Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2015/2016
Partition: 
Matricole dispari
Teaching: 
Belonging course: 
Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS
Location: 
Napoli
Disciplinary sector: 
ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY (M-GGR/02)
Credits: 
9
Year of study: 
2
Teachers: 
GASPARINI Maria Laura
Cycle: 
Second semester

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Course description

Through the acquisition of the basis of Economic Geography, the student is asked to:
- understand the process and the modalities in which the distribution of human societies in the world and the use of its resources have been generated;
- analyse the main socio-economic dynamics of contemporary society from a geographical point of view;
- develop the critical skills needed to improve the present order through effective policies at local and global scale.

Expected learning outcomes
- Knowledge and understanding: The course offers knowledge to understand that economic activities are a part of an economic and territorial system and that the different spatial organization of elements produces diversity in the geo-economic space with great regional gap.
- Applying knowledge and understanding: At the end of the course, the student has to prove to know, to understand and to be able to put into practice the basic structures, methods and instruments of Economic Geography, and to interpret the economic and territorial phenomena of contemporary society.
- Making judgements: The student must be able to deepen his/her own knowledge and develop critical skills needed to analyze and interpret, from a geographical point of view; the major socio-economic dynamics on different levels of spatial scale.
- Communication skills: The student must be able to respond clearly, exhaustively and with appropriate geographical language to the examination questions by demonstrating to have adequate skills in developing and communicating the acquired knowledge.
- Learning skills: The study has to be mainly based on the reasoning, so the student must not only demonstrate a good learning ability, but also a capacity to be able to depeen his/her knowledge with use of relevant bibliographic references to the topics studied.

Prerequisites

Basic knowledge of economics and geographic concept.

Syllabus

The course is divided in two sections. The first part (48 h) will focus on the basic concepts of Economic Geography (the geographic space, vertical and horizontal relationships, the economic region, etc.), including the relationship between geography and the environment, the geography of population, the geography of agriculture and rural areas, the geography of industry and industrial spaces, the dynamics of urban spaces as well as service activities (transport, communications, trade, tourism).
The second part (24 h) will be devoted to deepen the study of “the Italian system”, with particular reference to the current geo-economical situation.

Teaching Methods

Textbooks

Dematteis G., Lanza C., Nano F., Vanolo U., “Geografia dell’economia mondiale”, Utet, Torino.
Gasparini M.L. (edited by), “L’Italia geoeconomica”.

Additional material is available on the e-learning platform Blended.

Learning assessment

The final assessment will be based on a written test aimed to verify the student’s ability to process and communicate the notions acquired. Periodical assessment will be carried out for students who attend classes on a regular basis.

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