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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP8083778, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SU2446, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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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
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English

Teacher in charge CHIARA RABBIOSI M-GGR/02

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

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

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 23/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined


Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: Knowledge, skills and competences equivalent to the overall learning outcomes of the first year of the study plan.
General awareness of the social and spatial implications of major contemporary mobility phenomena (structural migration, tourism, commuting etc.).
Target skills and knowledge: The course consists of two modules. Through the integration of the two modules students will be able to develop specific knowledge with reference to the relationship between space and society and the role that the mobility of objects, people and imaginaries play in it. The course supports knowledge-development through a critical and interdisciplinary approach.
Students will develop competences to face the most critical aspects of territorial development through those participatory and multicultural methodologies that can effectively support communication, planning and conflict management.
By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to:
- identify the multiscalar and the networked character of local development in the context of radical globalization such as the contemporary one;
- master the multidimensionality of the concept of sustainability (economic, environmental, social, cultural, institutional, etc.);
- recognize different types of socio-spatial conflict;
- and propose pro-active methodologies for its management (from the most structured to the most creative);
- critically reflect on their own role in the management of group dynamics in support of policy-making processes for territorial development.
Examination methods: Ongoing assessment consisting of oral or written paper reporting, small problem-based excercises, simulation of application of methods carried out in the classroom during Mod. B – up to 6 points (out of 30).

Final exam based on written examination (80%).
Students will be demanded to draft a case study that they address by highlighting and elaborating on the different aspects raised in both Mod. A and Mod. B – up to 24 points (out of 30).
Assessment criteria: - Appropriate recognition of the main theoretical perspectives related to the disciplinary areas of Mod. A and Mod. B;
- Awareness of the reference literature and its appropriate use
- Ability to connect the different themes and the different methodologies proposed in the course in its entirety (both Mod. A and Mod. B);
- Ability to provide a rationale for structuring participatory activities in support of territorial development processes;
- Level of interdisciplinary synthesis and critical reflection on the topics discussed in the course;

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: The Module explores the theme of local development starting from the challenges posed by a numerical and qualitative increase in flows of information, people, imaginaries and ideas associated with different types of mobility, from structural migration to tourism.
Mobility is at the same time an empirical reality, a generic term, and an analytical paradigm developed in the social sciences since the 2000s. The radicalization of the phenomena of mobility derives from the intensification of multiple social processes - economic, political, technological and cultural - that interact in an unprecedented way in terms of their nature, speed and scale. Contemporary cities and regions are networks of machines, technologies, natural elements, ‘human’ and ‘non-human’ actors that cluster around interconnection nodes that favor their entanglement and disentanglement.
During the Module some aspects of mobility will be questioned analitically, such as: the reasons for movement, speed, rhythm, policies, sensory aspects, frictions. We will then focus on the more conflicting aspects that mark the relationship between space and society in a mobility perspective; conflicts often represented in common discourse through dichotomies or oppositional rigid categories - i.e. residents vs. migrants, residents vs. tourists, etc.. During the Module, these categories will be deconstructed.
The topic of ‘knowledge, communication and communities in movement’ will also be used to reflect critically on the categories of the geography of local development - territory, territoriality, place, scale, community, sustainability. A radically relational perspective will be used in order to interrogate – and search to respond to – the challenges that mobility poses to local development. With this reference, the Module will also includes a methodological reflection.
For the students of LOCAL DEVELOPMENT only, the last part of the Module will be dedicated to a focus on tourism as a particularly significant and challenging form of contemporary mobility.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes activities carried out in a mix of different learning environments:
- frontal lessons;
- group work in line with problem-based learning method;
- reading groups and peer-to-peer feedback;
- testing of creative and participatory methodologies (auto-ethnography, role-playing games, focus groups, etc.);
- use of Open Educational Resources.
Additional notes about suggested reading: During the Module the teacher will provide reading and working materials via Moodle. This material will include scientific papers from international journals, book chapters, policy-making documents.
When appropriate, students will be given slides or multimedia materials supporting the lessons.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Merriman, Peter; Cresswell, Tim, Geographies of mobilitiespractices, spaces, subjects. Farnham: Ashgate, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Massey, Doreen, For space. London: Sage, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Peer feedback
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Reflective writing

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Quality Education Gender Equality Sustainable Cities and Communities Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action Life on Land Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions