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Cultural differences

  • A.A. 2015/2016
  • CFU 6
  • Ore 36
  • Classe di laurea LM-49
Isabella Crespi / Professoressa di ruolo - II fascia / Sociologia dei processi culturali e comunicativi (SPS/08)
Dipartimento di Scienze della Formazione, dei Beni Culturali e del Turismo

General knowledge of cultural sociology and good level of English

Obiettivi del corso

The aims of this course are: to provide a comprehensive understanding of modern multicultural society, to critically discuss the main issues of contemporary sociology of culture, to develop skills of a comparative analysis and assessment of cultural differences. In particular the course, by introducing students to different cultures and examining the concepts of cultural identity and cultural differences, is aimed at developing students' knowledge of other ways of life and providing a new understanding of their own cultures.

Programma del corso

The issue of cultural diversity is now a matter of importance for tourism, business and it is international dimension. It is important to take into consideration the impact multi-cultural diversity can have on both the people's life and work relationships. A needed skill in international tourism is the capacity of seeing human experience from the point of view of others who encounter and interpret the world in significantly different ways. Further, it offers a basic understanding of the culture of the country they will be dealing with, in managing tourism and business with different people. A knowledge of the etiquette associated with areas such as meeting and greeting and conducting negotiations will be part of the course and tips on how to increase their chances of success when doing business in/with different culture.

Main topics of the course:
The concept of culture
Cultural differences
Dimensions of national cultures
Cultural identities
Cultures and organizations
The evolution of cultures in the global world
Intercultural encounters and international tourism

Testi (A)dottati, (C)onsigliati
  • 1.  (A) G. Hofstede, G.I. Hofstede, M. Minkov Cultures and organizations. Software of the mind. Intercultural cooperation and its importance for survival McGraw-Hill (3rd Edition), USA, 2010 » Pagine/Capitoli: Chapters 1-3-4-5-6-7-8-11-12 (pages 370)
  • 2.  (C) G. Hofstede Culture's Consequences: Comparing Values, Behaviors, Institutions and Organizations Across Nations. Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks CA, 2001 » Pagine/Capitoli: all the book (400 pages)
Altre informazioni / materiali aggiuntivi

Additional materials will be available during the course on the teacher's webpage

Metodi didattici
  • Lessons, group discussion, homework and classwork. Case-studies and exercise will be provided during the course
Modalità di valutazione
  • Essays writings, presentations and classroom discussion for attending students.
    The exam is oral with open questions regarding the content of the book and the material indicated in the program.
    -knowledge learning and critical understanding
    -knowledge applied to social aspects
    -indipendent judgment
Lingue, oltre all'italiano, che possono essere utilizzate per l'attività didattica


Lingue, oltre all'italiano, che si intende utilizzare per la valutazione


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  • Presentation: final marks and info

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