Unit Socio-cultural Anthropology

Social work
Study-unit Code
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Fiorella Giacalone
  • Fiorella Giacalone
  • 63 ore - Fiorella Giacalone
Course Regulation
Coorte 2019
Learning activities
Discipline storico-antropologiche-filosofico-pedagogiche
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Obbligatorio (Required)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
We will be analyzed methods and techniques of cultural anthropology in its historical-critical evolution. The second part of the course will focus on community psychiatry and social innovation of mental health services.
Reference texts
Reference Books
F.Giacalone (a cura di) Il tempo e la complessità. Teorie e metodi dell’antropologia culturale, Milano, Franco Angeli, 2017.
F.Giacalone (a cura di), Il territorio oltre i luoghi di cura. Innovazione sociale e continuità nei servizi rivolti ala salute mentale, Perugia, Morlacchi, 2019.
Saggi di antropologia medica: Dei F., Corpo, salute, malattia (in Antropologia culturale, Il Mulino, 2012, pp.147-166); altri saggi di D.Cozzi e di “Animazione sociale” (per i frequentanti).

For those who do not attend, in addition, either:
U.Hannerz, La diversità culturale, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2001
Educational objectives
The course aims to provide students with: the specific of the ethnographic dimension and of the field research, - an analysis of some important sectors of contemporary anthropology, - a reflection on the dynamics related to medical anthropology and the problems concerning mental health and community psychiatry.The main skill will be to discuss the cultural dynamics and process of power-point for those who decide to work on the laboratory concerning community psychiatry and social innovation of mental health services.
The course does not have, but it should be that students have already passed the exams in sociology and history
Teaching methods
The course consists of: - lectures, - seminar with students attending classes with power-point presentation with a slide number not exceeding 20 per group
Other information
The teacher is available to give lectures and materials for anyone who wants to deepen the topics covered. Carrying out a term paper it is evaluated for the exam.
Learning verification modality
The exam includes an oral.The oral examination consists of a discussion of about 15-20 minutes, aimed at ascertaining the level of knowledge and understanding reached by the student on the theoretical and methodological implications mentioned in the program. The oral exam will also test the communication skills of the student with properties of language and autonomous organization of the exposure on the same topics in theoretical content.
Extended program
The first module will be of theoretical and methodological perspective. Will be examined some key concepts of social and cultural: inculturation, acculturation, ethnocentrism, individual and society, social structures and forms of power, forms settlement, city and social institutions. It will be analyzed the specific size of ethnographic research. We will briefly discuss some anthropological theories: evolutionism, the socio-French ethnography, functionalism, culture and personality, De Martino, structuralism, the 'interpretive anthropology, the turning post-colonial. Further reflection will focus on anthropology and urban medical anthropology.
The third part of the course will be dedicated to community psychiatry and social innovation in mental health services, in an interdisciplinary comparison between anthropology, psychiatry and social service.
On these fields students are involved in a laboratory for examining specific issues, on which to perform group work, with the introduction of power-point.
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