Applied Anthropology (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Stefania Pontrandolfo
Stefania Pontrandolfo
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Language of instruction
2° periodo di lezioni - GEM (febbraio/aprile) dal Feb 10, 2021 al Apr 1, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes: Knowledge and capacity to understand At the end of the course, the student should: - have a basic knowledge of the fundamentals of socio-cultural anthropology; - have a basic knowledge of the themes and main methods; - have a basic knowledge of the main anthropological thoughts about the globalization phenomenon; - have a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles that anthropological knowledge can bring to the study of emergency governance and especially of contemporary migrations. Knowledge and capacity to apply understanding At the end of the course, the student should be able to: - propose anthropological reflections in terms of globalization phenomena; - interpret a state of crisis, particularly in relation to migrations and/or Roma and Sinti presences, with an anthropological-cultural angle; - apply the method of cultural relativism. Independent judgment At the end of the course, the students will have acquired: - the capacity to critically analyze situations in which there is a considerable presence of culturally di-verse people; - the capacity to critically interpret behaviours based on diverse or opposing cosmologies. Communication skills At the end of the course, the students should be able to: - consciously use specific terms relating to anthropological-cultural themes; - speak precisely about the theme of cultural alterity; - consciously use specific anthropological-cultural terms relating to migratory themes. Capacity to learn At the end of the course, the students should be able to: - identify and analyze the way in which the theme of cultural diversity is dealt with in the principal phenomena linked to globalization; - find the necessary sources to develop an interdisciplinary cultural anthropology and political-juridical study analysis modality on crisis states.


No particular requirements needed.

The course content regards:
- introduction to the conceptual methods and tools of basic socio-cultural anthropology (especially the concepts of culture and society);
- the fundamentals of socio-cultural anthropology in the various fields of relational anthropology, visions of the world, political anthropology, economics, social inequalities and the modern globalized world;
- the fundamentals of socio-cultural anthropology in the study of the various forms of present-day racism.
- the fundamentals of anthropology of migration

Teaching methods
Lectures in which numerous ethnographic examples (also taken from the professional educational contexts) will be presented to support the teaching/learning of the discipline's basic concepts

1. E. A. Schultz e R. H. Lavenda, 2015, Antropologia culturale, Zanichelli, Bologna (only the third Italian edition).
- only study chapters 1-2-3-7-8-9-10 -12-14
- in chap.10, study from page 254 to page 266
- in chap. 11, study from page 287 to page 295
- in chapter 14, do not study from page 413 to page 424

2. B. Riccio (ed.), 2014, Antropologia e migrazioni, Roma, CISU (chapters1-2-6-9-10-11-12-17-19)
or, in case of a renewed corona virus emergency, articles on anthropology of migration available on the moodle learnig platform

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
E. A. Schultz e R. H. Lavenda Antropologia culturale (Edizione 3) Zanichelli 2015 978-88-08-15131-5
B. Riccio (a cura di) Antropologia e migrazioni CISU 2014 978-88-7975-590-0

Assessment methods and criteria

Learning assessment method
The assessment method will be NO different for attending and non-attending students, even if attending students could have the opportunity to be partially evaluated through seminars during the course.
Learning levels will be assessed by an oral examination.
The student must be able to demonstrate:
- to have understood the important elements of the discipline's main theoretical arguments;
- to be able to express their own reasoning in a precise manner and in a limited amount of time, identifying and selecting the essential elements;
- to be able to critically analyze and connect the ethnographic examples studied to the theory.

The results of the examination will be given on a scale of thirty.