Cultural Geography and itineraries (2017/2018)

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Name of lecturer
Caterina Martinelli
Caterina Martinelli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Semester 1 dal Oct 2, 2017 al Jan 20, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to promote the development of theoretical, empirical and methodological understanding and skills related to Cultural Geography and its approach to Tourist Studies. It also aims to favour critical reflections about the relationships between tourism and space. Moreover, the course will help to develop theoretical and practical skills related to research design and communication, useful for the final dissertation.


Cultural Geography: historical, theoretical and metodological contextualisation
- Contextualization within the field of Human Geography
- Historical developments
- Epistemological approaches
- Methodological aspects
Tourist Studies: Recent developments in the field
Cultural Geography and Tourist Studies
Qualitative Research methods
Research design and formal aspects of an academic text
Case studies related to a cultural approach to the Geography of tourism

Teaching modes
Lectures and workshops, with group works aimed to favour an active and critical participation in class and valid for the final assessment.

a) LECTURE'S NOTES (for students attending classes).
- Martinelli C. (2015) La Geografia Culturale nel Contesto della Geografia Umana “Internazionale”. Verona, QuiEdit.
- Minca C. e Colombino A. (2012) Breve Manuale di Geografia Umana. Trento, Cedam. (Introduzione; Parte III: I Viaggi del Geografo – Introduzione e capp. 8 e 9; Parte IV: La Pratica del Geografo: Introduzione e cap. 10; Conclusioni).
- Franklin A. and Crang M. (2001) The Trouble with Tourism and Travel Theory?. Tourist Studies, 1(1): 5-22.
- Edensor T. (2009) Tourism. In International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Oxford, Elsevier, 301-312.
- Gibson C. (2008) Locating geographies of tourism. Progress in Human Geography, 32(3) 407-422.
- Gibson C. (2009) Geographies of tourism: critical research on capitalism and local livelihoods. Progress in Human Geography, 33(4) 527-534.
- Gibson C. (2010) Geographies of tourism: (un)ethical encounters. Progress in Human Geography, 30(4) 521-527.
- Crang, M. (2005) There is nothing outside the text?, Progress in Human Geography, 29(2): 225-233.
d) Any further readings suggested during the lectures (for students attending classes).

NB: Students non attending classes will follow the programme indicated above. In addition, they will have to agree some further readings with the lecturer.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam.
Evaluation criteria will include:
‐ Knowledge of the module’s contents and topics
‐ Ability to engage critically with themes and ideas of the module
- Ability to support the discussion with evidence and examples.
‐ Appropriate use of geographical lexicon.
‐ Ability to communicate in a clear and coherent way.

NB: For students attending lectures a mid-term exam will be agreed during classes. This will be a written exam, with open questions, and it will relate to the part of the programme covered before the agreed date. Assessment methods and criteria will be the same as the final exam. If the mid-term exam is positive, the final exam will relate to the remaining part of the programme. The final assessment will consider both mid-term and final exam. It will also consider participation in the class group activities, when these will have required extra readings beyond class hours.