90133 - Media and Geography (1) (A-L)

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SDGs

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

Gender equality Reduced inequalities Sustainable cities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student has acquired a critical knowledge of material production and cultural meaning by which media create geographical facts and imaginative geographies, producing social relationships and space.

Course contents

The course focuses on the forms and representations of the contemporary migratory "crisis" and the shipwrecks on the threshold of Europe. During the course we will consider the construction of the Mediterranean Sea as an ethical and political grey zone that reinforces its border nature, the narration of migrants as "other humans" (Balibar), the neo-colonial relations that insist on the exception and the externalization of the management of migratory flows. Videos, films and literary excerpts will be analyzed through Nicoletta Vallorani's essay, Nessun Kurz.

Readings/Bibliography

N. Vallorani, Nessun Kurtz. «Cuore di tenebra» e le parole dell'Occidente, Mimesis, 2017

G. Costantini, F., Mannocchi, Libia, Mondadori, 2019.

Recommended reading:

S. Mezzadra, Terra e confini. Metamorfosi di un solco, Manifestolibri, 2016

Teaching methods

Course will be taught through a mixture of formal lectures and discussion classes. Its aim will be to facilitate interaction between the lecturer and students and to stimulate debate among students.
Class attendance is critical to take advantage of a way of learning not feasible through homework, and it turns out to be crucial in order for the student to adequately satisfy exam requirements.

Assessment methods

The exam consists of a written examination on the entire syllabus. The aim of the examination is to assess the methodological and critical skills acquired by the student. Given the importance of class attendance for an appropriate training process it will be two grading scales and two separate programs: for attending and non-attending students.

Attending students

Attendance and participation count for 15% of the final grade.

In particular, it will be assessed the ability of the student to participate actively in class, also using multimedia and collaborative tools provided within the course; such capacity, if combined with the achievement of a coherent framework of the topics developed during the lessons , the application of critical sense and suitable means of expression will be considered and evaluated with the maximum grading = A (27-30 con lode).

Attendance, if joint to a predominantly mnemonic acquisition of course's contents and discontinuous language and logical skills will be assessed in a grading range from good (B = 24-26) to satisfactory (C = 21-23).

Attendance, with a minimum level of knowledge of the course contents, combined with training gaps or inadequate language and logical skills, it will get as grade ‘barely passing' (D = 18-20).

The absence of a minimum level of knowledge of the course contents, combined with inadequate language and logical skills and training gaps, it will produce a fail (E) grading, even in spite of an assiduous attendance.

Non-attending students

Non-attending students will be assessed primarily on the ability to use literature and multimedia tools made available, in order to properly expose the contents of the course. This ability, when combined with the achievement of a coherent framework of the course's themes, the application of critical sense, and suitable means of expression will be considered and evaluated with the maximum grading = A (27-30 con lode).

A predominantly mnemonic acquisition of course's contents along with discontinuous language and logical skills will be assessed in a grading range from good (B = 24-26) to satisfactory (C = 21-23).

A minimum level of knowledge of the course contents, combined with training gaps or inadequate language and logical skills, it will get as grade ‘barely passing' (D = 18-20).

The absence of a minimum level of knowledge of the course contents, combined with inadequate language and logical skills and training gaps, it will produce a fail (E) grading.

Teaching tools

Powerpoint presentations, readings, video

Office hours

See the website of Alessandra Bonazzi