Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2012/13
Geography, environment, landscape
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Territorial, Urban, Environmental And Landscape Planning - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Santangelo Marco ORARIO RICEVIMENTO O2 M-GGR/01 48 12 0 0 9
SSD CFU Activities Area context
M-GGR/01 6 A - Di base Ecologia, geografia e geologia
Subject fundamentals
The aim of the course is to teach students to read and understand, critically and operatively, the relationship between the specific features of a geographic context and its spatial and socio-economic transformations dynamics in time and at different geographical scales.

N.B.: It is possible for foreign students (Erasmus, Bilateral Agreement or Double Degree) to attend this course. In the different part of this programme, when relevant, a specific organisation for such students will be highlighted and preceded by EN (English).
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student will be able to:
- Analyse, describe with proper terminology, and synthetically represent the physical, human and socio-economic geography of a territory, starting from the interpretation of basic cartography and landscape features. A specific attention will be given to the urban dimension;
- Recognize (through context, data, and information analysis) components and roles of economic and social actors in territorial transformation processes;
- Recognize the context specific and characterizing resources, taking into account bordering contexts and supra-local territorial levels;
- Understand strengths and weaknesses of the geographical context;
- Imagine a possible and sustainable future geography, taking into account the landscape main features, and supra-local dynamics.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
No specific knowledge is required.
Geographic landscape between aesthetics and science;
Geographical-spatial relations;
Geographical description as design;
Analysis and description of geographical contexts between landscape and ecosystems: environmental frameworks, historical territorial matrixes, recent evolutions of urban growth and urban landscape;
Territorial development processes: actors, resources, and values;
Basics of urban and territorial economics.
Delivery modes
Students will apply the topics of the different lessons by practicing through the use of cartography, documents, online sources and data, to understand a context transformation process. Attention will be paid to the use of demographic and socio-economic statistical data and to different methodologies to represent the geographical context and its development dynamics.
Exercises, which are necessary to understand the interaction between physical and socio-economic components of the discipline, will be generally done in groups and are introductive to the final essay. The final essay, together with an active and constant participation to the lessons, will form a basis for the exam evaluation.

EN: Essays and works to be done during the lessons will be done in English for foreign students. Lessons will be in Italian, but slides, specific tutoring and explanations will be given in English. Furthermore, topics of the lessons will be coherent with texts, readings and lecture notes as signalled in the course programme.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
The following texts will be used throughout the semester, together with lecture notes that will be uploaded in the course web page (in Portale della Didattica).

As regards physical geography:
- Strahler A. (2015), Fondamenti di Geografia Fisica, Zanichelli, Bologna.
Strahler’s book will be used extensively during the course as a reference for environmental frameworks, therefore it is not possible to select only some chapters.

As regards urbanization phenomena:
- Governa F., Memoli M. (2011), Geografie dell’urbano. Spazi, politiche, pratiche della città, Carocci, Roma.
In specific the following chapter:
- Santangelo M. (2011), "Le forme della crescita urbana in Europa", pp. 83-108.

The following text could also be studied (not mandatory, except for students without a sufficient evaluation in exercises or final essay):
- Lanzani A. (2011), In cammino nel paesaggio. Questioni di urbanistica e geografia, Carocci, Roma
In specific the following chapters:
- Lanzani A. (2011), "A piedi immaginando un paesaggio per la geografia e l’urbanistica", pp. 17-49;
- Lanzani A. (2011), "Le trasformazioni insediative in Italia. Tra riforme mancate e continue innovazioni territoriali", pp. 107-146;
- Lanzani A. (2011), "Un nuovo e assai più problematico consumo di suolo", pp. 147-158.

EN: for foreign students texts to be studied are the following:
- Strahler A. (2011), Introducing Physical Geography, Wiley, Hoboken NJ.
N.B.: Strahler’s book will be used extensively for the course and thus it is not possible to take out single chapters.

- Pacione M. (2009), Urban Geography. A global perspective, Routledge, London-New York.
As regards the second book, attention should be paid to the following chapters:
- Pacione M. (2009), "The origins and growth of cities", pp. 37-67;
- Pacione M. (2009), "Land use in the city", pp. 137-163;
- Pacione M. (2009), "Urban planning and policy", pp. 164-188.
Assessment and grading criteria
Evaluation of the work that students have prepared during the course, and interaction with the professor during the lessons, will constitute the basis for evaluating the student’s preparation for the final exam (oral).
The exam consists in three questions: the first related to the work that has been done during the course, the other two questions are related to the final essay. Answers should prove the capacity of the student to discuss on the topics of the course, to refer to the course bibliography, and to use an appropriate terminology.
Texts of the Not mandatory list may be discussed during the examination to improve, or not, the final result.
Students without a sufficient evaluation in works during the course or in the final essay will have to discuss topics covered by texts from both lists (mandatory, two questions, and non mandatory, one question, bibliography).

EN: Evaluation of works that students have prepared during the course, and interaction with the professor while working and in debating the topics of the lessons, will constitute the basis for evaluating the student’s preparation for the final exam.
The exam will consist in a discussion on exercises and on the final essay (three questions) in which a correct reference to themes of the lessons and of the texts provided would be needed.

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