Cultural Geography and itineraries (2018/2019)

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Caterina Martinelli
Caterina Martinelli
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I semestre dal Oct 1, 2018 al Jan 12, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to promote the development of theoretical and methodological un-derstanding and skills related to Cultural Geography and their application to the study of tourism. At the end of the course students will have to demonstrate the as-similation of the main concepts pertaining to Cultural Geography and the ability to critically apply them to understand tourism and its territorial impacts.


• Cultural Geography: historical-geographical, theoretical and methodological contextualisation:
- From Human to Cultural Geography: the German, the French and the American school
- From the Cultural Geography of Carl O’ Sauer to the New Cultural Geography: the ‘cultural turn’ as a composite process
• Geography and Tourist Studies: from a positivistic to a cultural approach
- Geography and tourism in 20th century
- Limits of the positivistic approaches to the study of tourism
- The contribution of Cultural Geography to Tourist Studies
 . Specificities of the New Cultural Geography
 . Developments of the New Cultural Geography and its impacts on Human Geography and Geography of Tourism: epistemological and methodological aspects
- Relations between the development of tourism and that of theories about tourism
- Recent trajectories of the international Geography of tourism
• Case studies which present a geo-cultural approach to the study of tourism

Teaching modes
Lectures and workshops, with group works aimed to favour an active and critical participation in class.

NB: The students are required to actively take part in class works and discussions. To prepare for lectures, they may be required to read some brief texts, which will be assigned in adequate advance, and to present and/or comment them in class in a collaborative manner.

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).
- Crang, M. (2005) There is nothing outside the text?, Progress in Human Geography, 29(2): 225-233.
- Edensor T. (2009) Tourism. In International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Oxford, Elsevier, 301-312.
- Franklin A. and Crang M. (2001) The Trouble with Tourism and Travel Theory?. Tourist Studies, 1(1): 5-22.
- 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.
- Three case study which will be assigned by the lecturer or selected in collaboration with students during lectures.
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 aimed to test the following aspects:
‐ Knowledge of the module’s contents and topics
- Ability to engage critically with themes and ideas of the module
‐ Ability to make connections among the different topics of the module
- Ability to support the discussion with evidence and examples.

NB: the readings completed in preparation for the lectures an the active participation in class will be considered in the final result.