Applied Geography (2018/2019)

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Paola Savi
Paola Savi
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Sem. 1A dal Sep 24, 2018 al Nov 10, 2018.

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Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to provide the conceptual and methodological tools to understand and analyze local territorial systems, considered as milieu of economic, social and cultural resources whose organization depends on the action of local subjects (large and small enterprises, public sector …) as well as of the economic, technological and political trends on a global scale. So the characters of human capital and of labor markets also rely on local differences, economic specialization, entrepreneurship and local development dynamics.
At the end of the course students will be able to analyze and represent the socio-economic organization of different territorial systems in order to outline their training needs.


The main concepts, items and methods of Economic Geography
Applied Geography versus Economic Geography and its role for a degree in Organizational Training
Recent dynamics of economic system and globalization: the geographical scenario
Globalization and local development
The spatial organization of industry, deindustrialization, offshoring, reshoring and their impact on labor
Small firms and industrial districts
The multinational firm and the new spatial division of labor
Transportation and infrastructures
The geographical effects of tourism
The city and the urban function
The effect of human action on natural environment
Case studies analysis

Teaching methods: lectures to introduce the main theoretical concepts and the methodological skills to analyze territorial systems; discussion of case studies. The slides of the lessons and further material will be available on the Moodle platform of the University before each lesson.

Reference books

For attending students

Dematteis G., Lanza C., Nano F., Vanolo A., Geografia dell’economia mondiale, Utet, Torino, 2010 (chapters 1-2-3-7-8-9-10)
Slides and other didactic material downloadable from the Moodle platform.

For non-attending students

Dematteis G., Lanza C., Nano F., Vanolo A., Geografia dell’economia mondiale, Utet, Torino, 2010 (chapters 1-2-3-7-8-9-10)
Ciapetti L., Lo sviluppo locale, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2010 (chapters 1-2).

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Dematteis G., Lanza C., Nano F., Vanolo A. Geografia dell'economia mondiale UTET 2010 Capitoli 1-2-3-7-8-9-10
Ciapetti Lorenzo Lo sviluppo locale Il Mulino 2010 Capitoli 1-2

Assessment methods and criteria

Written examination with six open questions on the topics of the course, formulated so that the student can provide brief and effective responses. Examples of questions will be proposed at the end of the course. The evaluation of the exam is expressed in thirties. Available time to complete the exam: one hour.
For the students that regularly follow the lessons, the questions regard the handbook, the topics and the case studies discussed throughout the course.
For the students that don’t attend the lessons, the questions regard the handbook and the book on local development in the program. The latter will substitute the case studies.
For both, the exam will evaluate the knowledge of the course topics and the competencies of the methods and scientific language of Economic Geography.