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GEOGRAPHY OF CONFLICTS

CODE 105039
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 11162 RELAZIONI INTERNAZIONALI (LM-52) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-GGR/02
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    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.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    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.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    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 

    PREREQUISITES

    No

    TEACHING METHODS

    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.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Cartography and power

     

    Borders/borderscapes

     

    Landscapes of violence/security landscapes

     

    Climate change

     

    Climate change and conflict

     

    Geography of battlefields

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Attending students

     

    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

     

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    PIETRO PIANA (President)

    GIAN MARCO UGOLINI

    STEFANIA MANGANO (Substitute)

    MAURO SPOTORNO (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    Starting date of the lessons: February 16th
    
    Teams course code: 0rw3n43

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    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

     

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    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.

     

     

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    16/12/2021 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    13/01/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    03/02/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    26/05/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    16/06/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    07/07/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    15/09/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale