Learning outcomes of the course unit
At the end of the course the students acquire useful knowledge to understand theoretical foundations and methods of investigation of human geography; for the critical analysis of cartography; for the acquisition of the main tools in the interpretation of the landscape, his conservation and management.
Students will be able to apply knowledge and comprehension skills in the field of geography through the use of different sources (books and articles of a scientific nature, cartographic and iconographic sources, multimedia materials, etc.) concerning basic subjects of the discipline as well as advanced research elements in this field.
Knowledge and understanding:
students will develop knowledge and comprehension competence useful for the critical analysis of the main local and global geographic problems, also in a didactic and communicative perspective (scholastic, popular and academic publishing).
students will be able to collect and interpret data to determine
autonomous judgements in in the field of geographical analysis, including cross-cultural and interdisciplinary thinking on cultural and
intercultural, scientific and ethical topics connected to the judgements
expressed (sustainability of development, environmental issue, analysis of migration flows, management and safeguarding of cultural landscapes etc.).
students will be able to convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to
specialists and non in the field of analysis of territorial and landscape systems and of geographical relations in local, national and global scale.
Students can make conclusions clearly and through the support of their knowledge.
thanks to the disciplinary transversality of the topics covered during the course, students will develop the learning skills necessary to continue to acquire knowledge, in an autonomous and mainly self-directed way.
Students must have achieved a sufficient historical and geographical training in the previous scholastic curriculum.
Course contents summary
This course is divided into two phases. Aims of the first are to provide students with the fundamental knowledge of Human Geography: nodal concepts, sources and methods of investigation. In particular, the topics discussed will be: i) general introduction; ii) cultural geography; iii) population geography and migration geography; iv) language geography; v) ethnic groups and religions; vi) politic geography; vii) urban geography; viii) development geography; ix) production geography; x) agriculture geography; xi) communication geography; xii) environment geography.
The second part of the course will be dedicated to the critical analysis of cartography and to the use of iconographic sources (cartography and historical photography) for the study of landscape, with particular attention to the relationship between agriculture, local productions and environment.
Active lectures in which will be guaranteed a wide space for discussion and exchange of ideas related with the main topics presented during the two modules. The lecture of supplementary books and texts and the consultation of press news (also online) related to covered topics are encouraged. Due to the nature of the lesson cycle, the frequency to the class is to be considered essential.
Is provided a teaching methodology both in presence and remotely (e-learning "blended").
Students will benefit of supplementary teaching activities (seminar) whose unwinding mode will be discussed during the course.