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Summary Teaching Assignment
Academic Year 2018/2019
Type of Teaching Doctorate
Course 053637 - ISSUE MAPPING
Professor Ciuccarelli Paolo
Cfu 5.00 Type of Course Mono-Disciplinary Course

Phd Programme From (included) To (excluded) Course

Detailed program and learning outcomes

Charting the network of actors to foster (public) engagement

As “the important decisions which involve scientists’ work are no longer made by the scientific community alone”, understanding the structure of a social issue and then being able to address and engage multiple publics become a crucial component of the research activity. Public communication of science and research especially is no more only a matter of “leaving the ivory tower” and make research results visible: it’s a fundamental dialogic activity that builds the position, the identity and the accountability of a research group or individual; it generates consensus and it strengthens networking capabilities.

The mission of the course is twofold: one on side students will be challenged with the understanding of the social construction of an issue; on the other they will understand by practice the importance of communication, data and positioning along the whole research process. Students will experiment tools and methods to draw the map (or atlas) of an issue and to create a successful dialogic (listen + talk) strategy for their research activity. The course is a mix of theory and practice, based on a series of small exercises, with the aim of introducing students to specific tools and methods. Students will learn the basics of actor-network theory (Latour, B.) and public engagement and then they will be able to develop their knowledge and competences experimenting with their research process. 

The course is structued in 7 modules: the 1st one introduces the relation between Science and Society, the role of communication and the construction of the publics; the modules 2-­‐6 are dedicated to experiment specific tools and platforms (including social media and journalism) for mapping the issues and then represent engage multiple audiances; the role of images and diagrams in science communication and public engegamente ; the final module is a collective learning session, based on the discussion of individual results.

One of the modules will be co-tutored by Daniela Ovadia: a science journalist (member of the Italian order of professional journalists since 1997) and a science communicator specialized in public involvement and participatory processes on controversial issues related to science. She has a medical and neuroscientific background and works as a consultant in ethics and neuroethics since 2008 for many institutions and universities in Italy and abroad. She took part into EU projects in the field of ethics, RRI and ethics assessment. She is a member of the International Neuroethics Society, of the Italian Society for Neuroethics and Philosophy of Neuroscience (SINe), one of the founders and member of the steering committee of the European Association for Neuroscience and Law. She leads the Center for Ethical Science Journalism in Milan and she is the co-­‐director of the Neuroscience and Society Lab at the Brain and Behavioral Sciences Department at University of Pavia.

The course is supported by a series of documents that will be available to students at the beginning. After any lessons, the slide will be available in .pdf format. Students will also use digital (web) tools in one module. Each of them needs a computer with Internet connection.

Notes on methods of assessing

Exercises are the core of the evaluation process: students will be evaluated for their individual results and according to their capability to support the learning process of the class.


Teaching activities
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Schedule planning

January 31     09:15 – 13:15 B2.01 (Campus Bovisa Candiani/Durando)
February 05   09:15 – 13:15  B2.01
February 07   14:30 – 18:30  B2.01
February 12   09:15 – 13:15  B2.2.10
February 20   14:30 – 18:30  B2.2.10
February 26   14:30 – 18:30  To be defined
February 28   14:30 – 18:30  To be defined

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaVenturini, Tommaso, Diving in magma: How to explore controversies with actor-network theory. Public understanding of science, Anno edizione: 2010, Fascicolo: 19 (3)
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaLatour, Bruno, Reassembling the Social-An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory, Editore: Oxford University Press, Anno edizione: 2005
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaLatour, Bruno, Networks, Societies, Spheres â¿" Reflections of an Actor-Network Theorist. International Journal of Communication., Anno edizione: 2011, Fascicolo: 5
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaScholarly activities and reputation in the digital age: A conceptual framework. http://ciber-research.eu/download/20161116-Reputation_WP1_Scholarly_Activities.pdf

From CIBER Research

Didactic forms
Type of didactic form Teaching hours
computer laboratory
experimental laboratory
project laboratory

Information in English to support internationalization
Course offered in language English

Note Professor
schedaincarico v. 1.6.1 / 1.6.1
Area Servizi ICT