Urban and Regional Geography

A.Y. 2020/2021
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

A-K

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Didactic methods
Asynchronous, short duration lectures (videolectures constituted by the recording of the teacher's desktop with audio explanations) will be made available, covering topics of each week of the course.
During the selected teaching week in attendance, from 26 to 30 October 2020. In case the teaching is selected, moments of teaching in presence will be organized. Modalities and times will be communicated on the Ariel platform.

Reference materials
Course program and reference materials will not change.

Learning verification and evaluation criteria
The final exam will be an oral test through the Microsoft Teams platform or, if so permitted by regulation, in person as an oral test.
The examination, in particular, will be aimed at:
- ascertaining the achievement of the objectives in terms of knowledge and comprehension;
- ascertaining the ability to apply knowledge and understanding through the discussion of case studies presented during the lessons;
- verifying the student's autonomy of judgment also through the case studies discussed during the lessons;
- ascertaining the mastery of the specific language concerning the Urban and Regional Geography and the ability to present the topics in a clear and orderly manner.
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 Touring Club Italiano, De Agostini, Zanichelli, Le Monde Diplomatique, Geographic Encyclopedia Garzanti, De Agostini Atlas Calendar, etc. in recent edition) is recommended to all students.

Students who plan a 6 CFUs exam must study the Teaching Unit A and the Teaching Unit B or C.
Students who plan a 9 CFUs exam must study the Teaching Unit A, B and C.

Please note that the possibility of taking the exam for 3 CFU is reserved EXCLUSIVELY for students enrolled in the academic year 2019-20 or in previous academic years. Teaching unit A is the one that must be prepared to take the 3 cfu exam.

Students who cannot attend the lessons must contact the teachers with which she/he will establish a personalized 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 analyse 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 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. Didactic excursions aimed at reading the landscape and the territory may be organized.
Teaching Resources
The teaching will be organized in three teaching unit.

Teaching unit A:
- E-learning lessons and documents uploaded on "Ariel" digital teaching platform. - Frémont A., Vi piace la geografia?, edizione italiana a cura di Dino Gavinelli, Carocci, Roma, 2007 (quinta ristampa 2014). Lo studente NON deve preparare i capitoli 2, 18, 19.

Teaching unit B:
- E-learning lessons and documents uploaded on "Ariel" digital teaching platform.
- 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), open access journal available at this website: http://www.ledonline.it/index.php/Geography-Notebooks/index
Corsale A., Geografia delle minoranze tra Baltico e Mar Nero, Milano, Franco Angeli, 2016.
Gamberoni E., Pistocchi F., L'Africa Occidentale. Ritratto di un'Africa che cambia, Bologna, Patron, 2013.
Gavinelli D., Dal Borgo A.G. (eds), 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.
Talia I., Amato V., Scenari e mutamenti geopolitici. Competizione ed egemonia nei grandi spazi, Bologna, Pàtron, 2019.

Teaching unit C:
- E-learning lessons and documents uploaded on "Ariel" digital teaching platform.
- One text from this list:
Amin A., Thrift N., Vedere come una città, Milano-Udine, Mimesis, 2020
Dematteis G., Lanza C., Le città del mondo. Una geografia urbana, Utet, Novara, 2014.
Owen D., Green metropolis. La città è più ecologica della campagna?, Milano, Egea, 2010.
Scott A.J., Città e regioni nel nuovo capitalismo. L'economia sociale delle metropoli, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2011.
Semi G., Gentrification. Tutte le città come Disneyland?, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015.

Students who plan a 6 CFUs exam must study the Teaching Unit A and the Teaching Unit B or C.
Students who plan a 9 CFUs exam must study the Teaching Unit A, B and C.

Please note that the possibility of taking the exam for 3 CFU is reserved EXCLUSIVELY for students enrolled in the academic year 2019-20 or in previous academic years. Teaching unit A is the one that must be prepared to take the 3 cfu exam.

