Cultural Geography and itineraries (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Caterina Martinelli
Caterina Martinelli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 28, 2020 al Jan 9, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to favour a critical understanding of the relationships between tourism and space. It promotes the development of theoretical and methodological understanding 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 assimilation of the main concepts pertaining to Cultural Geography and the ability to critically apply them to understand tourism and its territorial impacts.


- Introduction to Human and Cultural Geography
- Different approches to Cultural Geography in the international context
- 'Cultural turn' and Geography
- 'Cultural turn' and research methodologies: the qualitative approach
- Post-modern Cultural Geographies and Post-structuralist Geographies
- The 'Cultural turn' and in Tourist Studies: the contribution of the Cultural and Post-structuralist Geographies
- The cultural approach to the geographies of tourism
- Case studies

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

NB: In preparation to group work some readings may be assigned. Together with participation in group work, these readings will be considered valid for the purposes of the final exame. That is, they will be considered as part of the program already carried out.

- Martinelli C. (2015) La Geografia Culturale nel Contesto della Geografia Umana “Internazionale”. Verona, QuiEdit.

- In Minca C. e Colombino A. (2012) Breve Manuale di Geografia Umana. Trento, Cedam:
‐ Introduzione, pp. 1-10
‐ Introduzione alla parte III: I viaggi del geografo, pp. 135-137
‐ Cap. 8: Viaggio, turismo e geografia, pp. 157-174
‐ Cap. 9: Heritage e geografie della memoria, pp. 175-192
‐ Introduzione alla parte IV: La pratica del geografo, pp. 195-196
‐ Cap. 10: Metodo e metodologia, pp. 197-225.
‐ Conclusioni, pp. 227-230.

- Franklin A. and Crang M. (2001) The Trouble with Tourism and Travel Theory?. Tourist Studies, 1(1): 5-22.
- Edensor T. (2009) Tourism. In Kitchin R. and Thrift N. (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Oxford, Elsevier, 301-312.
- Pratt G. (2009) Qualitative Methods, in Gregory D. et. al. (Eds) Dictionary of Human Geography, 5th Edition. Malden and Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 603-606
(NB: the journal articles are available on-line for free - see also the main library Frinzi on-line resourses. The encyclopedic and dictionary entries will be available on the e-learning platform)

d) Other bibliographic, audio e audio-video materials will be specified during lectures (also on the e-learning Platform).

- Atkinson D et al. (2010) Cultural Geography. A critical Dictionary of Key Concepts. London, I.B. Tauris.
- Banini T. (2019) Geografie Culturali. Milano, Franco Angeli.
- Borghi R. (2020) Decolonialità e privilegio. Milano, Meltemi.
- Cresswell T. (2014) Geographic Thought. A Critical Introduction. Chichester, Wiley-Blackwell.
- Malatesta S. (2015) Geografia dei Bambini. Milano, Guerini Scientifica.
- Pettenati G. (2019) I Paesaggi Culturali Unesco in Italia. Milano, Franco Angeli.

NB: Students non attending classes will follow the programme indicated above. In addition, they will have
to do some further readings following the instructions which will be published in moodle. It is recommended to contact the teacher before the exam, in order to get some advise for dealing with the subject.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will be oral and assessed according to the following criteria:
‐ Knowledge of the module’s contents and topics
‐ Ability to make connections among the different topics of the module
- Ability to engage critically with themes and ideas of the module
‐ Ability to support the discussion with evidence and examples.
‐ Appropriate use of the geographical lexicon
‐ Clarity and consistency