The course will be delivered onsite (6 CFU)
The teaching aims to deepen a classic theme of anthropological discipline that acquires new centrality in the contemporary scientific debate: death as a cultural fact. A specific study on the ethnographic method is also added to this macro theme.
At the end of the course, the student will be able to use from a critical perspective the key concepts of the anthropological debate on the topics covered by the course.
Ob. 1. Critical analysis of the epistemological frameworks of the discipline with particular to the theme of death as cultural fact;
Ob. 2. Ability to identify interpretative paradigms of contemporary dynamics at the local, national and international level, related the deaths;
Ob.3. Knowledge and skills related to ethnographic practice and investigation method about the object;
Ob. 4. Ability to develop a critical reading of texts, images, speeches, and to connect the competences deriving from the assumption of an anthropological perspective to the analysis of local and global social contexts.
Knowledge and understanding
• Deepen the knowledge on anthropological analysis models, on the debate concerning research methods and on field research techniques;
• Deepen the knowledge of the epistemological frameworks of the anthropology with particular to the course object;
Applying knowledge and understanding
• Ability to apply the epistemological and theoretical frameworks of anthropology to the analysis of local, national and international;
• Ability to critically reflect on the company's transformation processes;
• Formation of personal opinions on the topics dealt with and aptitude for critical reading of problems;
• Ability to develop a critical reading of texts, images, speeches, and to connect the competences deriving from the assumption of an anthropological perspective to the analysis of social contexts;
• Skills acquisition of the epistemological frameworks of the discipline, both in terms of language and specialized terminology;
• Ability to formulate hypotheses, projects and applicative proposals of the knowledge and skills acquired during the Bachelor Degree Programme;
• Development of specific skills useful for learning and implementation of an independent and critical study of anthropological disciplines;
• Development of II-level anthropological skills both theoretical and methodological as well as a method of study and definition of project proposals directly applicable in professional experience;
A. Palmisano (a cura di), dov’è e dove va l’antropologia oggi?, Franco Angeli editore, 2021.
N. Elias, La solitudine del morente, Bologna, Il Mulino 2011.
A.Favole (a cura di), La famiglia di fronte alla morte. Etnografie, narrazioni, trasformazioni, Fondazione Ariodante Fabretti ONLUS, 2015.
L.M. Lombardi Satriani, M.Meligrana, Il ponte di San Giacomo, Palermo, Sellerio, 1996, pp.121-148
1. Number of tests: only one, the final one, among the nine decided in the Calendar of Appeals of the Department of Humanistic Studies.
2. Objective of the test: the test is aimed at verifying the achievement of the training and learning objectives indicated above as well as verifying the acquisition of the knowledge required by the texts in the program.
3. Method of administration: oral.
4. Timeline: at the end of the course. The interval between two consecutive appeal tests must be at least two weeks.
5. Duration: the oral exam will last 15/20 minutes.
6. Type: Colloquium.
7. Final measurement of the exam: vote expressed in thirtieths; and, in the case of a brilliant outcome, conferment of 30 cum laude.
The theme of death in anthropological studies: 2 CFU
Death as a cultural fact: 2 CFU
Reflection on ethnographic research method and analysis of ethnographic cases: 2 CFU