Students who cannot attend the lessons must contact the teachers by e-mail.
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.
The program is valid for one academic year, starting from the end of the lessons. Therefore, for the academic year 2020/2021 it will be possible to do the exam with this program only until SEPTEMBER 2021 included.
M-GGR/01 - GEOGRAPHY - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor: Gavinelli Dino

L-Z

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Didactic methods
Asynchronous, short duration lectures (videolectures constituted by the recording of the teacher's desktop with audio explanations) will be made available, covering topics of each week of the course.
During the selected teaching week in attendance, from 26 to 30 October 2020. In case the teaching is selected, moments of teaching in presence will be organized. Modalities and times will be communicated on the Ariel platform.

Reference materials
Course program and reference materials will not change.

Learning verification and evaluation criteria
The final exam will be an oral test through the Microsoft Teams platform or, if so permitted by regulation, in person as an oral test.
The examination, in particular, will be aimed at:
- ascertaining the achievement of the objectives in terms of knowledge and comprehension;
- ascertaining the ability to apply knowledge and understanding through the discussion of case studies presented during the lessons;
- verifying the student's autonomy of judgment also through the case studies discussed during the lessons;
- ascertaining the mastery of the specific language concerning the Urban and Regional Geography and the ability to present the topics in a clear and orderly manner.
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 Touring Club Italiano, De Agostini, Zanichelli, Le Monde Diplomatique, Geographic Encyclopedia Garzanti, De Agostini Atlas Calendar, etc. in recent edition) is recommended to all students.

Students who plan a 6 CFUs exam must study the Teaching Unit A and the Teaching Unit B or C.
Students who plan a 9 CFUs exam must study the Teaching Unit A, B and C.

Please note that the possibility of taking the exam for 3 CFU is reserved EXCLUSIVELY for students enrolled in the academic year 2019-20 or in previous academic years. Teaching unit A is the one that must be prepared to take the 3 cfu exam.

Students who cannot attend the lessons must contact the teachers with which she/he will establish a personalized 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 analyse 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 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. Didactic excursions aimed at reading the landscape and the territory may be organized.
Teaching Resources
The teaching will be organized in three teaching unit.

Teaching unit A:
- E-learning lessons and documents uploaded on "Ariel" digital teaching platform. - Frémont A., Vi piace la geografia?, edizione italiana a cura di Dino Gavinelli, Carocci, Roma, 2007 (quinta ristampa 2014). Lo studente NON deve preparare i capitoli 2, 18, 19.

Teaching unit B:
- E-learning lessons and documents uploaded on "Ariel" digital teaching platform.
- 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), open access journal available at this website: http://www.ledonline.it/index.php/Geography-Notebooks/index
Corsale A., Geografia delle minoranze tra Baltico e Mar Nero, Milano, Franco Angeli, 2016.
Gamberoni E., Pistocchi F., L'Africa Occidentale. Ritratto di un'Africa che cambia, Bologna, Patron, 2013.
Gavinelli D., Dal Borgo A.G. (eds), 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.
Talia I., Amato V., Scenari e mutamenti geopolitici. Competizione ed egemonia nei grandi spazi, Bologna, Pàtron, 2019.

Teaching unit C:
- E-learning lessons and documents uploaded on "Ariel" digital teaching platform.
- One text from this list:
Amin A., Thrift N., Vedere come una città, Milano-Udine, Mimesis, 2020
Dematteis G., Lanza C., Le città del mondo. Una geografia urbana, Utet, Novara, 2014.
Owen D., Green metropolis. La città è più ecologica della campagna?, Milano, Egea, 2010.
Scott A.J., Città e regioni nel nuovo capitalismo. L'economia sociale delle metropoli, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2011.
Semi G., Gentrification. Tutte le città come Disneyland?, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015.

Students who plan a 6 CFUs exam must study the Teaching Unit A and the Teaching Unit B or C.
Students who plan a 9 CFUs exam must study the Teaching Unit A, B and C.

Please note that the possibility of taking the exam for 3 CFU is reserved EXCLUSIVELY for students enrolled in the academic year 2019-20 or in previous academic years. Teaching unit A is the one that must be prepared to take the 3 cfu exam.

Students who cannot attend the lessons must contact the teachers by e-mail.
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.
The program is valid for one academic year, starting from the end of the lessons. Therefore, for the academic year 2020/2021 it will be possible to do the exam with this program only until SEPTEMBER 2021 included.
M-GGR/01 - GEOGRAPHY - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Educational website(s)
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)