The course aims to provide student with the basics of the Geography of the Environment. The different processes of development and adaptation triggered by the environmental prerogatives in the distinct regions of the world will be provided by an interdisciplinary approach to the geo-historical and physical geographical research. The course allows the student to develop an interdisciplinary dialogue with other areas of humanistic and scientific culture.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding At the end of the course, the student knows: - the main perspectives of geographical reflection - the fundamental elements for analyzing the relationship between human and environment from a geographical point of view - the basic bibliographic resources in the field of the Geography of the environment
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding At the end of the course, the student: - can deal with bibliography in geographical field - can apply knowledge in order to face with the wider debate on environmental themes from geographical perspective - can approach general issues by adopting the appropriate methodological skills to discuss the geographical arguments making use of an adequate lexicon
Lesson period: First semester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
The course deals with the problem of the man-environment relationship in a historical-geographical perspective. Through some examples we highlight the processes of differentiation of human societies linked to the different environmental prerogatives in the different regions of the world, the factors of convergence and adaptation. The reconstruction of the man-environment relationship will also highlight the main outcomes related to the current use of resources. Specific attention will be paid to the Italian case, with in-depth information on the water, mountain and wetland environments. No additional educational activities are planned.
Prerequisites for admission
No prior knowledge is needed
Lectures, debate and discussion
Readings and assignments for attending students Assignments for both 6 and 9 ECTS exams: - J. Diamond, Armi, acciaio e malattie, Einaudi, 2014 - R. McNeill, P. Engelke, La grande accelerazione. Una storia ambientale dell'Antropocene dopo il 1945, Einaudi, 2018 Additional assignments for 9 ECTS exam: G. Corona, Breve storia dell'ambiente in Italia, Il Mulino, 2015
Readings and assignments for non-attending students. Assignments for both 6 and 9 ECTS exams: - J. Diamond, Armi, acciaio e malattie, Einaudi, Torino, 2014 - R. McNeill, P. Engelke, La grande accelerazione. Una storia ambientale dell'Antropocene dopo il 1945, Einaudi, 2018 - E. Bompan, M. Iannelli, Water grabbing. Le guerre nascoste per l'acqua nel XXI secolo, Emi, 2018
Additional assignments for 9 ECTS exam: G. Corona, Breve storia dell'ambiente in Italia, Il Mulino, 2015
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final examination consists of written exam with open-ended questions for both attending and non-attending students. The exam verifies the students' knowledge on the program topics, with attention also to the argumentative ability.