cod. 12931

Academic year 2020/21
3° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Geografia (M-GGR/01)
Storia, filosofia, psicologia, pedagogia, antropologia e geografia
Type of training activity
60 hours
of face-to-face activities
12 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

At the end of the course the students acquire useful knowledge to understand theoretical foundations and methods of investigation of human geography; for the critical analysis of cartography; for the acquisition of the main tools in the interpretation of the landscape, his conservation and management.

Students will be able to apply knowledge and comprehension skills in the field of geography through the use of different sources (books and articles of a scientific nature, cartographic and iconographic sources, multimedia materials, etc.) concerning basic subjects of the discipline as well as advanced research elements in this field.

Knowledge and understanding:
students will develop knowledge and comprehension competence useful for the critical analysis of the main local and global geographic problems, also in a didactic and communicative perspective (scholastic, popular and academic publishing).

Making judgements:
students will be able to collect and interpret data to determine
autonomous judgements in in the field of geographical analysis, including cross-cultural and interdisciplinary thinking on cultural and
intercultural, scientific and ethical topics connected to the judgements
expressed (sustainability of development, environmental issue, analysis of migration flows, management and safeguarding of cultural landscapes etc.).

Communication skills:
students will be able to convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to
specialists and non in the field of analysis of territorial and landscape systems and of geographical relations in local, national and global scale.
Students can make conclusions clearly and through the support of their knowledge.

Learning skills:
thanks to the disciplinary transversality of the topics covered during the course, students will develop the learning skills necessary to continue to acquire knowledge, in an autonomous and mainly self-directed way.


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

Course unit content

This course is divided into two phases. Aims of the first are to provide students with the fundamental knowledge of Human Geography: nodal concepts, sources and methods of investigation. In particular, the topics discussed will be: i) general introduction; ii) cultural geography; iii) population geography and migration geography; iv) language geography; v) ethnic groups and religions; vi) politic geography; vii) urban geography; viii) development geography; ix) production geography; x) agriculture geography; xi) communication geography; xii) environment geography.
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 productions and environment.

Full programme


- Alyson L. Greiner, Giuseppe Dematteis, Carla Lanza, “Geografia umana. Un approccio visuale”, Utet, Torino, 2019 (or previous editions).

- Mauro Agnoletti, "Storia del bosco, il paesaggio forestale italiano", Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2019.

- John Brian Harley, “Carte, sapere e potere”, in Paul Laxton (ed.), “The new nature of maps”, John Hopkins University Press, Baltimora, Maryland, Stati Uniti, pp. 51-81, traduzione italiana a cura di Massimo Rossi.

- John Brian Harley, “Testo e contesti nell’interpretazione delle mappe antiche”, in Paul Laxton (ed.), “The new nature of maps”, John Hopkins University Press, Baltimora, Maryland, Stati Uniti, pp. 33-49, traduzione italiana a cura di Massimo Rossi.

Previous two texts in program will be available on the platform ELLY.

For students who cannot attend the classes on a regular basis, the study of the previous books is to be added:

- Elvio Lavagna, Giovanni Lucarno, “Geocartografia, guida alla lettura delle carte geotopografiche”, Zanichelli, Bologna, 2014.

Who choose the Blended course will have to prepare, in addition to the texts by A.L.Greiner... and M. Agnoletti, the 15 UD on the page

Teaching methods

Active lectures in which will be guaranteed a wide space for discussion and exchange of ideas related with the main topics presented during the two modules. The lecture of supplementary books and texts and the consultation of press news (also online) related to covered topics are encouraged. Due to the nature of the lesson cycle, the frequency to the class is to be considered essential.

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

Assessment methods and criteria

ATTENTION: until the duration of the health emergency due to the COVID19 epidemic, it will be necessary to carry out the examination in oral form, through the Microsoft Teams platform and according to the methods that have already been communicated to you (you can find them on the page https: // www / node / 27981).

Once the emergency is resolved, the exam will return in writing form and will consist in verifying the knowledge acquired on the basis of the indicated bibliography.
The examination concerns both the expected phases, will take place in written form and consist in ascertaining the knowledge acquired on the basis of the indicated bibliography. The written test (time available 2 hours) consists of 3 parts: 1) a series of open questions, covering the 12 chapters of the Human Geography; 2) a series of open questions on the issues addressed in the book "Storia del bosco"; 3) a series of open questions on the theme "Cartography and power".

A fail is determined by the lack of an understanding of the minimum content of the course, the inability to express oneself adequately, by a lack of autonomous preparation, the inability to solve problems related to information retrieval and the decoding of complex texts, as well as an inability to make independent judgment.
For the evaluation - expressed in thirtieths -, we take into account the originality of the answers to open questions, the use of appropriate terminology and mastery of the geographical lexicon, the ability to argue, control of arguments and critical judgment. The formal correctness of the text is also a prerequisite for a correct evaluation.

A pass (18-23/30) is determined by the student’s possession of the minimum, fundamental contents of the course, an adequate level of autonomous preparation
and ability to solve problems related to information retrieval and the decoding of complex texts, as well as an acceptable level of ability in making independent judgments. Middle-range scores (24-27/30) are assigned to the student who produces evidence of a more than sufficient level (24-25/30) or good level (26-27/30) in the evaluation indicators listed above. Higher scores (from 28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) are awarded on the basis of the student’s demonstration of a very good or excellent level in the evaluation indicators listed above.
If you do not reach the minimum score of 18/30 or wish to improve the vote, you can repeat the test in the following call.

Other information

The exam will take place in oral form (remotely, through Microsoft Teams platform) until the end of the health emergency and will consist in ascertaining the knowledge acquired on the basis of the indicated bibliography.