To offer an understanding of the main fundamental concepts of sociology, with special reference to the sociology of culture.
Expected learning outcomes
Master the basic concepts of sociology, acquire the main analytical frameworks for socio-cultural analysis and obtain relevant insights as to their deployment for socio-cultural analysis as related to key empirical phenomena in contemporary society.
Activity scheduled over several sessions (see Course syllabus and organization section for more detailed information)
The first part of the course will propose a general framework on the main theories on sociology of culture. More specifically we will analyse: the meaning of culture from a sociological point of view, the social construction of taste, the symbolic conflicts. In the second part we will focus on the cultural aspects of the digital mediascape.
Prerequisites for admission
Lectures, powerpoint presentations
- Mario de Benedittis, Sociologia della cultura, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2013 - Oscar Ricci, Costruire conoscenza. Sociologia di Wikipedia, Forthcoming, Ledizioni - Alessandro Lolli, La guerra dei meme, Effequ, 2017 - Filippo Domaneschi, Insultare gli altri, Einaudi, 2020
Assessment methods and Criteria
Final written exam. For those attending the lessons there will be the option, at the first session, to do a presentation arranged with the teacher. In this case both the presentation and the written exam will contribute to the final grade.