Teaching workshop: Teaching a philosophical text

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The workshop's goal is to teach different ways to explain a philosophical text, involving the workshop's participants in the production of didactical stuff and didactical experiments
Expected learning outcomes
The workshop aims to develop the following skills:

Critical thinking skills:
By the end of the workshop, students will display a sufficiently independent critical approach in selecting and interpreting the notions that are most relevant to their area of study and to the broader socio-cultural context in which they operate.

Communication skills:
By the end of the workshop:
- students will be able to effectively communicate the acquired knowledge and disseminate it to the general public;
- student will have developed basic IT skills concerning knowledge preservation and transfer;
- to provide students with the fundamental tools for writing a philosophical paper.

Learning skills:
By the end of the workshop, students will have developed the learning skills required to continue their studies in keeping with their research interests. To meet this objective, students will also develop relevant skills in the independent interpretation of sources and the use of basic IT tools for bibliographic research.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for the academic year 2021/22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Course syllabus
The workshop is structured in different parts. First, under the lecturer's supervision, students will arrange didactical stuff (texts, videos, images, ) on the first and second Meditations on First Philosophy by Descartes. Second, high school students of the fourth year will dwell upon these materials with the help of their teachers. Third, in a final day at our University, high-school students, under the supervision of the workshop's team, will be engaged in discussion, debates, experiments aiming at an in-depth understanding of such a philosophical masterpiece.
Prerequisites for admission
prior knowledge is not requested, except what is required for admission to the Degree Course.
Teaching methods
Group work.
Teaching Resources
R. Descartes, Meditazioni metafisiche, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 1997
Assessment methods and Criteria
Participants have to produce texts and didactical stuff: learning levels will be determined by the quality of the delivered stuff. Frequency to the workshop, punctuality in the delivering, willingness in the improvements of delivered materials will be object of evaluation.
Laboratorio professionalizzante
- University credits: 2
Humanities workshops: 20 hours
Professor: Spinicci Paolo
Ricerca bibliografica e redazione di un testo scientifico filosofico
- University credits: 1
Humanities workshops: 16 hours
Professor: Benenti Marta