Geography of development and resources
The course aims to provide students with knowledge of the relationship between economic development and geographical space in a global perspective with particular attention to the theme of local development policies and resources.
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING:
The student must demonstrate to be able to know and interpret the problems related to development, economic networks, governance, mobility and resources from the global to the local scale.
APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING:
The student must demonstrate that he has understood and developed the ability to analyze issues related to the development and distribution of resources in the different areas of the North and South of the world.
Students must be able to deepen their learning independently and develop critical skills to interpret the main dynamics of the issues being analyzed.
The student must demonstrate appropriate communication skills by describing the concepts in a clear and exhaustive way through the correct use of geographic language.
LIFELONG LEARNING SKILLS:
The student must demonstrate a good learning ability using also different bibliographic references to be able to deepen individual topics analyzed during the course.
Basic knowledge of basic concepts of economic geography.
The program includes the study of the following topics:
The "critical and global" geographic analysis; The basic concepts: space, actors, territories, region, relationships, geographical scale, representations, tools; The question of development;
The theories of modernization and the theory of addiction; The population: imbalances and inequalities, distribution; The demographic transition; Temporary mobility: tourism; Migrations: classifications, networks, rights and citizenship, identity and culture; The post-Fordist transition; Local production systems: industrial districts; Innovation and territory: technological clusters; Transnational companies: organizational models and geographical implications; Global product chains; The international division of labor; Industrialization of the global South; Direct Foreign Investments; International economic organizations; Urban and rural spaces; Local-global dynamics; Energy and geopolitics of resources: world energy consumption and dynamic forecasts of supply and demand; The energy situation in some geographical areas; The main energy resources and future prospects.
Frontal lessons, analysis of case studies proposed by the textbook and the teacher.
Bignante E., Celata F., Vanolo A., Geografie dello sviluppo. Una prospettiva critica e globale, Utet, 2014.
Verda M., Energia e Geopolitica. Gli attori e le tendenze del prossimo decennio, Ispi, 2014.
The assessment is based on an oral test; Periodical checks could be carried out for the trainees to verify the acquired knowledge.