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Popular culture and the technological world and contemporary Germany.
Cultura popolare e mondo tecnologico e la Germania contemporanea.

A.Y. Credits
2019/2020 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Luca Renzi Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment
Teaching in foreign languages
Course partially taught in a foreign language German
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

Foreign languages and intercultural studies (LM-37)
Date Time Classroom / Location
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

The course intends to firstly describe in a comparative and intercultural way the discipline of Volkskunde and the fundamental study by Hermann Bausinger dating back to the 60s which describes the slow non-contrasting sliding of popular culture in the technological world or the appropriation of the latter by the former . Other texts by the author will also be used and they will be made available in handouts and uploaded to Moodle.

Secondly, the contemporary situation in Germany will be analyzed.


In a first part some of the studies of H. Bausinger will be critically analyzed. Later, the most current aspects of the socio-economic and political reality of contemporary Germany will be examined on the basis of the text by A. Bolaffi

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

- Understanding and critical skills to analyze aspects, historical and cultural events, placing them within a cultural overview of the historical development and their sociological and social repercussions.

- Skills of applying knowledge and understanding: the student will have the cultural and literary skills to the description and analysis of German culture.

- Making judgments: the student will have, through a broad spectrum of readings and references, critical skills that enable him to analyze and evaluate texts and cultural topics and matter autonomous opinions on socio-cultural issues concerning various historical periods.

- Communication skills: ability to come to understand and communicate and convey reality and different ages and use a specific language.

- The acquisition capacity of methodological tools and bibliographical and critical skills to further develop their area of knowledge for the next levels of studies.

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

Online notes and databases prepared by the teacher.

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Frontal lessons and seminars


There are no requirements, unless the observance of the program handbook

Course books

H. Bausinger, Cultura popolare e mondo tecnologico, ed. by L. Renzi. ETS, Pisa, 2020

A. Bolaffi, Cuore tedesco. Il modello Germania, l'Italia e la crisi europea. Donzelli, Roma, 2013


Oral examination. Term paper

Attending students can make use of a term paper, to be carried out in groups or individually during the course or to be delivered at the end of it, according to the criteria described by the teacher. It will be evaluated by the teacher with a mark in thirties and will integrate the oral exam score at 50%. Those who declare they are attending will have to attend at least two thirds of the lessons.

Non-attending students are required to follow the syllabus as provided by the handbook.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


Non-attending students are required to observe the program handbook and to verify the historical and cultural contexts through the network or other methods. They are also invited to visit the page on Blended Learning Uniurb for further study materials.


There are no requirements, unless the observance of the program handbook

Course books

Same as attending students


Oral examination. Remember that a CFU approximates the measurement of the hours of commitment dedicated by the student to training activities equal to 25 hours (lessons, seminars, practice, work at home). The present course is equivalent to 8 CFU, i.e. 200 hours of total activities: if the hours of class attendance are not included within this number of hours, they should be integrated by autonomous activities of equal duration.


Part of the course will be taught in German. The students can request to sit the final exam in German with an alternative bibliography.

Teil des Kurses wird auf Deutsch gehalten werden. Die StudentInnen können auf Nachfrage die Prüfung in deutscher Sprache mit einer Alternativbibliografie halten.

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