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Second Semester 
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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)


The course aims at providing knowledge and skills in the field of cultural anthropology. In details:
1) Knowledge and understanding.
Knowledge of the various meanings attributed to concepts such as culture, race, ethnicity, identity, cultural heritage, folklore, hegemony and subalternity, violence, social suffering and conflict;
knowledge of the major theories and methods employed by anthropologists to understand socio-cultural aspects of human experience;
knowledge of socio-cultural issues related to the theme of violence.
2) Applying knowledge and understanding.
Know how to carry out analysis and synthesis of socio-cultural issues about the topics examined using the conceptual tools of the anthropological discipline.
3) Making judgments.
Develop a reflexive awareness about the topics examined.
4) Communication skills.
Be able to use the basic specialized lexicon of the anthropologic discipline;
know how to clearly explain the issues of the course.
5) Learning Skills.
Be able to use the acquired knowledge and approaches for describing and analysing the socio-cultural phenomena.


Knowledge of the main phases of modern and contemporary history.
Basic knowledge of geography.



The course consists of a general part (20 hours) and aims at providing the knowledge of the major concepts and methodologies employed by anthropologists to understand socio-cultural aspects of human experience. Culture, ethnicity, identity, ethnocentrism and cultural relativism, race and racism, hegemony and subalternity, folklore and tradition, body and embodiment, violence, social suffering and conflict will be the principal keywords to be analyzed.
In the second part of the course (10 hours), some anthropological approaches to the theme of violence and its manifestations will be examined, from the one on the impact with the "other", as in the example of the discovery and conquest of America which marks the beginning of the Modern age, to the one that analyzes the structural factors of the production of daily violence and the processes of embodiment of the suffering into contemporary societies.

Teaching Methods

Lectures with multimedia support. During the lessons, lecturer will engage in dialogues and discussions about some of the issues of the course with the students.

Verification of learning

Assessment consists in an oral test in which the student is required to propose an in-depth study of his / her choice from among those the course, and to expose and argue on some of the issues proposed by the lecturer.
The evaluation of the student consists in an oral exam.
Through an interview the student must demonstrate of having achieved:
- knowledge of the main themes of the course;
- ability to apply the acquired knowledge by setting up a properly motivated and well-argued speech on a topic of his/her choice;
- ability of critical and methodological analysis.
- competence in the use the basic specialized lexicon of the discipline

Examination methods are the same for both attending and non-attending students.

In order to pass the exam (that means to reach at least the lower mark of 18/30), the student must demonstrate that he has gained sufficient knowledge of the arguments relating to the basics of the discipline and that s/he is able to apply theoretical notions to concrete cases.
To achieve a score of 30/30 with honours, the student must demonstrate that he has gained an excellent knowledge of all the topics of lectures and reference bibliography and that he is able to apply the theoretical notions to concrete cases, using the special language of the discipline accurately.



1. Fabio Dei, "Antropologia culturale, Bologna", Il Mulino, 2016 (capp. I-IV, VII, XIV).
2. Tzvetan Todorov, "La conquista dellAmerica. Il problema dell«altro»", Torino, Einaudi, 1984, pp. 5-76, 155-203.
3. Giulio Angioni, "Primitivismo, eurocentrismo, antropologia", in Giulio Angioni, Tre saggi sull'antropologia dell'età coloniale, Flaccovio Editore, Palermo 1973, pp. 9-50.
4. Paul Farmer, "Sofferenza e violenza strutturale. Diritti sociali ed economici nellera globale", in Ivo Quaranta, Antropologia medica. I testi fondamentali, Milano, Raffaello Cortina Editore, 2006, pp. 265-302.

Suggested readings:
1) G. Angioni, Fare, dire, sentire. Lidentico e il diverso nelle culture, Nuoro, Il Maestrale, 2011.
2) M. Kilani, Linvenzione dellaltro, Bari, Edizioni Dedalo, 1997.
3) G. Gliozzi, Adamo e il nuovo mondo, Firenze, La Nuova Italia Editrice, 1977.
3) F. Dei, Antropologia della violenza, Roma, Meltemi, 2005
4) R. Beneduce (a cura di), Violenza, Annuario di Antropologia, anno 8, n. 9/10, Roma, Meltemi, 2008.

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Lessons will follow the official calendar.

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