the modalities of teaching philosophy in order to develop personal teaching programs;
- can use theoretical elements for the contemporary debate in Pedagogy for evaluating and comparing different typologies of philosophical teaching;
- can take into account the conceptual and normative tools dealing with the teaching of philosophy in Italy;
- can discuss the acquired resultants and is able to illustrate the acquired knowledge also to an informal audience.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
During the ongoing covid emergency, the course syllabus will be maintained with the following changes made to enhance the effectiveness of the online version of the course, which was originally designed for face-to-face teaching.
Online environments used:
Ariel: https://pgiordanettidf.ariel.ctu.unimi.it
MSTeams: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/team/19%3a9a375ccfa05243caaeda7eb91d798e8…
Psw: dziyk9s
Teaching methods:
Classes will be held according to the following risk scenarios:
- maximum severity (red zone): classes will be held only remotely in synchronous mode (using MSTeams)
- high severity (orange zone): lessons will be held in mixed mode, partly in person and partly online. the face-to-face lessons will allow the participation of students connected with MSTeams as well as students in the classroom. Online lessons will be held synchronously (using MSTeams)
- severity (yellow zone): classes will be held according with the orange zone guidelines and, if conditions allow, the number of lessons on campus will be increased.
The calendar of in person lessons and updates will be published on the online course platform.

Learning assessment procedures and evaluation criteria:
The exam is [oral / written and is held on [MSTeams / Moodle SEB / proctoring system / etc] in any emergency situation, whether yellow, orange or red zone, in compliance with the guidelines provided by the University. The online course on [Ariel / Moodle / MSTeams ...] will make available constantly updated details about the oral examination sessions that will be held over several days.
Students wishing to participate in face-to-face lessons must refer to the following University provisions: https://www.unimi.it/it/studiare/frequentare-un-corso-di-laurea/seguire…
Students wishing to participate in MSTeams lessons must refer to the following technical guides: https://www.unimi.it/it/studiare/servizi-gli-studenti/servizi-tecnologi…
To participate in the exam sessions, students must refer to the following provisions: https://www.unimi.it/it/studiare/frequentare-un-corso-di-laurea/seguire…
Course syllabus
The course will address the problem of the teaching of philosophy by examining the theory of three about the major philosophers of modern and contemporary age: Kant, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.
Prerequisites for admission
No prior knowledge is needed
Teaching methods
Debate and discussion
Group work
Teaching Resources
6 and 9 cfu
Kant, Comunicazione sull'ordinamento delle lezioni nel semestre invernale 1765-66, in Kant, Antologia di scritti sulla pedagogia, a cura di G. Formizzi, Gabrielli, 2004 (disponibile su teams);
Kant, Critica della ragion pura, a cura di Pietro Chiodi, Torino, Utet, 1984, Dottrina trascendentale del metodo, Architettonica della ragion pura e Storia della ragion pura (disponibile su teams);
Kant, Che cosa significa orientarsi nel pensare, a cura di Franco Volpi, Milano, Adelphi;
Kant, Critica del Giudizio, par. 40 (disponibile su teams);
I. Kant, Antropologia pragmatica, par. 5-6, 54-59 (disponibile su teams).

6 and 9 cfu
F. Nietzsche, Sull'avvenire delle nostre scuole (disponibile su Teams)..
F. Nietzsche, Considerazioni inattuali, a cura di S, Giametta, M. Montinari, con un saggio di G. Baioni, Torino, Einaudi, 1981, pp. 165-246: III, Schopenhauer come educatore (si possono adottare anche altre edizioni);
F. Nietzsche Crepuscolo degli idoli, Sentenze e frecce. aforisma 15 (disponibile su Teams);
F. Nietzsche, L'anticristo, Prefazione (disponibile su Teams);
F. Nietzsche , Ecce Homo, Perché scrivo libri così buoni (disponibile su Teams).

9 cfu
Schopenhauer, Pensare da sé, in Parerga e paralipomena, Milano, Adelphi, pp. 649-663; Del leggere e dei libri, pp. 748-762; A proposito di erudizione e degli scienziati, pp. 633-648 (disponibili su teams);
A. Schopenhauer, Il mondo come volontà e rappresentazione (passi scelti disponibili su teams)

Non attending students: one of following books:
Modelli di pensiero e pratiche didattiche, a cura di L. Illetterati, Torino, Utet, 2007.
Enzo Ruffaldi, Insegnare filosofia, con la collaborazione di Gaspare Polizzi, Bologna, Edizioni del Giardino dei pensieri, 2012.
Annalisa Caputo, Ripensare le competenze filosofiche a scuola. Problemi e prospettive, Roma, Carocci, 2019.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will be oral and will focus on the topics covered by the course. In particular, the student will be asked to be able to reconstruct the evolution of the debate on the teaching of philosophy, to present the methodological strategies and didactic tools examined and to justify the current theoretical positions on the relationship between skills and knowledge.
Unita' didattica A
M-FIL/06 - HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
M-FIL/06 - HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
M-FIL/06 - HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Educational website(s)
Friday, 12-15
Microsoft Teams