73063 - Cultural Geography of Local Development (1)

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

Sustainable cities Responsible consumption and production Life on land

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The course aim is to introduce students to the definition and characteristics of the tourism phenomenon, to explain the role of tourism in shaping urban and rural development at the regional, national and international scale. Core of the course is the concept of sustainability and its application to tourism attitudes and practices. At the end of the course the student should be able to interpret the evolution and organization of tourism in space, understanding the policies and strategies for enhancing sustainability in tourism products.

Course contents

Some of the most important geographical topics within the international debate will be approached: place, territory, landscape, city, region, national state, globe, consumption, tourism, tangible and intangible heritahe and identity.

Some of the course contents will be:

Heritage and culture: definition and interpretation

Tourism: some definitions and different approaches to the sector's analysis

Culture and territory: the geographical approach to local development

Clusters and districts: from industry to culture and tourism

Culture, tourism and sustainability: methodology and operational tools (LAC, NGT, indicators for the analysis of Local Systems of Tourism Supply)


Rabbiosi C. (2013), Nuovi itinerari del consumo. Gli outlet village tra esperienza di shopping e dinamiche territoriali, Santarcangelo di Romagna (RN): Maggioli Editore.

Si consigliano :

Stefania Mangano, I territori culturali in Italia. Geografia e valorizzazione turistica, EDIZIONE: 2018, COLLANA: Biblioteca di testi e studi, ISBN: 9788843092857.

Claval P. (1995), La géographie culturelle. Parigi: Nathan.

Minca C. (2001), Postmodern Geography. Theory and praxis. Malden: Blackwell.

Vallega A. (2003), Geografia culturale. Luoghi, spazi, simboli. Torino: Utet.




Teaching materials will be uploaded on the Unibo platformm

Teaching methods

Lectures 80%

Exercises 20%

Assessment methods

The evaluation consists in a compulsory written exam lasting 60 minutes and organized in three open questions. To pass the exam, the student should demonstrate on the one hand to have reached the learning outcomes and on the other to be able to use the concepts learnd during the course, applying them to the analysis of the relationships between tourism and local territorial systems. Out of topic answers will not be evaluated. To pass the exam the student has to answer to all the questions. During the exam, the students are allowed to have on them only stationary and an identity card or document. Paper will be distributed by the teacher. The questions will be simultaneously given at the beginning of the exam (if necessary through a PPT). In the first five minutes students not feeling able to give proper answers to the questions are allowed to leave the exam. Each answer will be evaluated in 30 points, the final mark consist in the average of the three evaluation (0,5 point will be round up to the next point). Registration for the exam is compulsory, and students have to register through AlmaEsami [https://almaesami.unibo.it/almaesami/welcome.htm] according to the general rules of the School.

If the students will participate in a fieldwork organized by the teacher, the final evaluation will be based on an original project work.

Teaching tools

Several seminars, also held in english will complete the teaching module.

Office hours

See the website of Alessia Mariotti