Urban and Regional Geography

A.Y. 2021/2022
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
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 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 (human, population, historical, economic, political, urban, etc.) will also be investigated 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, economic and social dimensions.
Class attendance is recommended for a better preparation of the exam. For students unable to attend, a specific program is provided. The use of appropriate tools (latest editions of the atlases of Touring Club Italiano, De Agostini, Zanichelli, Le Monde Diplomatique, De Agostini Atlas Calendar, etc.) is recommended to all students.

Students - both attending and non-attending - who plan a 6 CFUs exam must study the Teaching Unit A and another Teaching Unit of his/her choice between B or C.
Students who plan a 9 CFUs exam must study the Teaching Unit A, B and C.
Prerequisites for admission
To be able to understand thediversity of geographical regions with reference to their evolutions and transformations both in a diachronic dimension (through the comparison among different historical periods) and in a synchronic one. To be able to observe, describe and analyse phenomena belonging to natural and anthropic reality in a systemic and complex way.
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 held by the Professor and by experts on specific topics. Didactic excursions aimed at reading the landscape and the territory may be organized.
Teaching Resources
Materials for ATTENDING STUDENTS

Teaching Unit A
- Lessons and documents uploaded on the digital teaching platform Ariel.
- Frémont A., Vi piace la geografia?, edizione italiana a cura di Dino Gavinelli, Carocci, Roma, 2007 (fifth printing 2014). Except for the following chapters: 2, 18, 19.

Teaching unit B
- Lessons and documents uploaded on the digital teaching platform Ariel.
- Gavinelli D., Goldstein Bolocan M. (a cura di). Regioni e regionalizzazioni nello spazio-mondo in divenire, Milano, Pearson, 2022.

Teaching Unit C
- Lessons and documents uploaded on the digital teaching platform Ariel.
- One text from this list:
Amin A., Thrift N. Vedere come una città, Milano-Udine, Mimesis, 2020.
Moretti E. La nuova geografia del lavoro, Milano, Mondadori, 2017.
Scott A.J. Città e regioni nel nuovo capitalismo. L'economia sociale delle metropoli, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2011.
Tononi M., Pietta A. Città in transizione: un'analisi geografica delle relazioni socio-ecologiche a scala urbana, Milano-Udine, Mimesis, 2021.
Vicari Haddock S. Questioni urbane. Caratteri e problemi della città contemporanea, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2013.


Materials for NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS

Teaching Unit A
- Bjelland M.D., Montello D.R. e Getis A. Geografia umana, Milano, McGraw-Hill Education, 2020.

Teaching Unit B
- Gavinelli D., Goldstein Bolocan M. (a cura di). Regioni e regionalizzazioni nello spazio-mondo in divenire, Milano, Pearson, 2022.
- One text from this list:
Bonavero P., Dansero E. e Vanolo A. Geografie dell'Unione Europea. Temi, problemi e politiche nella costruzione dello spazio comunitario, Torino, UTET, 2006.
Corsale A. Geografia delle minoranze tra Baltico e Mar Nero, Milano, Franco Angeli, 2016 (available on Franco Angeli Internet site).
Gamberoni E., Pistocchi F. L'Africa Occidentale. Ritratto di un'Africa che cambia, Bologna, Patron, 2013.
Gavinelli D., Dal Borgo A.G. (a cura di). 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.
Vaghi M. (a cura di). I mondi dell'Asia, Milano-Udine, Mimesis, 2016.
Zanolin G. Geografia dei Parchi Nazionali Italiani, Carocci, Roma, 2021 (forthcoming).

Teaching Unit C
- One text from this list:
Dematteis G., Lanza C. Le città del mondo. Una geografia urbana, Torino, UTET, 2014.
Governa F., Memoli M. Geografia Dell'urbano: spazi, politiche, pratiche della città, Roma, Carocci, 2011.
Rossi U., Vanolo A., Geografia politica urbana, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2010.
Rossi U., Vanolo A., Geografia politica urbana, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2010.
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 which involve contemporary regions and landscapes.
The program is valid for one academic year, starting from the end of the lessons. Therefore, for the academic year 2021/2022 it will be possible to do the exam with this program only until FEBRUARY 2023 included.
M-GGR/01 - GEOGRAPHY - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor: Gavinelli Dino

L-Z

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 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 (human, population, historical, economic, political, urban, etc.) will also be investigated 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, economic and social dimensions.
Class attendance is recommended for a better preparation of the exam. For students unable to attend, a specific program is provided. The use of appropriate tools (latest editions of the atlases of Touring Club Italiano, De Agostini, Zanichelli, Le Monde Diplomatique, De Agostini Atlas Calendar, etc.) is recommended to all students.

