Economic geography and history

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
M-GGR/02 SECS-P/12
Learning objectives
Expected learning outcomes
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second 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 Teaching Unit (Workshop on "Economic History") is dedicated to the basic concepts of Economic History, and the evolution of the global economy in a historical perspective. It will address the problems of economic and sustainable development, examining its historical preconditions. It will also address the problems of inequality between continents, development lags, and sustainability issues.
The Second Teaching Unit (Economic Geography) will explore the fundamentals of the scientific discipline dedicated to the economic dimension of world geography. It will deal first of all with contemporary globalization, its significance, and its limits, explaining its manifestations and consequences for the contemporary reality of the planet. It will then deal with the problem of economic development and economic growth, exploring geographical factors that influence economic development, human capital and political factors that hinder development. Finally, it will explore the relationship between international trade and economic development and the role of borders, boundaries and the resurgence of protectionism. The problem of sustainability will be considered through the lens of spatial and geographic dimensions.
Prerequisites for admission
Prerequisites to attending the Course are a good knowledge of World Geography, Economics (general principles), Modern and Contemporary History, Economic History.
Teaching methods
The course includes face-to-face teaching lessons but also constant interaction with the students attending. It will involve lectures, the participation of foreign and Italian experts, class discussions, group work. All students are strongly encouraged to actively participate during class discussions and activities
Teaching Resources
The reference material of the Course is entirely indicated on the Ariel platform, on which are available the articles indicated to the students as reading (compulsory and recommended) which must be done before each lesson, and the books necessary to give the final exam. Further material will be indicated during the two teaching units that will compose the Course.
Since attendance of the course is compulsory, there is no program for non-attending students.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The examination will take place in the scheduled sessions. Students are expected to prepare in advance for each lesson, studying the material indicated in the Syllabus (available on Ariel platform). They will have the opportunity (during the second Teaching Unit, Economic Geography, and only for a limited number) to voluntarily prepare an oral presentation (individually or in a group, after submitting topics for approval) and to present it in classroom (using PowerPoint). Students will be graded on their ability to examine their specific topic, draw logical conclusions and on their ability to engage in reflexive and independent thinking. Instead of a presentation in class, each student is required (also within the First Teaching Unit) to write a research essay of no more than 3000 words (approximately 12 double-spaced pages, plus references) on designated topics related to the course material. Detailed instructions will be provided in class.
Economic geography
Lessons: 21 hours
Professor: Vitale Alessandro
World Economic History From Growth to Sustainable Development
SECS-P/12 - ECONOMIC HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 21 hours
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