cod. 12931

Academic year 2017/18
3° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Geografia (M-GGR/01)
Storia, filosofia, psicologia, pedagogia, antropologia e geografia
Type of training activity
72 hours
of face-to-face activities
12 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

Understanding of theoretical foundations and methods of investigation of human geography.
Critical analysis of cartography.
Acquisition of the main tools for the interpretation of Italian landscapes, their conservation and management.


Students must have achieved a sufficient historical and geographical training in the previous curriculum.

Course unit content

This course, divided into two modules, aims to provide students with the fundamental knowledge of Human Geography: nodal concepts, sources and methods of investigation. The second part of the course will be dedicated to the critical analysis of cartography and to the use of iconographic sources (cartography and historical photography) for the study of landscape, with particular attention to the relationship between agriculture, local production and environment.

Full programme

Available at:


Alyson L. Greiner, Giuseppe Dematteis, Carla Lanza, “Geografia umana. Un approccio visuale”, Utet, Torino, 2016.

Edoardo Boria, “Cartografia e potere. Segni e rappresentazioni negli atlanti italiani del Novecento”, Utet, Torino, 2016.

Edoardo Boria, “Il mito del confine naturale e la sua politicizzazione negli anni della prima guerra mondiale”, in Lenzi F.M. (a cura di), “Features of the Great War. Identità e volti del mutamento sociale nel primo conflitto mondiale”, IF Press, Roma, 2015, pp. 117-132; available at:

Agnoletti M., Caratteristiche e stato di conservazione del paesaggio storico, in Agnoletti M. (a cura di), Paesaggi rurali storici. Per un catalogo nazionale, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2011, pp. 5-103; available at:

Teaching methods

Lectures. The lessons will be integrated by historical-critical interpretation exercises of cartography and landscape. Rules of conduct will be discussed during the first part of the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

Students will benefit of supplementary teaching activities whose unwinding mode will be discussed during the course.

Other information

Is provided a teaching methodology both in presence and remotely (e-learning "blended").