Geography, environment, and the evolution of human societies

A.Y. 2021/2022
6
Max ECTS
40
Overall hours
SSD
M-GGR/01
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide student with the theoretical elements for an interpretation of the interdependence between man and environment from a geographical point of view. Particular attention will be paid to climate changes, analyzed as factors of construction, adaptation (and death?) of the human societies at different scales.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, the student:
- has a deep knowledge of the themes and theories on climate changes in the framework of human-environment relationships
- has a deep knowledge of the main terms of the actual debate on global warming

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course the student:
- can apply the knowledge acquired to discuss theses and develop critical judgments in relation to the issues addressed
- can approach the literature on climate changes critically, contextualizing it and recognizing the conceptual devices at work
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
During the ongoing covid emergency, the course syllabus will be maintained with the following changes made to enhance the effectiveness of the online version of the course, which was originally designed for face-to-face teaching:
- The lessons will be held in dual mode. The face-to-face lessons will allow the participation of students connected with MSTeams as well as students in the classroom.
- The recordings of the lessons will remain available until the end of the lessons
Online environments used:
Ariel: https://lbonardigaesu.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v5/home/Default.aspx
Teams: keycode in Ariel
Students wishing to participate in face-to-face lessons must refer to the following University provisions: https://www.unimi.it/en/study/bachelor-and-master-study/following-your-…
Students wishing to participate in MSTeams lessons must refer to the following technical guides: https://www.unimi.it/en/study/student-services/technology-and-online-se…
To participate in the exam sessions, students must refer to the following provisions:
https://www.unimi.it/en/study/bachelor-and-master-study/following-your-…
Course syllabus
1) Geographical expansion and ecological transgression
Through the analysis of the main stages of human evolution, the current distortion of environmental balances is traced to the deep events of ecological transgression operated by Homo Sapiens.

2) The climate issue
Climate change is analyzed both as a co-factor of evolution of human history at different scales, and for the questions posed by their current intensity. Today's anthropogenic climate change is read through some of its most important environmental and territorial effects.

The course is mainly aimed at students of the degree course in Philosophical Sciences.

No additional educational activities are planned.
Prerequisites for admission
No prior knowledge is needed
Teaching methods
- Lectures
- Debate
Teaching Resources
Readings and assignments for attending students:
- G. Chelazzi, L'impronta originale. Storia naturale della colpa ecologica, Einaudi, 2013
- R. Scolari, Disastro e sopravvivenza, Mimesis, 2020

Readings and assignments for non-attending students:
- G. Chelazzi, L'impronta originale. Storia naturale della colpa ecologica, Einaudi, 2013
- W. Ruddiman, L'aratro, la peste, il petrolio. L'impatto umano sul clima, Ube, 2015
- R. Scolari, Disastro e sopravvivenza, Mimesis, 2020
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final examination consists of a written exam with open-ended questions, for both attending and non-attending students. The exam verifies the students' knowledge on the program topics, with attention to the overall synthesis and activation capacities of relevant interdisciplinary links.
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