Globalization and cultural diversity

A.A. 2019/2020
Insegnamento per
6
Crediti massimi
40
Ore totali
SSD
SPS/08
Lingua
Inglese
Obiettivi formativi
The aim of the course is to analyse the intertwinement of globalization processes and cultural diversity from an epistemological, sociological and historical point of view. The course will take into account a diversified literature, to offer to the student a wide range of perspectives. The course will offer an analysis of the cultural conceptualizations of globalization, as well as of their concrete consequences on cultural belongings, identities, opportunities and constraints in everyday life. At the end of the course, the student will have acquired a good knowledge of the complexity of globalization processes, and of their ambivalent impact on cultural diversities.
In agreement with the general targets of the M.A. in Global Politics and Society, the teaching in Globalization and cultural diversities aims to offer tools of knowledge and competences in the field of sociology, cultural studies, and history. At the end of the course, the students should have developed: a) knowledge and understanding of the processes of globalization in terms of complex belongings, identities, values and meanings, historical representations and processes of knowledge construction; b) applying knowledge and understanding in terms of personal capacity to critically discuss and analyse the processes of cultural diversity in a globalized world.

Struttura insegnamento e programma

Edizione attiva
SPS/08 - SOCIOLOGIA DEI PROCESSI CULTURALI E COMUNICATIVI - CFU: 6
Lezioni: 40 ore
STUDENTI FREQUENTANTI
Programma
The course is organised into two thematic units. The course will start with a general introduction, explaining the way in which the processes of globalization have made increasingly complex belongings, identities, values and meanings, historical representations and processes of knowledge construction. Diversity cannot be considered as a given, and it is necessary to take into account its implications for a range of grounded issues from cross-cultural tensions to multiculturalism, from consumption processes to environmental crisis.
After the general introduction, the course deals with the issue of globalization and cultural diversities by analysing two main topics:
a) (unit 1) The overcoming of a Eurocentric modernization theory with respect to the debate developed both in western and non-western countries. This first part will analyse how the idea of the 'global' has been articulated within sociology mainly through modernization theory, and how this vision has been criticized and broadened by traditions of social thought other than western ones.
b) (unit 2) The second part will deal with a more specific issue. It will analyse the connections between post-eurocentrism and post-anthropocentrism, with respect to the links between cultural diversity, technology and environmental crisis. Globalization has deeply interconnected material and cultural challenges, and consequently, addressing cultural diversities and social inequalities has to take into account the material issues of a diversified 'Anthropocene condition'.
Informazioni sul programma
The program is based on 6 credits. The first part introduces the general topic of the intertwinement of globalization processes and cultural diversities, with a specific focus on the overcoming of a Eurocentric modernization theory. The second part analyses the intertwinement of globalization, cultural diversity and anthropocene condition.
Propedeuticità
none
Prerequisiti e modalità di esame
Attending students: The exam is written with open questions. This modality aims to verify knowledge and competences developed during the course, in line with the expected results. Attending students will be evaluated as well on the base of class discussions, thematic workshops and autonomous working papers. In this respect, working papers are part of the training with the aim to develop autonomous judgment, critical capacity, competences in selecting and further explore the topic of the course. The final written exam will also evaluate the capacity to critically present concepts and theoretical perspectives. The final mark will take into consideration the accuracy of the answers, lexical precision and the capacity to explain one's arguments. The capacity to offer multi-disciplinary perspectives and the competences in applying knowledge gained during the course in specific situations will provide further elements of evaluation.
The first exam date will be set immediately after the end of the course.
Metodi didattici
The course is based on frontal lessons, with the support of slides and other interactive methods. The slides and other course materials will be uploaded in the Ariel website of the course. Students are supposed to participate actively to the course, with readings, comments, discussions, and analysis of more specific case studies.
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
Attending students: 1. G. Bhambra, Connected sociologies, London Blumsbury, 2015 (open access); 2. Reading selection to be communicated at the beginning of the course, (the reading selection will include articles of D. Chakrabarty, P. Descola, P. James, M. Lugones, J. Nederveen Pieterse, P. Sloterdijk, J. Tomlison, E. Wallerstein).
STUDENTI NON FREQUENTANTI
Programma
For not attending students, the course is organised into two thematic units. The first unit will explore the overcoming of a Eurocentric modernization theory with respect to the debate developed both in western and non-western countries. This first part will analyse how the idea of the 'global' has been articulated within sociology mainly through modernization theory, and how this vision has been criticized and broadened by traditions of social thought other than western ones. The second unit will deal with the topic of globalization and cosmopolitanism.
Prerequisiti e modalità di esame
Not attending students: The exam is written with open questions. This modality aims to verify knowledge and competences developed during the course, in line with the expected results and with reference to the books included in the course program. The evaluation will take into account the students' capacity to critically present concepts and theoretical perspectives and to present points of strength and weakness of such perspectives. The final mark will take into consideration the accuracy of the answers, lexical precision and the capacity to explain one's arguments.
The first exam date will be set immediately after the end of the course.
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
Not attending students: G. Bhambra, Connected sociologies, London Blumsbury, 2015 (open access). S. Benhabib et al., Another Cosmopolitanism: Hospitality, Sovereignty, and Democratic Iterations, Oxford University Press, 2006
Periodo
Terzo trimestre
Periodo
Terzo trimestre
Modalità di valutazione
Esame
Giudizio di valutazione
voto verbalizzato in trentesimi
Docente/i
Ricevimento:
Giovedì 10.00 - 13.00 - Il ricevimento del 19 settembre è sospeso