Sociology of Memory

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
SPS/07
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course is aimed at providing a critical understanding of the main theories and methodologies used in the study of memory as a social phenomenon and, in particular, the links existing between memory and society and the relationships that social groups establish not only with their past, but also with their present and future. It also aims at providing suitable tools, in the field of social sciences, for addressing the mechanisms of remembering and oblivion that mostly affect contemporary societies, focusing in particular on the relationships between memory and violence through the analysis of case-studies. Finally, this will allow students to become familiar with the language and theories developed in this field and to develop capacities aimed at providing a critical analysis of the topics addressed (through oral and written presentations and team-work).
Expected learning outcomes
Students are required to show an adequate understanding of the key-concepts, authors and methods of sociology of memory and the topics addressed in the special part of the programme, such as war, colonialism, the nexus existing between Nazism, Fascism and racism, terrorism and the strategy of tension, Mafia violence and Mediterranean migrations.
The use of a proper language and the ability to link together different contents and topics will be particularly appreciated.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Third trimester
The lessons will be held online, synchronously, using Microsoft Teams, according to the class' timetable. Lessons will be recorded and made available on the same platform also to students non-attending the course. The code of Teams' channel where students will attend the course will be communicated before the beginning of the III trimester on Ariel website of Sociology of Memory.
Course syllabus
The contents and reference material will not change. Any other material dealing with the topics dealt with during the lessons will be made available on Teams and/or Ariel.
Prerequisites for admission
A basic knowledge of the sociological vocabulary may facilitate the understanding of the topics addressed, although no specific prerequisite is required.
Teaching methods
The course foresees frontal introductory lessons, seminars and discussions with experts and observers (even in case of on-line learning through Microsoft Teams) and students' active participation through discussions, group work, presentations and papers.
Teaching Resources
The contents and reference material will not change. Any other material dealing with the topics dealt with during the lessons will be made available on Teams and/or Ariel.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam consists in an oral test whose results will be will be evaluated along the scale 18-30. Students are required to show the achievement of an adequate understanding of key-concepts, authors, theories and methods of sociology of memory and a critical capacity to re-elaborate them. The use of a proper language and the ability to link together different contents and topics will be particularly appreciated. Students attending the course will have the chance to participate, during the lessons, to seminars and meetings with experts and group discussions (even in case of on-line learning through Microsoft Teams) and will write a final paper focussing on one of the topics addressed in the special part of the programme.
SPS/07 - GENERAL SOCIOLOGY - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor: Massari Monica
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