SPS/07 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff

Office: Palazzo Reburdone, via Vittorio Emanuele, 8 - 95130 Catania
Phone: 095-70305256
Office Hours: martedì dalle 10,00 alle 12,00; giovedì dalle 10,00 alle 12,00, previa e-mail

Learning Objectives

In an interdisciplinary perspective, the course includes a presentation of institutional issues of sociology, in order to allow the students to acquire theoretical and methodological skills that enable them to analyze and interpret social processes characterizing contemporary society. In this respect, the course offers students theoretical coordinates for an analytical sociological study of social systems and social processes. In particular, the course provides students with theoretical coordinates to interpret social differentiation and inequality processes (gender, racial, and ethnic), and social inclusion and integration processes of cultural differences in our modern globalized society. The acquired knowledge will give students the competence of a theoretical-critical analysis and an empirical research capacity on the relevant social issues.

Detailed Course Content

The course includes two parts. The first part deals with the following institutional topics: object and origin of sociology; the main dilemmas of sociological analysis: order, change, conflict, action and structure; micro and macro sociology; modern society and culture of modernity; the elementary forms of interaction; social action, social relationship and interaction; systems of interaction and interdependence; status and roles; social groups and their properties; networks and social capital; the power and authority concept; bureaucratic organizations and their disfunctions; elements of culture and their implications for social action; values, norms and institutions; identity and socialization; communication; religion and society; gender differentiation and inequality; racial and ethnic differentiation and inequality; social change and the process of globalization.

The second part regards cultural differentiation processes in Western modern globalized societies. They will be analyzed by taking into account social inclusion and integrations models conceptualized by contemporary social theory (pluralist, multiculturalist, interculturalist approach) and their implications for safeguarding social integration itself and social cohesion. Particular attention will be given to perspectives of social integration proposed by Islamic neotraditionalism and liberal Islam and to their social implications

Textbook Information

1st part

1. Bagnasco A., Barbagli M., Cavalli A., Corso di Sociologia, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2012, Introduzione, Cap. II, III, IV, V, VI, X, XIII, XV, XXIV (pp.609-614, 628-635).


For communication issues:

2. Livolsi M., Manuale di Sociologia della Comunicazione, Laterza, Roma, 2004, from Introduction to p. 47.


Additional teaching materials will be distributed during the lessons and will be uploaded on STUDIUM.


Suggested readings

Connell R., Questioni di genere, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2009, pp. 276.

Mancini P., Manuale della comunicazione pubblica, Laterza, Roma, 2002, pp. 254.

Pace E., Guolo R., I Fondamentalismi, Laterza, Roma, 2002, pp. 165.


2st part

3. Sartori G., Pluralismo, multiculturalismo ed estranei, Bur, Milano, 2010, pp. 182.

4. Donati P., Oltre il multiculturalismo, Laterza, Roma, 2008, pp. 3-19, pp. 27-32.

5. Cesareo V., Società multietniche e multiculturalismi, Vita e pensiero, Milano, 2007, Cap. II.

6. Guolo R., L’islam è compatibile con la democrazia?, Laterza, Roma, 2007, pp.77-137.


Suggested readings:

Souad Sbai, L’inganno. Vittime del multiculturalismo, Cantagalli, Siena, 2010, pp. 248.

Bassam Tibi, Euro-Islam. L’integrazione mancata, Marsilio, 2003, pp. 188.

Salem E.M., Berti F., Lezioni di cultura islamica, Cantagalli, Siena, 2003, pp. 152.

Samir Khalil, Islam, Cantagalli, Siena, 2008, pp. 220.


Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.

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