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Sociology of globalization
Sociologia della globalizzazione

A.Y. Credits
2021/2022 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Cesare Silla
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

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Learning Objectives

The course examines the subject of modern social institutions and their transformations, with particular reference to the age of globalization. Specifically, the aim is to analyze historically and explain sociologically the structural changes (economic, political, social and cultural) of contemporary societies and their consequences on subjective experiences. This will be accomplished by presenting the main topics covered, and the main theoretical perspectives developed on the subject.


The first part of the course is dedicated to the main transformations of modern social institutions during the twentieth century, and it will illustrate the transition from societal modernity, which emerged in the first part of the twentieth century and then institutionalized after WWII, to the so-called global modernity. The second part of the course is dedicated to the study of globalization, which is a multifaceted and nonlinear historical process, resulting in a vast array of social problems and opportunities to be theoretically engaged and critically discussed. Particular attention is paid to the political and economic dimensions of globalization and, consequently, to the transformations of democracy and the Nation-state on the one hand, and of capitalism and the consumer society on the other.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Lectures and active learning activities (comprehension quizzes, think-pair-share, brainstorming, concept maps, free-write)


Oral examination based on the following criteria: relevance of responses to the content of the program and level of response articulation.

Disability and Specific Learning Disorders (SLD)

Students who have registered their disability certification or SLD certification with the Inclusion and Right to Study Office can request to use conceptual maps (for keywords) during exams.

To this end, it is necessary to send the maps, two weeks before the exam date, to the course instructor, who will verify their compliance with the university guidelines and may request modifications.


Please, contact the teacher to discuss the study materials

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