27928 - Laboratory (1) (LM)

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Geography and Territorial Processes (cod. 0971)

Learning outcomes

The Laboratory 1 is focused on the critical analysis of urban transformation processes. At the end of the course students understand the methodologies for a theoretical and empirical interpretation of urban social processes. They can interpret the main theories in urban studies and apply the most significant methodologies related to urban studies.

Course contents

The Laboratory is organized in 3 parts:

First part (20 h): Seminars performed by the professors of the Master Course in Geography: introduction to theories and methodologies of social urban research.

Second part (10 ore). Seminar performed by external researchers and scholars: theoretical and methodological issues in urban geography. Researches examples and case studies. Meeting and talks with various social actors: institutions, urban associations and political movements.

Third part (20 ore). Field research experiences, class/group discussion and other cooperative and individual activities.


Bibliography will be indicated at the beginning and during the laboratory. Non-attending students are required to contact the organizers in order to receive indications and plan a bibliography.

Teaching methods

The Laboratory provides for a blended teaching including lessons, seminars, research field and group activities. Regular attendance of the classes is required.

Assessment methods

The final exam consists in a paper related to a case study. The topic has to be planned in agreement with the professors and can be realized also in a group. Once submitted and approved, the paper is presented and discussed in a public meeting with the professors, all the involved students and eventual external experts. Students have to attend at least 80% of the meetings and activities.

Students that are not able to attend the course are required to contact the professors in order to define an alternative work program that includes readings, field work and the elaboration, presentation and discussion of a paper.

Teaching tools

Power point presentations


Cloud sharing platform

Office hours

See the website of Matteo Proto


Sustainable cities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.