Population Geography

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-GGR/01
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The learning objective of the course is to develop knowledge related to population growth in a geographical and historical perspective. The course is designed to explain the arguments and assumptions of dominant theories of population change in time and space. This course will, therefore, also equip students with the basic quantitative, qualitative, and graphic tools and methods of population geographers to analyze and evaluate current population changes at different scales and in relation to territorial and social systems.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the student will have to know the main phases of the evolution of the world population in historical and geographical perspective and understand how these changes can evolve in the future at different scales. Students will be able to use population geography tools to analyze demographic data in order to answer the main questions on the main geographical and historical processes related to population changes in its dynamic and structural components in relation to territorial and social systems.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
If at the beginning of the second semester the health conditions did not yet allow to resume the didactic activities in presence in complete safety The lessons will take place remotely, asynchronously and Synchronously on Teams, for the discussion of contents between teacher and students, for sharing and critical reflection through guided activities. Students non attending lessons will use Examination Syllabus assigned.
Syllabus and assigned materials will not be changed.
All information will be communicated, following the indications provided by the University, on the Ariel site of the Teaching.
Course syllabus
Geographical dimensions and historical perspectives: population systems and transitions:

The aim of the course is to understand the main concepts and basic tools of demography; the major geographical and historical processes of population change: fertility, mortality and migration. The socio-economic, political, and environmental causes and consequences of population dynamics over time and in different world regions. Special attention will cover the main evolutionary stages of the world's population dynamics, demographic systems, the processes of transition, highlighting of concentration and differentiation of the population in a historical perspective
Prerequisites for admission
Students must have a good knowledge of the concepts and contents of Human Geography and Modern and Contemporary History.
Teaching methods
The course is taught using lectures, speeches of experts and whith some thematic insights through documentary videos and data analysis tools.
Teaching Resources
EXAMINATION SYLLABUS FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING CLASSES

PART A (6/9 CFU):
All listed materials:
· Bergaglio, M., La popolazione. Metodi, strumenti e fonti per gli Studi Umanistici, Milano, Guerini e Associati, 2018.
· All course sources including lectures, material covered in class, speeches and videos.

PART B (6/9 CFU)
All listed materials:
· Danna D., Il peso dei numeri, Teorie e dinamiche della popolazione, Trieste, Asterios Editore, 2019
· Angeli A., Salvini S., Popolazione mondiale e sviluppo sostenibile, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2018 - oppure - Angus I., Butler S., Too Many People?, Chicago, Haymarket Books, 2011.

PART C (9 CFU)
Choose two books between listed materials:
· Strozza S., De Santis G., Le molte facce della presenza straniera in Italia, Bologna, il Mulino, 2017
·Bergaglio M., Lambrugo C., Pepe L., (a cura di ), Il ventre e nel ventre. Riflessioni sull'infanzia dall'antichità ad oggi. Con prefazione di Cristina Cattaneo, Milano, Mimesis, in corso di stampa.
· Mencarini L., Vignoli D., Genitori cercasi. L'Italia nella trappola demografica, Milano, Università Bocconi Editore, 2018

EXAMINATION SYLLABUS FOR STUDENTS NOT ATTENDING CLASSES

PART A (6/9 CFU):
All listed materials:
· Bergaglio, M., La popolazione. Metodi, strumenti e fonti per gli Studi Umanistici, Milano, Guerini e Associati, 2018.
· Volpi R., Il mondo denso, Torino, Lindau, 2018

PART B (6/9 CFU)
All listed materials:
· Danna D., Il peso dei numeri, Teorie e dinamiche della popolazione, Trieste, Asterios Editore, 2019
· Angeli A., Salvini S., Popolazione mondiale e sviluppo sostenibile, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2018 - oppure - Angus I., Butler S., Too Many People?, Chicago, Haymarket Books, 2011.

PART C (9 CFU)
Choose two books between listed materials:
· Strozza S., De Santis G., Le molte facce della presenza straniera in Italia, Bologna, il Mulino, 2017
· Bergaglio M., Lambrugo C., Pepe L., (a cura di ), Il ventre e nel ventre. Riflessioni sull'infanzia dall'antichità ad oggi. Con prefazione di Cristina Cattaneo, Milano, Mimesis, in corso di stampa.
· Mencarini L., Vignoli D., Genitori cercasi. L'Italia nella trappola demografica, Milano, Università Bocconi Editore, 2018

EXAMINATION SYLLABUS to GET 6 ADDITIONAL CREDITS WITH A SECOND EXAM (ADVANCED)

PART A (6 CFU):
· Vecchi G, In ricchezza e in povertà. Il benessere degli italiani dall'Unità ad oggi. -PARTE PRIMA-, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2011.

PART B (6 CFU):
· Vecchi G, In ricchezza e in povertà. Il benessere degli italiani dall'Unità ad oggi. -PARTE SECONDA -, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2011.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The evaluation takes place through a written exam (60/90 minutes long depending on the number of CFU requested) that could comprise a mix of question types including multiple choice, true/false, short answers and brief essays. The method in which the examination will take place, if in presence or in electronic form, will be communicated on the Ariel website at the end of the course, based on the provisions established by UNIMI.
Assesment criteria: Students must demonstrate a correct and complete knowledge of the texts and materials indicated in the Syllabus, the consistency of the answers to the proposed questions and the ability to summarize the anwers in relation to the time and space on the page available for the test.
The student must demonstrate the ability to use a correct disciplinary vocabulary, the cleverness to read and comprehend dynamics and structures of the population, an argumentative competence and precision in explication.
Quantitative data is essential to analyze the evolution of demographic phenomena in a historical and geographical perspective and the ability to remember and use them correctly are considered signatory criteria for the evaluation.
Furthermore, knowledge of basic Geography, a good general culture and also the ability to write in a correct Italian, both from a lexical and grammatical point of view, are considered fundamental criteria for the evaluation.
In order to be considered passed, the test must be positive in all its sections.
It is possible to take the exam with this syllabus only from the May 2020 Examination term to the February 2021 Examination terml. Any variation from the program must be agreed in advance with the teacher.
Students enrolled before 2011 who are required to take 12 CFU in Population Geography in one single turn are invited to agree the program with the teacher at least TWO months before the examination day.
International or Erasmus incoming students are invited to contact the course teacher.
The examination procedures for students with disabilities and / or with DSA must be agreed with the competent Office and with the teacher.
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)
Reception:
Wednesday from 9.00 to 12.00. See personal web site for changes.
Because of sanitary emergence students can meet the teacher on line on Microsoft Teams in the same time scheduled. See on Ariel login code.