Urban and Regional Geography

A.Y. 2019/2020
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-GGR/01
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
This course will examine the most important contemporary geographic views that were influenced by the profound changes which have occurred during the last decades, activated by globalisation complex events. The appearance of new productive systems, the growing interdependence among various planet regions and the overcome of the traditional city-country relations, underline how on Earth complex historical, politics, socio-economic and cultural factors are changing material and immaterial landscapes acquired by the past. The linguistic and cultural mediator must know their redefinition and narration, in order to enhance his professional skills.
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

Responsible
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 LANGUAGE MEDIATION AND INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (Class L-12):
- must study the first part of the program (for 3 CFUs);
- must compulsorily study the first part of the program and choose between the second or the third part of the program (for 6 CFUs);
- must study all the three parts of the program (for 9 CFUs);
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 of the degree course in LANGUAGE MEDIATION AND INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (Class L-12) WHO CAN attend the lessons:
1- Slides of the lessons uploaded on "Ariel" digital teaching platform.
2- 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.
3- Teaching materials related to regional geography issues of greatest interest for students. materials will be uploaded on "Ariel" digital teaching platform.
4- One text from this list:
- SCOTT A.J., Città e regioni nel nuovo capitalismo. L'economia sociale delle metropoli, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2011.
- GIOVANNINI C., La geografia urbana, Milano, Bruno Mondadori, 2013.
- LAZZARINI A., Il mondo dentro la città. Teorie e pratiche della globalizzazione, Milano, Bruno Mondadori, 2013.
- OWEN D., Green metropolis. La città è più ecologica della campagna?, Milano, Egea, 2010.
- SEMI G., Gentrification. Tutte le città come Disneyland?, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015.

Students of the degree course in LANGUAGE MEDIATION AND INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (Class L-12)WHO CAN NOT attend the lessons:
1- FELLMANN J.D., BJELLAND M.D., GETIS A., GETIS J., Geografia Umana, fourth edition edited by SQUARCINA E. and PECORELLI V., Milan, McGraw-Hill, 2016 (PREVIOUS EDITIONS WILL BE NOT ACCEPTED). Student must not study chapters 2 and 13.
2- One text from this list:
AA. VV., Geography Notebooks n. 1/2018 (La Cina e le Nuove Vie della Seta, Approcci geografici e prospettive interdisciplinari), Rivista Scientifica disponibile online in modalità open access al seguente indirizzo: http://www.ledonline.it/index.php/Geography-Notebooks/index
CANNIZZARO S., CORINTO G.L., PORTO C.M., Il Mediterraneo dalla frattura regionale al processo d'integrazione, Bologna, Pàtron, 2009.
GAMBERONI E., PISTOCCHI F., L'Africa Occidentale. Ritratto di un'Africa che cambia, Bologna, Patron, 2013.
GAVINELLI D., DAL BORGO A.G. (a cura di), Asia-Pacifico: regione emergente. Luoghi, culture, relazioni, Milano-Udine, Mimesis, 2014.
MORAZZONI M., Geopolitica dell'America Centrale. Le inquietudini, l'eredità, il futuro, Bologna, Archetipo, 2010.
3- One text from this list:
- DEMATTEIS G., LANZA C., Le città del mondo. Una geografia urbana, Utet, Novara, 2014.
- GOVERNA F., MEMOLI M. (a cura di), Geografie dell'urbano. Spazi, politiche, pratiche della città, Carocci, Roma, 2011.

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);
- complete the 9 CFUs exam. In this case they will be tested orally both on the second and on the 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.
Teaching Unit 1
M-GGR/01 - GEOGRAPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Teaching Unit 2
M-GGR/01 - GEOGRAPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Teaching Unit 3
M-GGR/01 - GEOGRAPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
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)