The course presents the major outlines and main themes of applied Geography as a discipline that studies the anthropic transformations of ecumene. 

  • Aims and content

      The course aims to give students the main instruments of geographical science to read and interpret land, landscape and their dynamics. In order to avoid giving students an arid collection of methods of analysis and representation, these will be discussed in the context of an epistemological framework of geosemiotics and social geography. With Vallega we cannot but recall that territorial and landscape analysis must not ignore the need to put in place forms of representation of space that enable communicating meaning so that its government is responsible and sustainable. In this way, on one hand contexts and ways of using the analytical instruments proposed are defined, and on the other it will be possible to attribute “meaning” to the representation of territory and landscape that these enable building. In the context of the course on territory (exemplified by some case studies), while continuing to be conceived as an objective unitary entity, territory will no longer be solely “explained” as a set of elements and interconnected relations, that is following a Cartesian type logic. Conversely, how territory must be “understood”, capturing its non tangible aspects that constitute its mantle of symbols and values, will be shown


      Definition of geographical space, ecumene, territory and landscape


      The definition of landscape proposed by the European Landscape Convention


      Landscape according to rationalist and non-rationalist perspectives


      Indicators of landscape


      Context of application of landscape indicators


      Application of indicators and field work

  • Who
    • Teacher(s)
    • Mauro Spotorno
      tel. (+39) 010209 - 51173
    • Exam Board
      Mauro Spotorno (President)
      Gian Marco Ugolini
  • How

      The course will be taught mainly through lectures but it may also be integrated by field trips


      Assessment is by a questionnaire of open and closed questions and a written discussion of a case-study. The final mark will assess: a) knowledge of the discipline (70%), and b) correct expression in Italian (30%) in the questionnaire’s open questions.

  • Where and when
    • Sessions
      Date Time Type Place Notes
      18 giugno 2018 12:00 Orale Genova
      2 luglio 2018 12:00 Scritto Genova
      16 luglio 2018 12:00 Scritto Genova
      10 settembre 2018 12:00 Scritto Genova
      1 ottobre 2018 12:00 Scritto Genova
      19 dicembre 2018 9:30 Scritto Genova
  • Contacts