Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowing and understanding the relationships between cultures. To promote communication and integration processes, also operating on the curriculum.
Course contents summary
Cultures: integration and conflicts
The course aims at promoting critical reflection on the concept of citizenship as legal status and citizenship as daily practice, this last perspective being common to native-born people, immigrants and people in transit, searching common solutions to daily common problems in the same context.
Rights and duties are complementary. So it is not possible to speak about personal and social liberties without defining duties and responsibilities. Every culture resolves conflicts, emphasises differences, discusses meanings.
In a pluricultural situation analyzing and reflecting is not enough. It is necessary to pose questions, make visible and understandable the hidden meanings.
Identity, belonging and citizenship
- Culture and rules: what happens in uniform and solid cultures. What happens in cultures in reality.
- Contact between cultures: interations between people of different ethnicity, language, religion, with gender differences, different family tradition and status, different food and body cultures.
- Self-representation and Hetero-representation: how we sse ourselves and how others see us. We know ourselvs through our knowledge of others.
- Emphasize our common points, make visible the differences.
- Stories of individuals and groups in migration.
- Analysis of working, institutional, recreational and religious contexts.
- Social importance of formative-informative connexion, in formal and informal contexts.
- The infant school as space of identity construction, privileged site for building intercultural paths.
M. Santerini, Intercultura, La Scuola, 2003
G. Favaro, S. Mantovani, T. Musatti (a cura di), Nello stesso nido Famiglie e bambini stranieri nei servizi educativi, Franco Angeli,2013 (ristampa).
Lessons, case studies, teamwork on frameworks provided by the teacher.
Assessment methods and criteria
Individual oral examination
The course aims at promoting the active participation of students, through case studies, debates on up-to-date questions and personal experiences.
Additional readings will be proposed to students, to be discussed, on a voluntary basis, in accordance with the teacher.