Students - both attending and non-attending - who plan a 6 CFUs exam must study the Teaching Unit A and another Teaching Unit of his/her choice between B or C.
Students who plan a 9 CFUs exam must study the Teaching Unit A, B and C.
Prerequisites for admission
To be able to understand thediversity of geographical regions with reference to their evolutions and transformations both in a diachronic dimension (through the comparison among different historical periods) and in a synchronic one. To be able to observe, describe and analyse phenomena belonging to natural and anthropic reality in a systemic and complex way.
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 held by the Professor and by experts on specific topics. Didactic excursions aimed at reading the landscape and the territory may be organized.
Teaching Resources
Materials for ATTENDING STUDENTS

Teaching Unit A
- Lessons and documents uploaded on the digital teaching platform Ariel.
- Frémont A., Vi piace la geografia?, edizione italiana a cura di Dino Gavinelli, Carocci, Roma, 2007 (fifth printing 2014). Except for the following chapters: 2, 18, 19.

Teaching unit B
- Lessons and documents uploaded on the digital teaching platform Ariel.
- Gavinelli D., Goldstein Bolocan M. (a cura di). Regioni e regionalizzazioni nello spazio-mondo in divenire, Milano, Pearson, 2022.

Teaching Unit C
- Lessons and documents uploaded on the digital teaching platform Ariel.
- One text from this list:
Amin A., Thrift N. Vedere come una città, Milano-Udine, Mimesis, 2020.
Moretti E. La nuova geografia del lavoro, Milano, Mondadori, 2017.
Scott A.J. Città e regioni nel nuovo capitalismo. L'economia sociale delle metropoli, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2011.
Tononi M., Pietta A. Città in transizione: un'analisi geografica delle relazioni socio-ecologiche a scala urbana, Milano-Udine, Mimesis, 2021.
Vicari Haddock S. Questioni urbane. Caratteri e problemi della città contemporanea, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2013.

Materials for NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS

Teaching Unit A
- Bjelland M.D., Montello D.R. e Getis A. Geografia umana, Milano, McGraw-Hill Education, 2020.

Teaching Unit B
- Gavinelli D., Goldstein Bolocan M. (a cura di). Regioni e regionalizzazioni nello spazio-mondo in divenire, Milano, Pearson, 2022.
- One text from this list:
Bonavero P., Dansero E. e Vanolo A. Geografie dell'Unione Europea. Temi, problemi e politiche nella costruzione dello spazio comunitario, Torino, UTET, 2006.
Corsale A. Geografia delle minoranze tra Baltico e Mar Nero, Milano, Franco Angeli, 2016 (available on Franco Angeli Internet site).
Gamberoni E., Pistocchi F. L'Africa Occidentale. Ritratto di un'Africa che cambia, Bologna, Patron, 2013.
Gavinelli D., Dal Borgo A.G. (a cura di). 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.
Vaghi M. (a cura di). I mondi dell'Asia, Milano-Udine, Mimesis, 2016.
Zanolin G. Geografia dei Parchi Nazionali Italiani, Carocci, Roma, 2021 (forthcoming).

Teaching Unit C
- One text from this list:
Dematteis G., Lanza C. Le città del mondo. Una geografia urbana, Torino, UTET, 2014.
Governa F., Memoli M. Geografia Dell'urbano: spazi, politiche, pratiche della città, Roma, Carocci, 2011.
Rossi U., Vanolo A., Geografia politica urbana, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2010.
Rossi U., Vanolo A., Geografia politica urbana, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2010.
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 which involve contemporary regions and landscapes.
The program is valid for one academic year, starting from the end of the lessons. Therefore, for the academic year 2021/2022 it will be possible to do the exam with this program only until FEBRUARY 2023 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)