The course will be delivery onsite (6 CFU)
The course will be dedicated to the critical examination of the methods and investigation fields fundamental elements of social anthropology through one specific ethnographic focus on the contemporary ethnographic methodologies
Ob.1: Verification and analytical study of the main concepts of the discipline;
Ob.2: Verification and in-depth study of the anthropological point of view (relativistic, interpretative, comparative and dialogic) and of the main research methods (participant observation, unstructured interview, field notes, diaries);
Ob.3: Development of social analysis skills with particular reference to the processes of construction / representation of social relations, of the anthropologist / native relationship and to the historical-political processes connected to them;
Ob.4: Formation of personal opinions on the topics and aptitude for critical reading of the problems;
Ob.5: Ability to develop a critical reading of texts, images, speeches, and to connect the skills deriving from the taking of an anthropological perspective to the analysis of local and global social contexts;
Ob. 6: Ability to analyze the impact of social anthropology on contemporary local, national and international socio-political dynamics;
On.7: Ability to analyze conflicts that arise from a different cultural perception, focusing attention on the cultural dynamics that favor their resolution and on the social imaginary that generates them;
Ob.8: Awareness of the role that anthropology can play in interacting with the many social and institutional actors who turn to it to build new cognitive views on social reality
The course aims to transmit - maintaining a specific focus on the ethnographic method - the predisposition for a correct application of the social anthropology tools within a specific range of ethnographic contexts and thus allowing the use of these fundamental techniques within multiple social sectors.
Knowledge and understanding:
• Examine in-depth the knowledge on the application models of social anthropological knowledge;
• Examine in-depth the knowledge of the main key concepts of the discipline in the field of ethnographic methodologies and social agency;
Applying knowledge and understanding:
• Ability to apply the epistemological and theoretical frameworks of the anthropological discipline to the analysis of local, national and international contexts especially as regards the conflict dynamics and the sociopolitical context;
• Ability to reflect critically on the transformation processes of the society;
• Development of personal opinions on the topics dealt with, aptitude for critical reading of problems and the ability to develop operational proposals for resolving these;
• 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 and within professional contexts;
• the student will be able to autonomously deepen what he has learned, in order to use the knowledge acquired to achieve further results, characterized by an ever-greater maturity and an ever-wider autonomy of judgment.
• Acquisition of an advance competence of the anthropological epistemological frameworks, both in terms of language and terminology;
• Ability to formulate hypotheses, projects and applicative proposals using the knowledge and skills acquired;
• Ability to interact critically and constructively with expert interlocutors working in the third sector and in the private social sector, as well as with public and private institutions - national or international - operating in sectors in which anthropological expertise can be strategically relevant;
• Ability to effectively communicate research results as well as to present a paper or a research project using correctly the language and anthropological methodology
• Development of specific skills useful for the implementation of an independent and critical study of the anthropological disciplines declined in their applicative meaning;
• 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;
V.Matera (a cura di), Storia dell’etnografia. Autori, teorie, pratiche, Carocci, Roma, 2020.
1. Number of tests: only 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 origins of the ethnographic method and social anthropology: 2 CFU
Questioning of the ethnographic method and new research horizons: 2 CFU
Case study analysis and critical discussion: 2 CFU