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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP7080280, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

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
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Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
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Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MARINA BERTONCIN M-GGR/01

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

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 16 9.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 35 90.0 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
Board From To Members of the board
2 Commissione 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 BERTONCIN MARINA (Presidente)
QUATRIDA DARIA (Membro Effettivo)
1 Commissione 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 BERTONCIN MARINA (Presidente)
QUATRIDA DARIA (Membro Effettivo)

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 (workshop).
Examination methods: The assessment of learning will differ for attending and non-attending students.
Attending students
Attending students will organize into groups for in-class discussions and presentations.
The final grade will be assessed as follows:
1) Topic briefs - 4 main topics: 1- the definition, development and transformation of the geographical space concept; 2- the territorialisation process; 3- territoriality analysis; and 4-proximity dynamics (25%).
Attending students will be required to write a 1000-word brief, including a recap of the specific topics discussed in class; personal reflections on such topic; and a discursive evaluation of one’s learning progresses.
2) The group workshop activity is worth 25% of the grade, with all team members receiving the same evaluation. Each group will be given full responsibility for organising one in-class presentation and a discussion on the workshop experience. The presentation will be assessed according to the following criteria: process - the ability to analyse academic arguments (planning, independence, insight) 25%; content - comprehension of theoretical concepts (introduction and problem statement, argumentation, results: discussion and interpretation, conclusion, coherence and logical composition, originality, depth) 50%; form - competence in communicating intellectual ideas 25%.
3) Final exam during the examination period: oral (closed book) (50%): questions encompass all the readings assigned and include: 4 essay questions on main topics; 1 question-comment on workshop activity.
The final grade will be the average of all assessments (Points 1-2-3).
Non-attending students
1) Final exam during the examination period: oral (closed book): questions encompass all the assigned readings and include 5 essay questions.
For details regarding a compulsory textbook and some reading choices, refer to reference section for non-attenders.
Assessment criteria: -Completeness of acquired knowledge
-Appropriateness of disciplinary terminology in both written and oral contexts.
-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.
Course unit contents: The course contains 3 parts.
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. THIS IS ONLY FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING THE COURSE. This part focuses on a practical experience of space analysis: the 1/2-day Residential Workshop. Students develop in a team a local territorial development case analysis by comparing different actor procedures of interventions: territorialisation processes, territoriality dynamics, and proximity relations. The application area is the Po Delta.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Several teaching methods and work forms are combined:
Part 1-2: lectures, presentation, and discussion with peers. Lectures will not only raise analytical issues, they will also explore how the concretization of theories in real-world experience has come about, examine its implications, and enable us to comprehend how it facilitates understanding of local development processes.
Part 3: fieldwork, working group, presentation and discussion with peers and teacher; critical reflection on the chosen topic correlated with situation experienced. One credit will be entirely devoted to the practical approach (workshop) that directly follows the lectures. These classes should not be skipped if students want to get involved in the workshop. This first-hand experience challenges students to think about what is involved in putting geography into practice, to form a critical appreciation of the concepts that some geographers have studied, and to generate personal responses to the course readings, lectures, and discussions.
Additional notes about suggested reading: This 6 CFU course is divided into 5CFU (35 hours) of lectures and 1CFU (16 hours) of the workshop centred on the Po Delta case study.

References in PDF are available on moodle. Supplementary photocopies, which you will be responsible for in the exam, will be distributed during classes.

Teacher consultation hours: After classes or by appointment

-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 WORKSHOP: 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. Cerca nel catalogo
  • 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. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Jessop, B., Brenner, N. & Jones, M., “Theorizing socio-spatial relations”, Environment and Planning D, 26, pp. 389-401.. --: --, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Jessop, B., “Institutional re(turns) and the strategic relational approach”, Environmental and Planning A, 33, pp. 1213-1235.. --: --, 2001. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Elden, S., “Land, terrain, territory”, Progress in Human Geography, 34, pp. 799-817.. --: --, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Klauser, F. R., “Thinking through territoriality: introducing Claude Raffestin to Anglophone sociospatial theory”,. --: Environment and Planning D, 30, pp. 106-120, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Sassen, S., “Neither global nor national: novel assemblages of territory, authority and rights”, Ethics & Global Politics, 1.1-2, pp. 61-79.. --: --, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Brenner, N. & Elden, S., “Henry Lefebvre on State, Space, Territory”, International Political Sociology, 3, pp. 353-377.. --: --, 2009. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Sidaway, J. D., “Spaces of Postdevelopment”, Progress in Human Geography, 31, 3, pp. 345-361.. --: --, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Sidaway, J. D., “Geographies of Development: New Maps, New Visions?”, The Professional Geographers, 64.1, pp. 49-62.. --: --, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo
  • 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. Cerca nel catalogo
  • 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. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Rose, G., “Situating knowledges: positionality, reflexivities and other tactics”, Progress in Human Geography, 21, 3, pp. 305-320. --: --, 1997. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Torre, A. & Rallet, A., “Proximity and Localization”, Regional Studies, 39.1, pp. 47-59.. --: --, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Peer feedback
  • Reflective writing

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