Development Geography

A.Y. 2019/2020
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-GGR/01
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide students with the basic skills of the geography of development, with its theoretical and practical aspects, in order to stimulate a critical approach to the subject.
The specific objective of the first two modules is to introduce the basic development theories and strategies and their impact on the territory.
The specific objective of the third module is to provide students with theoretical and operational skills in development cooperation.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the student will have to know the basic development theories and understand the socio-territorial effects of different development strategies.
Finally, the student will have to be able to critically interpret development cooperation projects, identifying the actors involved, their aims and their strategies.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
The course aims to provide students with the basic skills of the geography of development, with its theoretical and practical aspects, in order to stimulate a critical approach to the subject.
The first part of the course will present the basic concepts of the geography of development, its theoretical currents and some relevant contemporary issues.
Secondly, the lectures will analyze the different development strategies that have emerged over the last few decades, with particular attention to the themes of nature and food.
The third module will focus on the theme of international cooperation, in its theoretical and practical dimension. After a short introduction, the lectures will focus on the development cooperation policies and on the strategies of
Course syllabus (nuovo testo da inserire in W4):

The course aims to provide students with the basic skills of the geography of development, with its theoretical and practical aspects, in order to stimulate a critical approach to the subject.
The first part of the course will present the basic concepts of the geography of development, its theoretical currents and some relevant contemporary issues.
Secondly, the lectures will analyze the different development strategies that have emerged over the last few decades, with particular attention to the themes of nature and food.
The third module will focus on the theme of international cooperation, in its theoretical and practical dimension. After a short introduction, the lectures will focus on the development cooperation policies and on the strategies of the main actors involved in the sector (international institutions, national governments, local authorities, non-governmental organizations, private companies).
Prerequisites for admission
The course is aimed at students enrolled in the second year of Human Sciences of the Environment, Territory and Landscape (enrolled from 2017/2018) and students of Human Sciences of the Environment, Territory and Landscape (old system).
Knowledge of the basic concepts of human geography is required.
Teaching methods
The course aims to combine theoretical analysis with practical examples of contemporary problems and development projects actually implemented. To this end, during the lectures various tools will be used (presentations, satellite images, maps, short videos, ...) that help understanding the complexity of the processes presented.
The teacher intends to stimulate the active participation of the students in order to encourage the emergence of a critical approach to the subject.
Teaching Resources
Attending students
Module A
- Contents of the lectures
- Bignante E., Celata F., Vanolo A., Geografie dello sviluppo, UTET, Torino, 2014.

Module B
- Contents of the lectures
- One book of the following:
Moore J. W., Patel R., Una storia del mondo a buon mercato, Feltrinelli, Milano, 2018 (English version available).
Pettenati G., Toldo A., Il cibo tra azione locale e sistemi globali. Spunti per una geografia dello sviluppo, Franco Angeli, 2018.
Raworth K., L'economia della ciambella, Edizioni Ambiente, 2017 (English version available).

Module C (only for 9cfu exam)
- Contents of the lectures
- Action Aid, Migrazioni, sicurezza alimentare e politiche di cooperazione, 2017. https://www.actionaid.it/app/uploads/2017/10/Report_Migrazione_Sicurezz…
- One book of the following:
Bini V., La cooperazione allo sviluppo in Africa: teorie, politiche, pratiche, Mimesis, Milano, 2016.
Dansero E. Bignante E., Scarpocchi C., Geografia e cooperazione allo sviluppo, Franco Angeli, Milano, 2008.
Duflo E., Banerjee A. V., L'economia dei poveri, Feltrinelli, Milano, 2012 (English version available)
Non-attending students:

Module A
- Bignante E., Celata F., Vanolo A., Geografie dello sviluppo, UTET, Torino, 2014.

Module B
- Two books of the following:
Moore J. W., Patel R., Una storia del mondo a buon mercato, Feltrinelli, Milano, 2018 (English version available).
Pettenati G., Toldo A., Il cibo tra azione locale e sistemi globali. Spunti per una geografia dello sviluppo, Franco Angeli, 2018.
Raworth K., L'economia della ciambella, Edizioni Ambiente, 2017 (English version available).

Module C (only for 9cfu exam)
- Action Aid, Migrazioni, sicurezza alimentare e politiche di cooperazione, 2017. https://www.actionaid.it/app/uploads/2017/10/Report_Migrazione_Sicurezz…
- One book of the following:
Bini V., La cooperazione allo sviluppo in Africa: teorie, politiche, pratiche, Mimesis, Milano, 2016.
Dansero E. Bignante E., Scarpocchi C., Geografia e cooperazione allo sviluppo, Franco Angeli, Milano, 2008.
Duflo E., Banerjee A. V., L'economia dei poveri, Feltrinelli, Milano, 2012 (English version available)
Assessment methods and Criteria
The oral exam aims to evaluate the knowledge of the program's topics, the clarity in the presentation of complex processes and the ability to critically interpret the topics presented.
Unita' didattica A
M-GGR/01 - GEOGRAPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
M-GGR/01 - GEOGRAPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
M-GGR/01 - GEOGRAPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor(s)