Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2015/16
Territory and Environment Sociology
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Territorial, Urban, Environmental And Landscape Planning - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Mela Alfredo ORARIO RICEVIMENTO     60 0 0 0 4
SSD CFU Activities Area context
SPS/10 6 B - Caratterizzanti Economia, politica e sociologia
Subject fundamentals
The course provides useful sociological contributions for the interpretation of the relationships between social systems, territory and environment and for a sustainable spatial planning.
In addition, the lessons cover topics related to the processes of citizen participation in strategic plans, urban design and local development policies.
N.B.: It is possible for foreign students 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 students will acquire knowledge referred to:
- some fields of study of the environmental sociology;
- social aspects of sustainability in urban planning;
- social dimension of community development;
- citizens participation, with reference to different paradigms, models and methods of intervention.

They will also develop the ability to apply the acquired knowledge for
- planning of socio-environmental systems;
- management of community development planning.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
It is useful for the students to know some basic themes of urban sociology and have some knowledge on the methodology of the empirical research in social sciences.
1.Urbanizzazione, società e comunità

1. Urbanization, society and communities
- Global society and urbanism;
- social relations, communities relations;
- City, natural environment, build environments.

2. Planning and citizens participation
- planning, participatory democracy, governance ;
- participatory processes: paradigms and models;
- social and spatial dimensions of the participation;
- methods for the involvement of citizens in urban decisions and management of commons .

3. Development and Urbanization
- the concept of sustainable development and its dimensions;
- social sustainability;
urbanization and sustainability ;
- - risk and sustainability.
Delivery modes
The course is based on lectures and practical activities carried out by students individually and in groups. The exercises will be conducted in collaboration with the course of the prof. C. Rossignolo "Urban and territorial geography".
Students who cannot guarantee a continuous presence will be exempted from the exercise activity.
N: Tutoring, essays and works to be done during the lessons will be done in English for foreign students. Lessons will be in Italian (slides in Italian and in English), but 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
EN: : for English speaking students texts to be studied are the following:

Gallent N. and Ciaffi D. (eds.) (2014) Community action and planning. Contexts, drivers and outcomes, Policy Press, London.

Mela A. (2008) The Polycentric City and Environmental Resources, in Maciocco G. (ed.), The Territorial Future of the City, Springer, Heidelberg-New York, pp. 71-86.

Amin A. and Thrift N. (2002) Cities: Reimagining the Urban, Polity Press, Cambridge.

In addition students can download from the course website all the slides referred to the lessons and other materials useful for the exam.
Assessment and grading criteria
EN: The final evaluation of the student will take into account:
- The quality of the exercises carried out during the course and the interaction with the teacher during the preparation of the exercises and the discussions on issues related to the lessons.
- The performance at the final examination. The students are required to discuss the work done during the course and the final report, with appropriate references to the themes and texts in the bibliography.

The students that could not do the exercises have to prepare the exam using the course materials and the bibliography. The exam will be given in oral form and the assessment will take into account the students’ knowledge of the topics, their ability to connect them with other knowledge acquired in previous studies, the appropriate use of the language.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2015/16

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