32/19/058 - GEOGRAPHY
Academic Year 2016/2017
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LUCIANO CAU (Tit.)
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- Lingua Insegnamento
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The course aims to illustrate the field of studies of Geography, in its theoretical and methodological foundations and its main branches, both in general and in the specific connections with the regions of which the students are learning the languages.
Knowledge and understanding.
Graduates at the end of the course will have:
- Knowledge of the theoretical and methodological foundations of the discipline and the specific aspects of the main branches of Geography both in general and in the specific connections with the regions of which the students are learning the languages.;
- Sound knowledge of the problems to which Geography can be applied, particularly so for problems related to languages and culture.
Applying knowledge and understanding
In support of this objective, the course also includes the illustration and use, through practical exercises, of the main tools geographic research employs, with particular reference to cartography, to photographic visual analysis,and infographics.
Graduates will be able to:
- Analyze geographic variables that influence the linguistic and cultural reality, interpret and represent them with the tools of visual communication that Geography includes.
Essential knowledge about the distribution of the main geographical objects and phenomena, as well as the contemporary historical context.
The course is divided into two parts, tightly integrated and intertwined:
A) Illustration of the scope of studies of Geography, in its theoretical and methodological foundations and its main sectoral aspects (outline of the history of geographical thought, interactions between human societies and the natural environment, population geography, cultural geography, geography of languages, political geography, geography of development and geography of the everyday life, shopping, tourism and criminal activities)
B) Application of the theoretical and methodological to the cultural and linguistic contexts of interest to the student.
Geographical investigations: clues, proofs, evidence and mysteries
1. Geography: the history
Use of the main tools employed within the geographic research, with particular reference to cartography, photographic visual analysis, infographics: in computer lab
2. The physical space: between land, air, water, fire and gravity
Analysis of the geomorphological and physical mapping of the regions the languages of which are of interest to the student: in the computer lab
3. Environment and Health: Medical geography
Map analysis and simulation of the distribution and diffusion of the main causes of death in the different cultural areas of interest to the student: in the computer lab
4. Geography of the population: people who are born, who dies, that comes and goes
Cartographic analysis of population distribution and modeling projections for demographic dynamics in the different cultural regions of interest to the student: in computer lab
5. Geography of development: society and innovation between dynamism and staticity
6. The space of languages: linguistic dynamics between ethnicity and globalization
Analysis of the processes of acculturation and deculturation in different language areas of interest to the student: in computer lab
7. Between worldly and other-worldly: cultural faults and spatial dynamics of faiths
8. Political geography: the quest for the Holy Grail of power
9. Space-time dynamics of everyday life: activity space, shopping, tourism and crime
Analysis of the space-time dynamics typical of the different regions whose languages are of interest to the student in relation to the daily use of urban spaces: in the computer lab
The course consists of 18 hours of lessons in the classroom and 12 hours of lectures combined with application activities in computer lab
Verification of learning
The achievement of these results will be evaluated through an oral interview in which the student must demonstrate the degree of knowledge of the theoretical and methodological foundations of the discipline and the specific aspects of the main branches of Geography both in general and in the specific connections with the regions of which the students are learning the languages; will have to demonstrate skills in critical and methodological analysis on the program contents, the ability to draw connections between different parts of the same; It will also assess the general competence of expression and mastery of specific language of Geography; the student must also demonstrate his/her proficiency in analyzing geographic variables that influence the linguistic and cultural reality, interpreting and drawing them; the interview will take place on the track of an average number of five questions each with specific weight equal to one-fifth of the final grade.
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