European countries geography (2017/2018)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Silvino Salgaro
Silvino Salgaro
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Semester 2 dal Feb 26, 2018 al Jun 9, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

This course aims at giving knowledge of Europe and its countries at a crucial moment for the future of the continent. The course, rather than the analysis of individual countries, aims at providing the conceptual, methodological and cultural basis needed to analyze and interpret the processes through which European spaces have been organized and by which space relations evolve. Starting from natural landscapes, we will analyze the economic, political and social perspectives and prospects of the European continent, paying attention also to the dynamics and international relations triggered by globalization.



European natural environment
European continent and its environments
Environmental issues
Europe's historical-political formation
Europe in time
European Union
European human environment
European population
European cities
Resources and the primary sector
Secondary sector
Tertiary sector
Post-industrial society

Teaching methods
Teaching methods are distinct from attending and non-attending students.
With regard to attending students, teaching methods consist in frontal lessons in Italian language devoted to the transmission of basic notions, key categories and key application tools. Additionally, exercises in the History and Cartography Didactics Lab provide useful support in understanding case studies related to the present day with maps and documentary material.
Throughout the academic year the teacher is available for an individual meetings, agreed via web or telephone. Attending students will receive the complete calendar of teaching activities with the dates, classrooms and topics covered in the lessons, and how to prepare and take the exam.
With regard to non-attending students, the teaching methods consist of a teacher support to facilitate the textbook study. Any further information will be provided to the student when the ad hoc program is agreed upon.
The content of the textbooks, as well as the lessons and exercises held in the classroom, is adhering to the program.

Suggested material
Attending students:

Lessons notes (with in depth study of a European country with agreed and motivated choice)
Textbook in the bibliography (one, by choice) among: (secondo me I testi NON vanno tradotti)

LIZZA G. (edited by), Paneuropa. Geography and History of an Idea, Turin, Utet, 2004.

BONAVERO P., DANSERO E., VANOLO A. (edited by), Geography of the European Union. Themes, Problems and Policies in Building Community Space, Turin, Utet, 2006.

Description of a European country of choice (see above) or P.Macchia, The world and its countries at the threshold of the 21st century, Patron, Bologna, 2012 (European part)

Non-attendanting students:
Program to be agreed with the teacher

Assessment methods and criteria

The assessment of learning outcomes includes:
- for attending students: a written preliminary exam (optional and only at the end of the course) of the acquired knowledge and a supplementary oral examination;
- for non-attending students: an oral exam
Objectives of the assessment tests
The written test is intended to ascertain the knowledge of the classroom topics and the ability to apply logic to the various proposed issues.
The supplementary oral test consists of an interview aimed at developing the issues emerging in the context of written pre-assessment.
The full oral test consists of an interview aimed at verifying:
- the depth and breadth of the acquired knowledge;
- the property of language;
- the ability to connect systematically knowledge;
- analytical and argumentative ability.
Content and method of carrying out the assessment tests
The written test potentially covers all the topics in the program given at the opening of the course to the student. The written exam is divided into four questions related to the topics discussed in the course. Each question is associated with a score expressed in 30s. The written test concludes with a vote proposal that the student can integrate with the supplementary oral exam.
The full oral test is about the entire program. The final evaluation is expressed in 30s.
ERASMUS students are requested to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course to agree on the teaching and examination methods together.