00463 - Political and Economic Geography

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Languages, Markets and Cultures of Asia and Mediterranean Africa (cod. 9264)

    Also valid for First cycle degree programme (L) in Foreign Languages and Literature (cod. 0979)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student is able to read and analyse the geopolitical and geo-economic dynamics of the current world, also recognizing its strong human and cultural dimension; in particular, the student is able to find out the close relationship between micro- and macro-territorial phenomena, by developing analytical and synthetic consciousness in relation to the examined space.

Course contents

The program is developed in three parts.

The first part of the course introduces the key concepts of geography and then takes a critical approach to the classic themes of political geography.

The second part of the course focuses on the issues of economic geography and in particular globalization, the role of regions and especially cities as key players in the current global economy and policies.

The third part consists of an in-depth monograph on the topic of international borders and migration through direct study of relevant bibliographic sources and through a multidisciplinary approach.

Empirical cases related to the topics discussed will be proposed and analyzed during the course.


For attending students

C. Minca (ed.), Appunti di Geografia. Wolters Kluwer, Milano, 2022.


For non-attending students:


Minca, C. (ed.), Appunti di Geografia. Wolters Kluwer, Milano, 2022.

Brenner, N., 2016 Stato, spazio, urbanizzazione (Guerini Scientifica)

Lefebvre, H., 2014 Il diritto alla città (Ombre Corte)

Teaching methods

The course consists of lectures, interactive seminar activities and group work.

In the introductory lecture, detailed information will be provided on the syllabus and how the lectures will be conducted.

Comprehensive guidance on how to test learning and the course materials will also be provided.

Students who intend to take the exam as attending students must ensure more than 75 percent class attendance.

Assessment methods

Verification of learning will be achieved through a written test consisting of open questions, differentiated between attending and nonattending students.

For attending students, the questions will cover the topics developed during the course and the bibliographic supports indicated and commented on during the lectures.

For nonattending students, questions will cover the topics covered in the text indicated in the syllabus.

The final assessment will focus, for all students, on: degree of knowledge and depth of content; ability of expression and argumentation; autonomy in establishing connections between the different topics covered in the course; and ability to analyze and interpret the topics studied.

Teaching tools

power points, lectures, maps, videos

Office hours

See the website of Martina Tazzioli