M-GGR/01 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

Knowledge and understanding:

Basic knowledge of the cultural, economic, and geopolitical frameworks.

Basic knowledge of the great lines of diffusion of the economic crisis.
Basic knowledge of the main methods of investigation and theories on the human settlement and the socio-environmental conflicts.


Applying knowledge and understanding:

Basic knowledge of global geopolitical frameworks

Using basic tools of the geographical analysis, applying to studies on the great cultural areas.

Connecting theoretical knowledge and the practical study of the territories.

Connecting theoretical framework and the study of migrations processes.


Making judgement:

Identifying the main social phenomena with cartographic and iconografic tools.

Applying theories to practical problems and issues in the regional territory.


Communication skills:

Describing processes and phenomena.

Giving examples and reasoning on theories and cases of study.

Learning skills:

In-depth understanding of the main issues trought searching for scientific sources and databases (e.g., JStor, Eric, WoS, ect. …)

Course Structure

The course will be planned on eight weeks. During the class, frontal lessons, didactic games and forum debates will be held.

Detailed Course Content

The course is aimed to present the main issues related to large global transformations of the last decades. A brief overview of the global ecological crisis and several geopolitical and environmental problems facing Human Communities will be presented. It also will contribute to the formation of skills related to the analysis of geographical processes.

Then, the course will address the analysis of the current socio-ecological debate, focusing the environmental transformations of economic globalization and the social conflicts related to the human living conditions. It will pay particular attention to the problems posed by the new social conflicts.

Textbook Information

1. Wallerstein I., Comprendere il mondo. Introduzione all'analisi dei sistemi-mondo, Trieste, Asterios, 2018 (p.164)

2. Gozzi G. (a cura di) 2020. Al di qua e al di là dei confini. Sguardi alle radici delle migrazioni contemporanee. Verona: Ombre Corte (p.180)

3. Haraway, D., 2016. Staying With the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Durham: Duke University Press (p. 1-149)

4. Torre, S., Benegiamo, M. e Dal Gobbo, A. 2020. Il pensiero decoloniale: dalle radici del dibattito ad una proposta di metodo. ACME-An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 19(2).

5. Wallace, R., Liebman, A., Chaves L. F. e Wallace, R. 2020. Covid19 and Circuits of Capital, Monthly Review, 72(1).

Disponibile all’indirizzo:

6. Per la preparazione dell’esame si consiglia anche lo studio dell’Atlante dei conflitti ambientali disponibile all’indirizzo:

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