M-GGR/01 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

Knowledge and understanding:

Basic knowledge of Political Ecology debate and the main interpretative currents in political ecology.

Knowledge of the main global socio-ecological and socio-political issues.

Basic knowledge of the broad outlines of economic and ecological crises.

Knowledge of the methods of investigation and theories on human settlement, environmental inequalities, socio-environmental conflicts.

Knowledge of the debate on colonialism and its historical consequences, postcolonial and decolonial theories.

Knowledge of the criticism of patriarchal socio-cultural systems and the movements that have emerged in recent years.

Use of the basic tools of geographical analysis for understanding or studying global cultural processes.

Ability to connect the debate of the discipline to the different problems of the great cultural areas.

Ability to analyse major processes such as migration and ecological transition by adopting the methods and debate of the discipline.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding:

Identify the main issues dealt with also in relation to their territorial development.

To know how to apply the theoretical debate to case studies and current issues.

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


Ability to apply knowledge and understanding:

To identify the main issues to be dealt with in their territorial development.

To know how to apply the theoretical debate to case studies and current issues.


Communication skills:

Correctly describe the processes and phenomena dealt with and refer to their socio-territorial development.

To be able to give examples and to reshape different issues in an analytical discourse on the major processes.


Learning capacity:

To demonstrate a good knowledge of methods of searching for geographical information through the most popular scientific and technical information tools (e.g. databases and online repositories, as well as commonly used geographical information tools)

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

Political Ecology has been characterised in recent years as a field of interdisciplinary confrontation in which a radical critique of the forms of organisation of the experience of modernity is being developed in the search for alternatives to the global ecological crisis. The course will provide an overview of the debate that has characterised the emergence of political ecology in recent years, from Political Ecology to the reflections of André Gorz. Particular attention will be given to the spaces of theoretical elaboration that have arisen from the confrontation between different political experiences and intellectual reflections in various areas of the planet, taking into consideration the movements for climate justice and feminist movements. Part of the course will be focused on the ways followed by political ecology in the analysis of the global ecological crisis and the reshaping of colonial and patriarchal models of power.

Textbook Information

1. Torre S. 2020. Il metodo del vivente. L’ecologia politica e la rielaborazione del discorso geografico. Geography Notebooks, 3, 201-2015.

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2. Armiero M. 2020. Wasteocene. Cambridge University Press


3. Barca S. 2019. Force of Reproduction. Cambridge University Press


4. Ashish Kothari, Ariel Salleh, Arturo Escobar, Federico Demaria, Alberto Acosta, eds. 2019. Pluriverse. A Post-Development Dictionary. Columbia University Press (First part only).

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