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Second cycle
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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP7080280, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SU2297, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English

Teacher in charge MARINA BERTONCIN M-GGR/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-GGR/01 Geography 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Prerequisites: - Basic Knowledge of Human Geography
Target skills and knowledge: 1-To be able to understand the importance of different spatial definitions & key concepts as a basis for spatial analysis;
2-To be able to analyse space by using different theoretical tools: territorialisation, territoriality and proximity;
3-To be able to apply the theoretical spatial approaches, key issues and tools in a real world analysis.
Examination methods: -Oral examination (closed books);
-Report (1500 words max.) concerning issues arising from the Residential Seminar.
Assessment criteria: -Competence in mastering a theoretical approach to geographical space.
-Competence in applying different patterns and tools to analyse space.
-Competence in mastering a practical approach to geographical space: to conduct a space analysis into a real world situation.
-Assessment of a short report (1500 words) on Residential Seminar issues (submission deadline: 10 days before final exam).
Course unit contents: 1-The theoretical definition and evolution of the concept of space;
2-Study and application of space analytical patterns and tools: the process of territorialisation, analysis of territoriality, utilising the proximity and distance relational system as a theoretical tool to detect real world geographical dynamics (e.g. selected case studies for practical lessons);
3-Fieldwork experience: a practical experience of space analysis. It consists of a 3-day Residential Seminar (Po Delta, 3-day Residential Seminar: Cà Vendramin, Rovigo, 9-11 November 2017). THIS IS ONLY FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING THE COURSE.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: -Study lecture notes, study compulsory textbook (only for not attending students) and required articles, write a report.
-Analyse, organise and assess relationships among spatial elements in this proposed territorial study approach.
-Practise employing interpretative skills acquired during this course.
-Working Group Sessions
-Workshop & Fieldwork (Residential Seminar: lecture, reading, interview with key informants, self-guided exploratory tour, working group session, discussion forum). This programme aims to offer the students a hands-on experience in the field in order to be able to comprehend a real LD situation.
Additional notes about suggested reading: 1- Lecture Notes
2- Selection of articles

-Attending students: Lecture Notes + 2 articles of your choice
-Non- attending students: Compulsory Textbook: Helling, L., Serrano, R. & Warren, D. (2005), “Linking Community Empowerment, Decentralized Governance and Public Service Provision through a Local Development Framework”, World Bank, pp. 79. + 4 articles of your choice
-Students attending classes but NOT THE SEMINAR: Lecture Notes + 4 articles of your choice
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Boshma, R., “Proximity and Innovation: A Critical Assessment”, Regional Studies, 39.1,pp. 61-74.. --: --, 2005.
  • Bertoncin M. & A. Pase, “Interpreting mega-development projects as territorial traps: the case of irrigation schemes on the shores of Lake Chad (Nigeria). --: Geogr. Helv., 72, 243-254., 2017.
  • Jessop, B., Brenner, N. & Jones, M., “Theorizing socio-spatial relations”, Environment and Planning D, 26, pp. 389-401.. --: --, 2008.
  • Jessop, B., “Institutional re(turns) and the strategic relational approach”, Environmental and Planning A, 33, pp. 1213-1235.. --: --, 2001.
  • Elden, S., “Land, terrain, territory”, Progress in Human Geography, 34, pp. 799-817.. --: --, 2010.
  • Klauser, F. R., “Thinking through territoriality: introducing Claude Raffestin to Anglophone sociospatial theory”,. --: Environment and Planning D, 30, pp. 106-120, 2011.
  • Sassen, S., “Neither global nor national: novel assemblages of territory, authority and rights”, Ethics & Global Politics, 1.1-2, pp. 61-79.. --: --, 2008.
  • Brenner, N. & Elden, S., “Henry Lefebvre on State, Space, Territory”, International Political Sociology, 3, pp. 353-377.. --: --, 2009.
  • Sidaway, J. D., “Spaces of Postdevelopment”, Progress in Human Geography, 31, 3, pp. 345-361.. --: --, 2007.
  • Sidaway, J. D., “Geographies of Development: New Maps, New Visions?”, The Professional Geographers, 64.1, pp. 49-62.. --: --, 2012.
  • Helling, L., Serrano, R. & Warren, D., “Linking Community Empowerment, Decentralized Governance and Public Service Provision through a Local Development Framework”, pp. 79.. --: World Bank, 2005.
  • Granovetter M. S., "The strength of the weak ties" America Journal of Sociology, 78, 6, pp. 1360-1380. --: --, 1973.
  • Pike, A., Pose Rodriguez, A. & Tomaney, J., “What kind of local and regional development and for whom?”, Regional Studies, 41,9, pp. 1253-1269. --: --, 2007.
  • Rose, G., “Situating knowledges: positionality, reflexivities and other tactics”, Progress in Human Geography, 21, 3, pp. 305-320. --: --, 1997.
  • Torre, A. & Rallet, A., “Proximity and Localization”, Regional Studies, 39.1, pp. 47-59.. --: --, 2005.