Urban and regional geography

A.Y. 2019/2020
6
Max ECTS
48
Overall hours
SSD
M-GGR/01
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
Al termine del corso, lo studente dovrà dimostrare di aver raggiunto competenze specifiche nell'analisi delle relazioni territoriali alle diverse scale. Dovrà quindi saper leggere e comprendere il significato dei processi socio-spaziali che definiscono i caratteri morfogenetici dei diversi contesti urbani e regionali, immersi nelle più ampie dinamiche sovranazionali e globali.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the candidate must demonstrate to have reached specific skills in analysing territorial relations on different scales. Hence, he should be prepared to read and understand the meaning of the social and spatial processes which describe the morphogenetic characters in the various urban and regional frameworks, immersed in the wider supranational and global dynamics.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
The course will focus on the main concepts, objectives and methods of Urban and Regional Geography. More specifically, attention will be given to the different regions that will be analyzed from a multi-scale perspective (anthropic regions, cultural regions, economic regions, political regions, urban regions, etc.). The diversity of geography (population, historical, economic, political, urban, etc.) will also be examined in order to achieve a systemic vision of the complexity of the planet and provide students with useful tools for the interdisciplinary dialogue with the linguistic, cultural and social dimensions.
Class attendance is recommended for a better preparation of the exam. For students who cannot attend, a specific program is provided. The use of appropriate tools (Atlases De Agostini, Zanichelli, Le Monde Diplomatique, Geographic Encyclopedia Garzanti, De Agostini Atlas Calendar, etc. in recent edition) is recommended to all students.
The course is aimed at students of the Bachelor's degree courses in LANGUAGE MEDIATION AND INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (Class L-12) and in BIOGEOSCIENCES: ANALYSIS OF ECOSYSTEM AND SCIENCE COMMUNICATION (Class LM-60).
Students of the degree course in BIOGEOSCIENCES: ANALYSIS OF ECOSYSTEM AND SCIENCE COMMUNICATION (Class LM-60):
- must compulsorily study the first part of the program (for 3 CFUs) following the specific indications for the students of this degree course;
- must compulsorily study the first and second part of the program (for 6 CFUs) following the specific indications for the students of this degree program.
Prerequisites for admission
To be able to understand the change and diversity of geographical regions also with reference to their evolution both in a diachronic dimension (through the comparison between different historical periods) and in a synchronic dimension (through the comparison between geographical and cultural areas). To be able to observe, describe and analyze phenomena belonging to natural and anthropic reality in a systemic and complex perspective.
Teaching methods
Lectures useful to privilege the logical-conceptual language; participatory lessons supported by cartographic and paracartographic representations to strengthen the learning of the visual and iconographic language; interactive lessons conducted by the teacher and by experts on specific topics. Didactic excursions aimed at reading the landscape and the territory may be organized.
Teaching Resources
Students in the BIOGEOSCIENCES: ANALYSIS OF ECOSYSTEM AND SCIENCE COMMUNICATION (Class LM-60):
1- One text from this list:
- DANSERO E., BAGLIANI M., Politiche per l'ambiente, Utet, Novara, 2011
- FRÉMONT A., Vi piace la geografia?, Italian version edited by Dino Gavinelli, Carocci, Rome, 2007 (fifth re-print 2014). Students must NOT study chapters 2, 18, 19.
2- One text from this list:
- BARTALETTI F., Le Alpi. Geografia e cultura di una regione nel cuore dell'Europa, Franco Angeli, Milan, 2011
- FUSCHI M. (a cura di), Il Mediterraneo. Geografia della complessità, Franco Angeli, Milan, 2008.
- GIOVANNINI C., La geografia urbana, Bruno Mondadori, Milan, 2013.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam for all students consists in an oral discussion on the topics described in the program and aims at checking the knowledge of the key themes of Urban and Regional Geography. In particular, students will have to demonstrate that they have achieved skills useful to read the territorial processes of globalization operating at different scales. Students must also be able to demonstrate specific skills aiming at analyzing the processes that characterize contemporary regions and landscapes.
For foreign students and STRANIMEDIA students there is a compulsory written test on the first part of the program (which is valid for 3 CFUSs). During the written test (consisting of open and closed questions) students can only consult the bilingual dictionary from their mother tongue to Italian (digital versions are not allowed).
ONLY after passing this written test, students can complete the 6 CFUs exam. In this case they will be tested orally on the second or third part of the program (students MUST choose whether to study the second or third part of the program);
The program is valid for one academic year, starting from the end of the lessons. Therefore, for the academic year 2019/2020 it will be possible to do the exam with this program only until SEPTEMBER 2020 included.
M-GGR/01 - GEOGRAPHY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor: Gavinelli Dino
Professor(s)
Reception:
Students reception is held every Tuesday, on a weekly basis, from 09.30 to 12.30 am.
Students reception will be held in presence in the office 1044 in Sesto San Giovanni and on skype only for students who have valid reasons recognized by the Professor (skype address during reception hours: dinogavinelli)