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REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY

CODE 104955
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 9 cfu during the 2nd year of 11161 SCIENZE DELL'AMMINISTRAZIONE E DELLA POLITICA (L-16) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-GGR/02
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The course is dedicated to the study of the principles underlying the analysis of the territory in its partition into regional geographical units. Regional geography sees such partitions as the result of the interaction of anthropogenic and environmental factors and their consequent differentiation on the surface of the Earth.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

     

    The course aims at providing students with basic fundaments to deal with the analysis of regional spaces according to the semiotic perspective of complex systems. Regional spaces will be intended as parts of territory defined based on existing relations between its anthropic (cultural, social, institutional and economic) and natural components. At the end of the course, students will have: acquired the main notions linked to the definition of region as bi-modular complex system; understood how, operationally, the aim of sustainable development acquires a paradigmatic value to be associated to that of complex systemic dynamic typical of regional analysis; acquired knowledge of the main regionalisation techniques in geography and of key concepts such as centrality, diffusion and accessibility. 

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    At the end of the course the student will be able to:

    - identify the elements and factors underlying the territorial articulation on a regional basis and their differentiation on the surface of the Earth;

    - analyze and investigate the causes of regional differentiation and the ways in which it manifests itself;

    - know how to use the main tools and methods used by geographic science in the analysis of regionalization processes

    PREREQUISITES

    None

    TEACHING METHODS

    The course consists of lectures for a total of 54 hours (equal to 9 CFU) and will be aimed at exposing and discussing the main notions of regional geography and its applications on a national, supranational and global scale.

    The materials used during the lessons will be uploaded on Aulaweb as well as other materials such as: reports, links to databases, reference and supplementary texts to those indicated in the bibliography.

    Occasionally, Italian and foreign scholars may be invited to hold seminars or conferences in order to deepen specific issues pertaining to the topics covered.

    The final part of the course will be devoted to the preparation and exposition of teamworks on specific projects developed by attending students. 

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    The program is divided into three parts:

    FIRST PART: - The scientific paradigm of regional geography. The concept of region in contemporary geographical thought. Character and contents of the geographical region. The methods and tools of analysis. Region and planning between centralism and localism.

    SECOND PART - Introduction to a regional approach to geographic knowledge of the current world. The major regions of the globe classified by physical-geographical, cultural and socio-economical elements.

    THIRD PART – Teamworks (3-5 students) on significant case studies (choosen by the students based on the topics developed in class). The teamworks will be presented in class and will have to be developed in short essay, both will be assessed as part of the exam program for attending students.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Text books will be communicated at the begining of the course.

    For the preparation of the exam, the study of the material that will be uploaded by the teacher on Aulaweb will be fundamental.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    PIETRO PIANA (President)

    GIAN MARCO UGOLINI

    STEFANIA MANGANO (President Substitute)

    GABRIELE CASANO (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    The course will be held in the second semester.

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

     The exam will take place in oral form.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The oral exam will allow you to evaluate:

    - mastery of knowledge;

    - the ability to use the principles and methods of the discipline  in the analysis of regional territorial problems considered at different scales (from local to global)

    Evaluation criteria are:

    - the quality of the exhibition;

    - the correct use of the disciplinary lexicon;

    - the ability of critical analysis:

    - the precise knowledge of the concepts that are an integral part of the topics covered.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    23/05/2023 11:30 GENOVA Orale
    14/06/2023 11:30 GENOVA Orale
    12/07/2023 16:00 GENOVA Orale
    07/09/2023 16:00 GENOVA Orale

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Students with DSA, disability or other special educational needs certification are advised to contact both the referent Prof. Aristide Canepa (aristide.canepa@unige.it) and the teacher at the beginning of the course. Just to agree on teaching methods and examinations which, in compliance with the teaching objectives, take into account individual learning methods and provide suitable compensatory tools. For further information, please refer to the page of the Unige website which contains the relevant information: https://unige.it/disabilita-dsa/studenti-disabilita-informazioni-utili.