|SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR||M-GGR/02|
The course of Geography of Conflicts aims at introducing a general perspective on the relation between geography and current and past conflicts by critically examining and discussing the most relevant international literature and case studies. In addition, it will focus some key topics in the geographical dimension of conflicts and wars around the world.
The course of Geography and Conflicts provides students with some key topics in the geographical dimension of conflicts and wars around the world: cartography and conflicts; climate change-driven conflicts; political borders; physical geography and battlefield. At the end of the course, students will be able to understand the spatial dimensions of conflicts under a geopolitical perspective and to use a specific geographical vocabulary.
At the end of the course, students will be able to
- track links between environment and conflict under a geopolitical perspective
- investigate and critically examine the relevant international literature on the topic
- analyse past and current wars and battles by looking at specific geographical elements of the physical landscape
- argue and describe (in both oral and written form) the relation between geography and conflict by developing a specific theme in great depth
The course will consist of a series of lectures (frontal teaching) where students will be introduced to the most relevant themes of the subject. Frontal teaching will also include some lectures on specific themes by invited experts. In addition, there will be some readings (compulsory for attending students) where some key texts will be analysed and discussed. At the end of the course, students (as groups) will be required to develop in great depth a topic of their choice which will be presented, discussed and developed in written work as part of the examination programme. Further information will be provided on the Aulaweb page of the course. Depending on the epidemiological situation, if necessary, the course will be carried out in distance learning: in that case, all the details will be published on the Aulaweb page of the course.
Cartography and power
Landscapes of violence/security landscapes
Climate change and conflict
Geography of battlefields
Study materials for attending students will be notes and Powerpoint presentations on AULAWEB and articles and book chapters which will be uploaded on AULAWEB during the course.
As essential part of the exam, attending students (as groups) will be required to develop in great depth a topic of their choice which will be presented, discussed and developed in a written work as part of the examination programme.
Non attending students
1) Powerpoint presentations, articles and book chapters uploaded on AULAWEB. 2) In addition, non attending students will be asked to prepare one of the following books:
- Galgano, F. (Ed.) (2019) The Environment-Conflict Nexus, Springer (downloadable from Springer website through Sistema Bibliotecario di Ateneo)
- Winters, H. A. (1998) Battling the Elements: Weather and Terrain in the Conduct of War, The John Hopkins University Press
- Doel, M. (2017) Geographies of Violence: killing space, killing time, Sage Publishing
PIETRO PIANA (President)
GIAN MARCO UGOLINI
STEFANIA MANGANO (Substitute)
MAURO SPOTORNO (Substitute)
Starting date of the lessons: February 16th Teams course code: 0rw3n43
All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.
The exam is oral. Group work carried out by attending students, even if discussed during the course, forms an integral part of the oral exam
The oral exam will allow to evaluate:
- mastery and deepening of knowledge,
- the ability to use the skills developed.
Evaluation criteria are:
- the quality of the oral communication,
- the correct use of the appropriate vocabulary,
- the ability of critical analysis, even on possible cases discussed.
The students who carry out the group work will also be assessed on the quality of the paper as regards the content and formal aspects.