The course develops the theme of intercultural communication, the different levels that it implies as individuals, group and institutions. This last dimension is necessarily inscribed in the history of international relations. The difficulties of the "cultural"meeting between "the West" and the Muslim world is inscribed in a system of representations, which were defined as "Orientalism" and "Occidentalism".
Edward Said (1978),Orientalismo, traduzione di Stefano Galli, collana Nuova cultura (n. 27), Bollati Boringhieri, 1991.
Campani G.-Stanghellini G. (2014), I populismi nella crisi europea, Pacini, Pisa
Jean Ziegler (2010), L'odio dell'Occidente, Marco Tropea Editore.
Understanding the concept of culture.
Understanding the cultural relativism.
Understanding the relationship between communication and culture.
Understanding the social construction of stigma (gender, ethnicity, religious, etc ...).
Understanding the concept of Orientalism/Occidentalism. This knowledge will encourage independent thinking especially in front of social phenomena of discrimination.
A basic knowledge of European and World history from the beginning of modernity.
Constant attention to current events (daily reading of newspapers).
Basic notions of social sciences (society, conflict, social movement ...).
Lectures, online courses in order to enlarge the contents of some topics, group activities, videos, documentaries and movies, interventions of external experts.
The same program applies to students with regular attendance and students who can't regularly follow the course.
Type of Assessment
During the course, the assessment of the learning will be done through questions, debates and exercises. The final exam will be oral.
The course will begin with a presentation of the theoretical basis of intercultural communication, presenting the concepts of culture, acculturation and intercultural. In order to give examples of the intercultural encounter, the course will focus the specific forms taken by the East-West relationships. The course will then introduce the concept of Orientalism/Occidentalism in both historical and contemporary perspective and the actual implication of such an issue. For this we will consider the classical work of Edward Said and the recent esay of -jean Ziegler. The course will then focus on the intercultural dialogue as a political, educational and communicational perspective.