Anno accademico 2019-2020


Manuela Farinosi
Anno di corso: 1
Totale crediti: 6
Tipologia: Base
Periodo didattico: Primo Periodo
Lingua insegnamento: ITALIANO
Prerequisiti. The course has no specific prerequisites.
Metodi didattici. Lectures, laboratory activities, seminars.

The laboratory activities are an integral part of the course and support the lectures. They will be based mainly on works in which students will be involved in analysis concerning the world of communication and culture.

Modalità di verifica. The achievement of the expected learning outcomes will be assessed through written examination based on some questions designed to test knowledge and understanding of the main concepts of the course.
Altre informazioni. Lecture slides and additional resources will be posted on the e-learning platform:


The course aims to:

– offer students basic knowledge and skills on Sociology of communication and culture, illustrating theoretical approaches, main concepts and relevant topics;

– provide methodological tools to analyze and understand cultural and communication processes;

– provide critical tools to assess the positive and negative aspects of the dissemination and use of analogue and digital media and to analyze the continuous development of the media and culture system;

– provide basic knowledge to express effectively with analogue and digital media.


The course aims to provide students with the basic elements for understanding the mechanisms of communication, interpersonal and media, and to offer an overview of the main theoretical approaches developed in the sociological field. The first part of the program will examine the following topics:

a) Interpersonal communication: characteristics and forms; oral communication (face-to-face and mediated) and written communication (letters, emails, instant messages, chats, etc.)

b) Cultural communication (artistic and scientific);

c) Mass communication: structure and characteristics of the main means of mass communications; theories and methods of media analysis; the influence and effects of the media; media and power; the public;

d) The digital revolution and media convergence / divergence: The evolutionary phases of the web; computer-mediated communication; social relations and communication processes in social media.

The second part of the program will instead see a direct involvement of the students in some laboratory activities based on the analysis of media forms and languages.

There will also be some seminar lectures on specific topics.


– Paccagnella, L. (2010). Sociologia della comunicazione. Bologna: Il Mulino (pp. 7-165).

– Griswold, W. (2004). Cultures and societies in a changing world. Thousand Oaks: Pine Forge Press.