Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2018/2019 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Raffaella Santi By appointment (Palazzo Albani, via Bramante 17, II floor).
Teaching in foreign languages
Course partially taught in a foreign language English
This course is taught partially in Italian and partially in a foreign language. 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

Educational Sciences (L-19)
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Learning Objectives

General Objective: the course is aimed at providing the basic tools for  knowing and understanding themes and problems investigated by philosophical and scientific thought, knowing how to evaluate the rich complexity and the current validity for contemporary Man; it also aims to guide the student towards an autonomous development of the ability to read, to understand, and to analyze a classic text.

 Specific objectives:

1. to know how to understand the basic vocabulary of the discipline;

2. to know how to read and understand a modern philosophical text;

3. to know how to historically contextualize the text in question;

4. know how to interpret and analyze the text in question, identifying the underlying theories and arguments used by the author to support them;

5. to know how to compare the text in question with other related texts, identifying similarities and differences in theories and topics;

6. to be able to recognize any incongruity and inconsistency in the argumentative flow and in the ideas expressed by the author;

7. to be able to reason in a transdisciplinary manner, identifying ways of applying the contents learned, even in  didactic-educational contexts, according to age groups.

8. to know how to formulate an autonomous opinion on the theories that emerged from the analysis of the text and whether they have a significance or not in today’s human world.


The course explores and analyzes two classical philosophical and literary texts: Francis Bacon's New Atlantis and Francis Godwin's The man in the moon.

Bridging Courses


Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

1. Knowledge and the ability to comprehend: to have acquired the content foreseen by the program, understanding the fundamental lines and the particular aspects, even in a comparative perspective.

2. Application of knowledge and the ability to understand: know how to apply the concepts, ideas, theories and methodologies learned, even in contexts other than the original one; to be able to also extend across a transdisciplinary level.

3. Autonomy of judgments: reflecting and thinking about the various contents learned, developing a critical, autonomous, and flexible thought; being “open-minded”: open to the complexity of what is real, with an exploratory and investigative attitude; being able to question the theories of others and also one’s own.

4. Communicative skills: to demonstrate that we have acquired a mastery of the basic vocabulary of discipline and to know how to use it within a speech that is internally coherent and logically structured, according to a correct sequence of topics; the argumentative capacity must be in the use of analysis and synthesis, of inductive and deductive processes, as well as in the application of rhetorical techniques, up to the re-modulation of the subject according to the supposed interlocutor.

5. Learning skills: knowing how to use complementary resources available in addition to study texts – the materials entered by the lecturer in the Moodle platform, but also search engines on the web, bibliographic tools, etc. – to create a personal in-depth course.

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

Supporting Activities


Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Traditional lectures; however, students will be engaged as often as possible.


It's not compulsory.

Course books

1. Francis Bacon, Nuova Atlantide, a cura di Giuseppe Schiavone, BUR, Milano 2009.

2. Francis Godwin, L’uomo sulla luna, a cura di Giovanna Silvani, Longo Editore, Ravenna 1995.

3. Luisa Dolza, Storia della tecnologia, il Mulino, Bologna 2008.


Oral exam.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


Material published on the e-platform Moodle: blended.uniurb.it


It's not compulsory.

Course books

1. Francis Bacon, Nuova Atlantide, a cura di Giuseppe Schiavone, BUR, Milano 2009.

2. Francis Godwin, L’uomo sulla luna, a cura di Giovanna Silvani, Longo Editore, Ravenna 1995.

3. Luisa Dolza, Storia della tecnologia, il Mulino, Bologna 2008.


Oral exam.


For the oral exam students are free to choose their preferred language: Italian, English or French.

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