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Professor
LUCIANO CAU (Tit.)
Period
Second Semester 
Teaching style
Convenzionale 
Lingua Insegnamento
 



Informazioni aggiuntive

Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[32/19]  LANGUAGES AND CULTURES FOR LINGUISTIC MEDIATION [19/00 - Ord. 2011]  PERCORSO COMUNE 6 30

Objectives

A) Knowledge and understanding
The course aims to illustrate the scope of studies of Geography, its theoretical and methodological foundations and its main branches, both in general terms and in specific connections with the languages.
B) Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
To support this goal, the course includes the illustration and use, through practical exercises, of the main tools that belong to the geographic research practice, with particular reference to cartography, photography and infographics.
C) Making judgments
In the applied part, students are expected to develop the ability to search for relevant data, to apply web scraping tools and then carry out analysis on which to draw conclusions in such a way to develop critical thinking skills setting ipotheses and verifying them against real world data.
D) Communication skills
In the applied part, students are expected to develop the ability to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialists and non-specialists in the field through the preparation of a multimedia product on geographical themes related to the linguistic regions they are interested in and present it as a seminar.
E) Learning Skills
The articulation of the course is designed to enable the students to develop theoretical, methodological and operational skills that will be able to undertake subsequent studies with a high degree of autonomy.

Prerequisites

A) Knowledge and understanding
Background knowledge of the main geographic objects and phenomena, as well as the specific linguistic elements of fundamental geography
B) Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
Essential knowledge on the distribution of the main geographical objects and phenomena, as well as of the contemporary historical context; Basic computer skills.
C) Making judgments
Essential knowledge on quantitative and qualitative data sources; Basic computer skills.
D) Communication skills
Basic communication and computer skills.
E) Learning Skills
Basic logical skills.

Contents

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.

The geographer’s eye
1. Geography: evolution of a discipline
Use of the main tools employed within the geographic research, with particular reference to cartography, photographic visual analysis, infographics: In the computer lab
2. The physical space: the environment 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. Population geography: people that are born, die, come and go
Cartographic analysis of population distribution and modeling projections for demographic dynamics in the different cultural regions of interest to the student: in computer lab
4. Religion and languages between identity and power
Analysis of the acculturation and deculturation processes in different languistic regions of interest to the student: in computer lab
5. Space-time dynamics of everyday life: shopping and tourism
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
6. Mapping of literary space between invention and reality
Seminars presented by the students
Software for the Laboratory; For the exam you should know how to use their basic functions:
• Adobe Illustrator (downloadable free https://www.adobe.com/downloads/other-downloads.html, or similar software such as Inkscape, https://inkscape.org/en/)
• Adobe Photoshop (downloadable free, https://www.adobe.com/downloads/other-downloads.html, or similar software for example Gimp, https://www.gimp.org/)
• Calc Openoffice (downloadable from https://www.openoffice.org/ or Microsoft Excel or WPS Spreadsheet, part of the WPS suite downloadable from https://www.wps.com/download)
• Qgis (http://www.qgis.org/it/site/)
• WebHarvy (https://www.webharvy.com/download.html)
• Openoffice Impress (downloadable from, https://www.openoffice.org/, or Microsoft PowerPoint or similar)

Teaching Methods

The course consists of 16 hours of lessons in the classroom and 14 hours of lab and seminar activities

Verification of learning

The achievement of these results will be assessed differently for attending and non-attendants.
For the former, active participation in lessons and workshops will be evaluated (max. 5 points); Drawing up a research project resulting in the production of a ten-pages document on an assigned subject related to relevant linguistic regions (up to 5 points); The creation of a multimedia product (up to 5 points); Seminar presentation of the research results (up to 5 points); Finally, an oral exam, an interview where the student must demonstrate his / her degree of knowledge of the study program applied to the specific project produced by the trainee (up to 10 points).
For non-attendants, the preparation will be evaluated using an oral test that will cover the theoretical part (max 20 points) and the applied part (max 10 points). For the first part, this is an interview where the student must demonstrate his / her degree of knowledge of the assigned material, then the theoretical and methodological foundations of Geography and the peculiar manifestations of the regions related to the languages of study; he/she will have to demonstrate critical and methodological analysis skills in relation to the program, ability to draw links between its various parts; the general expressive competence and the mastery of the specific geographic technical jargon will be evaluated as well. For the applied part, the student must demonstrate the acquired computer skills regarding the software and data used in the laboratory part, thus finding and analyzing the geographical variables that influence the linguistic and cultural realities, in interpreting them and translating them in graphical terms. The interview will be made of an average of three questions on the theoretical part each with a specific weight equal to one sixth of the final vote and an exercise on the lab part with a weight of three-fifths of the final vote.

Texts

Digital booklets provided by the lecturer

Reference bibliography (NOT part of the course's proper textbooks):
Russo Krauss Dionisia, Lingue e Spazi. Elementi per l'analisi geografica dell'espressione linguistica, Aracne, Roma, 2011.
Elisa Bignante, Geografia e ricerca visuale. Strumenti e metodi, Laterza, Bari, 2011
Evergreen D. H. Stephanie, Effective Data Visualization: The Right Chart for the Right Data, SAGE, Los Angeles, 2016
Carlo Jean, Geopolitica del mondo contemporaneo, Laterza, Bari, 2012
Hall C. Michael, Page J. Stephen, The Geography of Tourism and Recreation: Environment, Place and Space, Routledge, 2014
Holloway Lewis, Hubbard Phil, People and Place: The Extraordinary Geographies of Everyday Life, Routledge, 2014

Questionnaire and social

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