Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0093 (AF:355040 AR:190668)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
6 out of 12 of GEOGRAPHY
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
1st Term
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The course is a basic activity for the Bachelor’s Degree in Lettere and Storia. As such, it aims to offer a reference frame on some approaches, concepts and topics of human geography. Objective of the course: providing some tools to know and interpret the territorial dynamics and anthropogenic transformation of nature, as well as the related environmental problems; presenting some of the major topics and problems of the contemporary cultural geography.
1. Knowledge and understanding:
1.1 Acquiring the basic concepts of human geography
1.2 Knowledge of the classical schools of thought in human geography
1.3. Understanding the importance of the evolutive relation between nature and human societies
1.4 Knowing some topics of the contemporary cultural geography

2. Applying knowledge and analyzing:
2.1 Being able to use the above-mentioned concepts to interpret today’s world
2.1. Acquiring consciousness of one’s lived space and everyday landscape, as well as of the variety of landscapes, also as cultural heritage
2.3. Recognizing environmental and landscape risk and/or degradation

3. Ability to judge:
3.1 Recognizing the geo-historical evolution of landscapes; individuate contemporary dynamics and their impacts on landscape
3.2 Evaluating environmental impacts in the light of sustainability
3.3 Let emerge socio-cultural and political implications of spaces and places

4. Communication skills:
4.1 Writing in a logic, coherent and synthetic style, in order to expose the knowledge gained
4.2 Use of an appropriate semantic and linguistic register
General knowledge of the Italian landscape and territory. Ability to read basic cartography.
The course will provide some elements useful to narrow approaches, key concepts and objects of classic and contemporary human geography and cultural geography. The focus is especially brought on environment, space, place, territory and landscape, also in a geocultural sense. Case studies: wetland and land reclamation areas, islands.
Please note that the course includes a difference between students attending or non-attending the lessons.
For those attending lessons
1) Lesson’s notes
2) Minca C., Colombino A. (a cura di), Breve manuale di geografia umana, Padova, Cedam, 2012 (N.B. except for chapter 3 Parte I, chapters 4-5 Part II, Part IV)
3) Corona G., Breve storia dell’ambiente in Italia, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015 (e-book also available)

For those not attending lessons:
1) Meschiari M., Neogeografia. Per un nuovo immaginario terrestre, Milano, Milieu Edizioni, 2019
2) Minca C., Colombino A. (a cura di), Breve manuale di geografia umana, Padova, Cedam, 2012
3) Corona G., Breve storia dell’ambiente in Italia, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015 (e-book also available)
Written exam with open questions targeted at the measurement of knowledge, the ability to apply knowledge and understanding and the ability to judge. For students attending classes, the exam questions will be on lesson’s notes and on the 2 specified textbooks. For not attending students, questions will be on the 3 specified textbooks. The exams lasts 90 minutes (2 academic hours). Exam procedure to be confirmed.

Lectures with discussion and seminars (depending on COVID 19 crisis).
Attending lessons is highly recommended.
Accessibility, Disability and Inclusion - Accommodation and support services for students with disabilities and students with specific learning impairments: Ca’ Foscari abides by Italian Law (Law 17/1999; Law 170/2010) regarding support services and accommodation available to students with disabilities. This includes students with mobility, visual, hearing and other disabilities (Law 17/1999), and specific learning impairments (Law 170/2010). If you have a disability or impairment that requires accommodations (i.e., alternate testing, readers, note takers or interpreters) please contact the Disability and Accessibility Offices in Student Services:

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Natural capital and environmental quality" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

This programme is provisional and there could still be changes in its contents.
Last update of the programme: 26/02/2021