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Economic Sociology (Sociologia dei processi economici)


Economic Sociology


Anno accademico 2013/2014

Codice dell'attività didattica
Prof. Anna Cugno (Titolare del corso)
Prof. Vincenzo Giorgino (Titolare del corso)
Corso di studi
Business and Management
3° anno
Affine o integrativo
SSD dell'attività didattica
SPS/09 - sociologia dei processi economici e del lavoro
Modalità di erogazione
Lingua di insegnamento
Modalità di frequenza
Tipologia d'esame
Modalità d'esame
The evaluation is based on several tools:
1) a written exam on all course topics; and
2) a number of class-assignments related to the topics of each module.
The written exam is an in-class, closed-notes and closed-books test and consists of:
- twenty multiple choices, true or false, filling gap questions; and
- two short essays, in the provided area.
Students have sixty minutes to answer.

Sommario insegnamento


Obiettivi formativi

The course is split into two modules.
After a general orientation to economic sociology, in the first module Professor Anna Cugno examines economic changes in contemporary capitalist societies, and the way in which social theorist have attempted to analyse them. It aims to set key issues within the sociology of economic life in the context of increasingly international social and economic arrangements.
In the second module Professor Vincenzo Giorgino focuses on contemporary developments of a cultural approach in the discipline, addressing issues related to the intimate sphere for their relevance in our society.


Risultati dell'apprendimento attesi

1) Knowledge and understanding ability.

To provide an introduction to:
a) economic sociology (primary concepts, main approaches, key theories);
b) sociological analysis of economy, economic processes and institutions; and
c) the role of culture in the economic life.
With these instruments the students can understand how economic activities and processes are both enabled by social relations and social institutions.

2) Capability to apply knowledge and understanding

To achieve substantial skills for the observation of economic processes with sociological imagination, joining conceptual schemes, empirical aspects from research and personal experience.
In the last part of module 2 a specific attention is devoted to a wakefulness-based model in science and professional practice.

3) Capability to approach the subject in a critical manner

To help students to search alternative accounts of phenomena that most specialists have explained only in terms of economics.
To develop a critical approach to social reality and to favour a compassionate approach in the profession.

4) Communication abilities

To allow students to describe the interdependence among economic, social, political and cultural factors.
To develop the ability to participate and talk in public and to write a short presentation on a preferred argument. In both cases observational, critical and experiential skills are greatly encouraged.

5) Learning ability

Attendance and participation are required and brief reports about published materials could be assigned during the class.



The first module is organized around three core themes and specific topics:
I)The economic globalization
- Capitalism and globalization
- Global scape and network economy
- Power and resistance in the global economy
II) The recent processes of production restructuring
- Post-fordism and post-industrialism
- The economy of information and signs
III) Social identities and economic division
- Class
- Structures of inequality
- Insecurity and social exclusion

A specific attention is devoted to the role played by the cultural approach in the discipline. In fact the study of Economic Processes has been changed significantly from the emergence of the so-called New Economic Sociology.
The module explores processes related to the most intimate aspects of personal life: the commodification of emotions, the possibility of transformations of body and mind, the use of licit and illicit substances, sensitive issues related to life and death.These phenomena are subjected to meaningful attributions and economic arrangements of different kinds.
The final part of the course addresses the theoretical and empirical aspects of compassionate approach in economic life, focusing on the organizational and professional issues it arises.

Testi consigliati e bibliografia


Required books will be suggested at the beginning of the course (on the Klips website) and other readings will be available at the Library or hand out during the course.



Attendance is mandatory. During the course students will be involved in different class-works. These exercises will be evaluated and contribute to the final graduation.

Warning for the Faculty Erasmus students entitled to spend a semester in a foreign Country with an Erasmus grant.
In case the host University is not able to offer any Economic sociology programs, Faculty students are requested to contact Prof. A. Cugno and V. Giorgino (in the office hours) before the beginning of the course (November 5th 2012), to define an alternative exam program.

Office hours: available info on the Klips website.
TEL +39 (0)11 6706092

Vincenzo Mario Bruno GIORGINO
Office hours: Thursday 4-6 p.m. Fifth floor, door 5.07, office 5.05.
TEL +39 (0)11 6706093

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