Cultural Geography

A.Y. 2021/2022
6
Max ECTS
40
Overall hours
SSD
M-GGR/01
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The first part of the course aims at introducing the students to a critical reflection on the theoretical and practice content of cultural geography, from its origins to its various branches. It will also present the New Cultural Geography that, since the 1980s of the 20th century, has paved the way to the classic themes of cultural geography (spaces, places and landscapes, in the light of the following approaches: marxist, psychoanalitical, postmodern, of gender studies and of cultural studies). The second part of the course will analyze in particular the humanistic and literary aspects of cultural geography in order to introduce students to a successful intertwining between Geography and Literature.
Expected learning outcomes
At the of the course students should have acquired the ability to understand the symbolic and metaphorical meanings of the cultural processes characterizing places and made explicit in specific symbolic forms and landscape patterns. This year's syllabus, in particular, will require students to show knowledge and understanding of the geographical meanings and dimensions of the mobilities in the third Millenium and of the tourism.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021-22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Course syllabus
The first part of the course aims at introducing the students to a critical reflection on contents, practices and instruments of cultural geography, from its origins to the present day. It will present the New Cultural Geography that, since the 1980s of the 20th century, has paved the way to the traditional themes of cultural geography (spaces, territories, places and landscapes) in the light of the approaches neo-marxist, psychoanalytical, postmodern, of gender studies and spiritualists. These skills complement the education of high-profile experts in the field of intercultural communication and international cooperation.
The second part of the course uses cultural geography to read the mechanisms present in the communities that travel and in those that welcome travellers. In particular, the main contemporary tourist systems will be presented, inserted in the broader context of globalization, of the current cultural and socio-economic relations and of the most modern communicative realities. Therefore, not only traditional and consolidated tourist practices will be analysed but also responsible, ethical, critical, supportive and sustainable ones as well as types of heritage (heritage, heritage from below, new heritage, heritage of everyday and presentation of selected national, European and international case studies).
Prerequisites for admission
Students should know the main concepts of human geography (space, environment, population, territory and region, landscape) and urban geography. Students who have not taken human geography exams are requested to supplement the program by reading Frémont A., Vi piace la geografia?, Carocci, Roma, 2007.
Teaching methods
Frontal lessons to privilege the logical-conceptual learning channel; participatory lessons supported by videos, images, photographs, cartographic and paracartographic representations to strengthen the visual and iconographic learning channel; dialogic lessons held by the teacher and by experts on specific topics
Teaching Resources
The teaching will be organized in two teaching unit:
Teaching unit A for attending students
- E-learning lessons and documents uploaded on "Ariel" digital teaching platform.
- Banini T., Geografie culturali, Franco Angeli, Milano, 2019.
Teaching unit B for attending students
- E-learning lessons and documents uploaded on "Ariel" digital teaching platform.
- Gavinelli D., Zanolin G., Geografia del turismo contemporaneo. Pratiche, narrazioni, luoghi, Roma, Carocci, 2019.

The student who intends to take the exam as NOT attending will bring the following program:
Teaching unit A for NON attending students
- Banini T., Geografie culturali, Franco Angeli, Milano, 2019.
- Bonazzi A., Manuale di Geografia culturale, Laterza, Bari-Roma, 2017.

Teaching unit B for NON attending students
- Gavinelli D., Zanolin G., Geografia del turismo contemporaneo. Pratiche, narrazioni, luoghi, Roma, Carocci, 2019.
- Pecoraro Scanio Alfonso (a cura di), Turismo sostenibile: retorica e pratiche, Roma, Aracne edizioni, 2016 (pages. 231- 243; 245-264; 289- 324). PDF available on http://www.aracneeditrice.it/index.php/pubblicazione.html?item=97888548…
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam will be an oral test aimed at verifying the knowledge of the main themes of cultural geography treated in class or present in the texts indicated in the course program. 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 Cultural Geography and the ability to present the topics in a clear and orderly manner.
M-GGR/01 - GEOGRAPHY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours
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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)