Nature and evolution of territory

Academic Year 2018/2019 - 1° Year
Teaching Staff: Teresa Graziano
Credit Value: 6
Scientific field: M-GGR/02 - Economic and political geography
Taught classes: 28 hours
Exercise: 28 hours
Term / Semester:

Learning Objectives

1. Knowledge and understanding: students will gain specific skills in the field of economic and political geography, with a specific focus on geographic spaces at different scales as well as the theoretical and methodological frameworks of concepts such as landscape, environment and ecosystem.

2. Applying knowledge. Students will understand the different patterns of territorial organization in rural and urban contexts, apart from the relations among territory, human action and use/perception of spaces, with the aim of learning theoretical and analytical tools useful for planning, managing and safeguarding the territory. What is more, students will be able to collect, understand and process quali-quantitative data in order to evaluate inherent characteristics of urban and rural spaces, apart from using them in a systemic way within specific local systems.

3. Making judgments: students will be able to critically evaluate structural characteristics of urban and rural spaces, by catching their inherent complexity.

4. Communication skills: The student will be able to transfer to others, with a full command of technical language, information and assessments about territorial systems and related local economic contexts.

5. Learning skills: at the end of the lectures students will have gained the knowledge necessary to deepen and integrate economic concepts with the geographical perspective on tourism.

Course Structure

Lectures, Seminars, Fieldworks, Worskshops

Detailed Course Content



Introduction: the concept of Landscape and the territorial complexity in Geography


Text 2, cap. 1, par. 1

+ learning material via STUDIUM

The geo-economic space: territory, regions, networks


Text 1 Cap 1

Globalisation and global tendencies

Text 1 Cap 2

Natural environment, economy, development policies

Text 1 Cap. 3, 10

Agricultural spaces

Text 1 Cap. 5

Multifunctional agricultural spaces

Text 2 Cap 2 Par 3- 3.1 -


Text 1 Cap 10 +

Learning material via STUDIUM

Urban landscapes, regeneration, gentrification

Learning material via STUDIUM

Energy and Industry

Text 1, cap. 6,7

ICTs and Territory: landscapes and new technologies

Text 1, cap.8

+ Learning material via STUDIUM

Creativity and Territory: tourism and consumption landscapes

Text 1, cap. 9

+ Learning material via STUDIUM

Sicilian landscapes: environment, settlement systems, economic structures

Text 2 Cap q parr. 2, 3, 4; Cap. 2

Focus on Reading and Interpreting Landscapes: from maps to digital placetelling

Learning material via STUDIUM

Focus on Reading and Interpreting Landscapes: Media and Literature

Learning material via STUDIUM


Workshop: Planning how to read and interpret urban evolution in Catania

Learning material via STUDIUM


Fieldwork on the geographical analysis of urban spaces

Catania Historical centre

Fieldwork: tourism and sustainability

To be confirmed

Textbook Information

Text 1. De Matteis G., Lanza C., Nano F., Vanolo A., “Geografia dell’economia mondiale”, Torino, UTET, 2010.

Text 2. Cannizzaro S., Corinto G.L., “Paesaggio in Sicilia. Dialogo territoriale ed episodi paesaggistici”, Bologna, Patron, 2013