In the wider context of human geography, students will learn the theoretical and methodological bases of social and cultural geography and understand their value in educational field. In the first part of the course, concepts, paradigms and method of geographic investigation will be analyzed. The second part is focused on Western Africa as case study.
Introduction to human geography
The elements of the geographic space
nature-culture and paradigms
The theoretical bases of social and cultural geography
Social spaces, groups, religions
Development and indicators
Case study: Western Africa
Greiner A.L., Dematteis G., Lanza C., Geografia umana. Un approccio visuale, Utet, Torino, 2012 (chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 10).
Gamberoni E., Pistocchi F., L’Africa occidentale. Ritratto di un’Africa che cambia, Bologna, Pàtron, 2013.
Written exam. The evaluation will consider: knowledge, ability to communicate in a clear way, proper use of geographical terminology, spelling and syntax.
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