Political and Economic Geography (advanced)

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide, to students of the master's degree course, the theoretical and analytical tools of political and economic geography to allow students to develop critical thinking and interpretations of economic and political phenomena which take place in space. Attention will be paid in particular to the themes of development and underdevelopment, spatial relations, international cooperation and tourism, in harmony with the more general training foreseen by the master's degree course in "Languages and Cultures for International Communication and Cooperation". Specifically, the objectives of the course include:
- gain knowledge and interpretive skills with reference to the spatial aspects of economic, political and geopolitical phenomena;
- the development of independent judgment and communication skills in an advanced argumentation and interpretation of relevant geoeconomic and geopolitical phenomena.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the student must have developed knowledge and a 'geographical eye' on a wide range of economic and political issues and, more broadly, geography of tourism.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
The first part of the course aims to introduce students to a critical reflection and to the global scale on contents, practices and tools of political and economic geography. The course will tend to grasp the great diversity of the contemporary world (with its regions that know different forms of development, underdevelopment and cooperation) and to highlight the different actors and points of view present on the international political scene and in world economic circuits. The main political-economic flows, transnational and technological networks, forms of governance at different geographical scales will also be analyzed.
In the second part of the course we will talk about the theme of tourism with its forms, its practices, its flows and its circuits. The main contemporary tourism systems are in fact inserted in the broader context of globalization and its reinterpretation, of current socio-economic relations and of today's geopolitical realities.
Prerequisites for admission
Students should know the main concepts of regional, urban, political and economic geography.
Teaching methods
Lectures useful to privilege the logical-conceptual language; participatory lessons supported by images, pictures, 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.
Teaching Resources
The teaching will be organized in two teaching unit:

Teaching unit A
- E-learning lessons and documents uploaded on "Ariel" digital teaching platform; - Cerreti C., Marconi M., Sellari P., Manuale di geografia politica ed economica, Laterza, Bari-Roma, 2019.

Teaching unit B
- E-learning lessons and documents uploaded on "Ariel" digital teaching platform;
- One text from this list:
Gavinelli D., Zanolin G., Geografia del turismo contemporaneo, Carocci, Roma, 2019
Turco A. (a cura di), Filiere etiche del turismo. Territori della vacanza tra valori, politiche e mercati, Unicopli, Milano, 2014.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of an oral interview on the topics described in the program. The aim is to verify the knowledge of the main themes of political and economic geography (dealt in class or present in the texts indicated in the course program). Specifically, the master's degree student will be assessed: on her/his ability to interpret the spatial aspects of socio-economic and political phenomena; on her/his communication skills of the main themes of the discipline; on her/his critical interpretative skills towards the topics studied.
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Gavinelli Dino
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)