Intercultural Relations

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
This course aims to provide the theoretical and analytical tools that are necessary for engaging with scholarly research in the field of migration and ethnic relations. Some particular attention will be focused on the notion of citizenship and its variations across space and time. The course will also deal with an additional number of novel questions referring to access to the public sphere, acquisition of citizenship, models of political representation/participation, and growing generations of citizens of migrant descent within contemporary democracies. Issues of intercultural relations will be tackled in times of growing migration and intensifying of cultural differences.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of course, students will acquire full knowledge of different approaches to intercultural relations in social sciences; they will acquire full knowledge of main notions such as assimilation, integration, multiculturalism, universalism, interculturalism and citizenship; at the same time, they will distinguish the effects of citizenship transformations across the public and the policy domain. Within a broader comparative context (both at the European and at the international level), students will acknowledge the specificities of the Italian case in terms of intercultural relations, citizenship policies as well as social and political action.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Third trimester
In case the Covid crisis continues on third term, classes will be run online via Microsoft Teams e Skype in line with University indications. Materials discussed in class will be distributed on the specific Ariel website of this course. Some work will be conducted in "modalita' asincrona" by distributing the relevant material with audio comments via Ariel.
Course syllabus
Week 1- Research on 'interculturalism' (migration and ethnicity)
Students will study a selection of extracts from

Week 2 - Individual Rights vs. Group Rights
Students will study a selection of extracts from

Week 3 - 'Citizenship Regimes'
Students will study a selection of extracts from

Week 4 - The interculturalist approach
Students will study the article by

Week 5 - The discursive approach
Students will study the article by

Week 6 - The post-national approach
Students will only study the weekly slides. Suggested reading (in the library):

Week 7 - Beyond epistemological citizenship
Students will study a selection of extracts from

Week 8 - Participation and migrants
Students will study the article by

Week 9 - Participation and Muslims
Students will only study the weekly slides.

Week 10 - Interculturalism and the new citizens
Students will study a selection of extracts from
Prerequisites for admission
No preliminary knowledge in the field is required. Students must respect any prerequisite according to their own specific degree course.
Teaching methods
Regular classroom-taught lectures in case anti-covid restrictions allow for them. Tutorials will be useful to bridge theoretical and empirical scope of lessons. Attendance is not compulsory.
Teaching Resources

Assessment methods and Criteria
Students will be assessed via a final oral exam (final grade expressed in n/30). This exam focuses on concepts, theoretical perspectives and empirical cases that are tackled in the various readings of programme. Students who attend weekly classes may also have the option to sit a written pre-exam at the end of the course, in case this form of assessment will be feasible in spite of anti-covid restrictions. The pre-exam would be based on 5 main open questions .
SPS/07 - GENERAL SOCIOLOGY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Cinalli Manlio