Introduction to Geography and History Study (2014/2015)

Course code
4S001363
Credits
12
Coordinator
Marco Stoffella
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
INTRODUZIONE ALLO STUDIO DELLA GEOGRAFIA (I) 6 M-GGR/01-GEOGRAPHY semestrino IA Sandra Vantini
INTRODUZIONE ALLO STUDIO DELLA STORIA (I) 6 M-STO/02-MODERN HISTORY Semestrino IB Marco Stoffella

Learning outcomes

Module: INTRODUZIONE ALLO STUDIO DELLA STORIA (I)
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The teaching is preparatory to the investigation of history in different epochs, through an introduction to the processes of construction of the historical knowledge and its different phases: subjectivity of knowledge, research, treatment of the informations, reliability of sources, the building process of the text.


Module: INTRODUZIONE ALLO STUDIO DELLA GEOGRAFIA (I)
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This course presents the basic concepts and tools for the study of Geography in preparation for understanding the problems of the contemporary world and aimed at professional opportunities in the education sector.

Syllabus

Module: INTRODUZIONE ALLO STUDIO DELLA STORIA (I)
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Prerequisites: a basic knowledge of history in general.

Contents: a methodological introduction to the study of history. Examination of the opportunities and of the problems given by a plurality of sources. The mith of Rome and of the Modern nations. An introduction to global history.

Texts:
1. Pietro Corrao, Paolo Viola, Introduzione agli studi di storia, Roma, Donzelli, 2005.
2. Sergio Luzzatto (a cura di), Prima lezione di metodo storico, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2010.
One more book is to be chosen between:
3a. Patrick J. Geary, Il mito delle nazioni. Le origini medievali dell’Europa, Roma, Carocci, 2009;
3b. Jared Diamond, Collasso. Come le società scelgono di morire o vivere, Torino, Einaudi, 2005;
3c. Andrea Giardina, André Vauchez, Il mito di Roma. Da Carlo Magno a Mussolini, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2000.
A recommended further reading is:
Marina Caffiero, Micaela Procaccia (a cura di), Vero e falso. L’uso politico della storia, Roma, Donzelli, 2008

Didactical methods: frontal lessons.


Module: INTRODUZIONE ALLO STUDIO DELLA GEOGRAFIA (I)
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Prerequisites: Students should have already acquired from high school, familiarity with the following topics: The Earth as a planet (shape, size and movement). The representation of the surface of the earth (Maps, scale reduction, projections, cartographic products). The atmosphere (composition, division, characteristics) and climate and its elements (solar radiation and temperature, pressure and atmospheric circulation, humidity and precipitation), variations (factors) and classification of climates. The hydrosphere (seas and oceans, movement of the seas, inland waters). The lithosphere (distribution of land masses and oceans, the theory of plate tectonics, large topographic structures, volcanoes and earthquakes.) These basic skills are part of the study syllabus, addressed at achieving an adequate preparation for the education field (teaching).

Course Content: Object of study and method of Geography. The partitions of Geography. The tools of the geographer. The world and its problems.

Textbooks:

- Le parole chiave della geografia (G. De Vecchis e C. Palagiano), Roma, Carrocci 2009: First section (Epistemology), Second section (Methods), Third section (Representation), Fourth section (Survey unit), pp. 23-168)
-A. FREMONT, Vi piace la geografia? (D. Gavinelli), Roma, Carrocci, 2009.
-A.MACCHIA, Il mondo e i suoi paesi. La Geografia del Pianeta a inizio XXI secolo, Bologna, Pàtron 2010 (sections to be selected).
- Le parole chiave della geografia (G. De Vecchis e C. Palagiano), Roma, Carrocci 2009: First section (Epistemology), Second section (Methods), Third section (Representation), Fourth section (Survey unit), pp. 23-168)

To review the "prerequisites" it is recommended, in addition to consulting an Atlas, a good manual on Earth Sciences. LUPIA PALMIERI E., Il globo terrestre e la sua evoluzione, Bologna, Zanichelli, 2000 is suggested to anyone who has not yet studied the basic elements of physical geography.

Other bibliographic references can be suggested for those students who attend lessons.
A meeting will be requested of all students, in particular non-attending ones, in order to select the most appropriate choice.

Teaching Methods: The course consists of classroom lectures with slide projections.

Assessment methods and criteria

Module: INTRODUZIONE ALLO STUDIO DELLA STORIA (I)
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Oral exam based on the discussion of the texts in the program (included the one chosen by students).


Module: INTRODUZIONE ALLO STUDIO DELLA GEOGRAFIA (I)
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Final exam. For students who attend lessons there will be a written learning process check test on the basic knowledge of physical geography and cartography.