22910145 - Intercultural Didactics

To acquire cognitive, critical and creative skills.
To define the intercultural didactics like a form of educational mediation between the learners’ socio-cultural conditions and the global dimension of the knowledge, economics, politics, society, culture.
To identify, consequently, methods, tools and contents of an international perspective on the education.
Knowledge and understanding:
to define the theoretical and practical field of the subject.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
to plan curricular and extra-curricular courses of intercultural didactics .
Making judgements:
to “de-colonize the mind” (Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o).
Communication skills:
to improve the written and oral proficiency of the Italian language also through the reading and
the appreciation literary texts.
Learning skills:
learning to learn.


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9 Credits 54 hours

Prof. Donatello Santarone

Title and Course Content

World Poetry in Dante’s Comedy

The course aims to read and analyze some parts of Dante’s Comedy. We will trace the intercultural dimension of Dante's work, which is characterized by cosmopolitanism, intertextuality, interdiscursion.
Reading these texts and interpreting them as a critical exercise of the imagination, with the consequent historical-critical commentary, will consolidate three capacities of which the critic Romano Luperini speaks: “the cognitive capacity, widening and deepening specific knowledge of the discipline and of the linguistic and cultural knowledge that is obtained from the dense network of interferences that presides over reading and interpretation; the imaginative capacity, as an existential, emotional and cultural enrichment produced by the contact with the great reservoir of imagination that is literature; the critical capacity, from education to the complexity and the problematic nature of the hermeneutical moment to the partiality and interdialogical character of every truth and to the democratic dialectic of the conflict of interpretations. These three capacities outline the many educational objectives.”
Part of the program is dedicated to practical applications in a learning environment for early childhood.

Core Documentation

Exam Texts:

1) Dante Alighieri, Divina Commedia: selected "canti"

Dante Alighieri, La Divina Commedia, complete edition to choose from the following comments (it is recommended to follow these guidelines and to obtain more than one comment for the necessary comparisons):

 Natalino Sapegno (La Nuova Italia)
 Umberto Bosco, Giovanni Reggio (Le Monnier Scuola – Mondadori Education)
 Saverio Bellomo, Stefano Carrai (Einaudi)
 Emilio Pasquini, Antonio Quaglio (Garzanti)
 Maria Corti, Bianca Garavelli (Bompiani)
 Anna Maria Chiavacci Leonardi (Mondadori o Zanichelli)
 Enrico Malato (Salerno)
 Giorgio Inglese (Carocci)
 Vittorio Sermonti (Rizzoli).

2. Marco Santagata, Dante. Il romanzo della sua vita, Mondadori, Milano 2020.

3. Critical readings that will be progressively uploaded to Formonline starting from the beginning of the course (October 2021).

Type of delivery of the course

Method of teaching: seminar. Brief historical-critical introduction of the teacher, reading and analysis of the text, presentations by students, and discussion. Presentations from external experts and viewing films and documentaries. Production of short reports, educational courses, critical summaries, powerpoint, or other educational material by students.

Type of evaluation

Method of the examination: oral exam. Students will be asked to read, analyze and comment on the texts in the program. Please note: it is forbidden to make photocopies of text books; on the day of the exam the students must therefore bring their textbooks (and any library loans).