The course traces the representation of four stories (Venice the city of lovers; Getting lost in Venice; Venice and Death; Watermarks of Venice) and three ideas of Venice (Venice and its lagoon, Venice as special city, Venice as metropolitan city) from 1971 to 2005. In addition to an introduction to the Qualitative Research Methods (QRM), the course will investigate the relations of the three ideas with the capability of Venice to foster social innovation, especially through arts, creativity and academic knowledge. In particular, the course will explore what kind of social innovation is detectable through the stories and the ideas of Venice as a case study.
The aims of the course are:
Students should be able to recognize the basic assumptions, central ideas, and main criticisms of the concept of social innovation, especially in a sociological approach to globalization processes and their impact on local identities. In particular, with reference to Venice as case study developed during the course, at the end of their field research, students should be able to manage a qualitative research and write a research paper in an appropriate scientific style. At the end of the course students will be able to understand and manage the main issues of the social innovation.
The course uses the following methods of teaching:
The first part of the course is referred to the QRM which will then be applied to the case of Venice; the second to the four stories of Venice to contextualize the main global discourses on Venice; the third to the three ideas of Venice to trace the latest policy making. All these topics are preparatory to understand social innovation as innovation in social relations. The second and third parts attempt to answer to the question: what are we talking about when we talk about social innovation in Venice? The first part is preparatory to the field research for finding clues of social innovation in Venice.
(The guest speakers mentioned are TBC)
Chapter 1, classes 1-3: QRM
Chapter 2, classes 4-8: Stories of Venice
Chapter 3, classes 9-13: Ideas of Venice, Maurizio Busacca
Chapter 4, classes 14- 21: Social Innovation, Maurizio Busacca
Chapter 5, classes 22-24: Develop ideas of Venice, Guido Borelli
Presentation of the course
Biographic approach and interview techniques
Ideas of Venice - Introduction
Venice as a special city, from Giuseppe Mazzariol to Massimo Cacciari
Selected literature on Venice: a sociological reading (1)
Marghera as a garden city
Selected literature on Venice: a sociological reading (2)
Selected movie on Venice
Selected movies on Venice: a sociological approach
Getting lost in Venice (1): lecture by Daniele Vazquez / Ralph Rumney and The Leaning Tower of Venice
Roundtable with social innovators
The power of Social Innovation
Getting lost in Venice (2): lecture by Daniele Vazquez / Ralph Rumney and The Leaning Tower of Venice
Social Innovation: intuition, precept, concept, theory and practice
Interactive Lecture n.1 to trace practices of social innovation in Venice
Social Innovation through arts and creativity
Interactive Lecture n.2 to trace practices of social innovation in Venice
Interactive Lecture n.3 to trace practices of social innovation in Venice
Interactive Lecture n.4 to trace practices of social innovation in Venice
Psychogeographic derive to discover traces of social innovation in Venice
Midterm evaluation (at the end of Chapter 3).
The midterm evaluation consists of a production of a research project that students intend to subsequently implement in Venice. The research project will be organized so as to specify:
The final exam consists of:
The speeches will be presented in a special session (a sort of TEDx) that will be videotaped.
The final vote is made by the weighted average of the paper evaluation (60%), and the speech (40%).
The course uses the following evaluation criteria:
Brodskij, J. (2013), Watermark: An Essay on Venice, Penguin Books, London.
Goldsmith, S., Georges, G. and Burke, T.G. (2010). The Power of Social Innovation. How Civic Entrepreneurs Ignite Community Networks for Good, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.
Moulaert, F., MacCallum, D., Mehmood, A. and Hamdouch, A. (2013), The International Handbook on Social Innovation. Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, Northampton.
Norwich, J.J (2004), Paradise of Cities. Venice and Its Nineteenth-Century Visitors, Penguin Books, London.
Rumney, R. (2002), The Leaning Tower of Venice, Silverbridge, Paris.
Brodskij, J. (1991), Fondamenta degli incurabili, Adelphi, Milano.
Cacciari, M. (1988), Idea di Venezia, Arsenale, Venezia.
Costa, P. (1993), Venezia. Economia e analisi urbana, Etaslibri, Padova.
Mazzariol, G. (1969), La laguna per Venezia e il suo Hinterland, COSES, Venezia.
Settis, S. (2014), Se Venezia muore, Einaudi, Torino.