PHILOSOPHY OF INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
The course is mainly designed for students following the Master's Degree in Philosophical Methods and it is aimed at in-depth study of the questions of multiculturalism and intercultural communication. The course will introduce the major theoretical questions related to this debate and highlight the inevitable links with other human sciences.
Approaching – through the analysis of historical texts and contemporary documents – major topics of the contemporary international debate such as multiculturalism, cultural identity and otherness, and the possibility for people and groups belonging to different cultures to live together. Students will focus on the "multicultural mind" model and on the concept of communication (both in its basic features and in its intercultural aspects).
AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES
At the end of the course the student should be able: to master the terminology of the subject; to treat and discuss its distinctive issues at an advanced level; to assimilate the fundamental concepts and arguments used in the presented texts in a critical and personal form.
Lectures; class discussion.
The aim of the course is to propose the analysis of "classical" problems such as the definition of identity and the development of intersubjectivity starting from both a personal and socio-cultural perspective, in order to underline finally the strong conceptual relevance of the ideas of "sympathy", recognition and translation (as models of intercultural communication). Particular attention will be devoted to the phenomenological-hermeneutical paradigm, especially to the proposal by Max Scheler and Paul Ricoeur. Some of the major topics of the contemporary intercultural debate will be analyzed more in detail, to allow students to relate themselves critically to the current paradigms of communication and cohabitation (or not) between cultures and specifically to identify their more or less hidden theoretical-philosophical assumptions.
The reading list for this course, together with the lecturer's suggestions and instructions are available on the Italian version of the web page.
GERARDO CUNICO (President)
EDOARDO SIMONOTTI (President)
Lectures; class discussion.
February 20, 2019.
The exam consists of an oral interview.
The expected learning outcomes will be assessed according to the following criteria: the acquisition of the specific terminology of the subject; the understanding and presentation of the fundamental concepts and arguments used in the texts indicated in the programme and commented in the lectures; the active participation in the class discussions.
Pre-registration is required.
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Attendance is recommended.