ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY
The course program aims to provide students with a framework of reference for understanding the complex and varied mosaic that makes up the current social organization of land space and highlighting the changes in geopolitical and geoeconomic linkage between the different areas of the globe.
Expected learning outcomes:
Knowledge and understanding: The course will enable students to acquire the ability to interpret the different realities from the local to the global scale in geographic-economic-political terms.
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 Geography, and to interpret the main economic and political phenomena in the world, the problems and case studies proposed.
Making judgements: The student must be able to deepen his/her own knowledge and develop critical skills needed to analyze and interpret what is happening in the world more and more globalized.
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 good learning but also to be able to depeen his/her knowledge with use of other relevant bibliographic references to the topics studied.
Basic knowledge of economic and geographic concepts and of geopolitical international space.
Introduction to the problems of economic and political geography. Nature and evolution of the relationship between man and environment. Globalization. Environment, population, resources. Services geography. Urban geography. Development geography. Geo-economic and geopolitical context and global changes.
The course aims to provide students with the basic concepts and tools related to the territorial dimension of political and economic phenomena, integrating the concepts of political geography and economic geography, at different geographical levels (local, national, international).
The course is organized in traditional lectures, analysis of case studies proposed by the textbook, as well as of case studies selected by the lecturer.
Formica C., “Lo spazio geoeconomico. Strutture e problemi”, Utet, Torino, u.e., capp.1-26 (no cap. 3).
Greiner A.L., Dematteis G., Lanza C., “Geografia umana: un approccio visuale”, Utet, Torino, ed. 2016 (no capp. 4-5).
The final assessment will be based on an oral examination aimed at assessing the level of acquisition and elaboration of the course contents. Periodical assessment will be carried out for students who attend classes on a regular basis.
Further information can be found on the "teacher" page of the DISEG (Department of Economic and Legal Studies).