Scheda insegnamento

Anno Accademico 2018/2019

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

Obiettivi formativi: the student will acquire the project design and capacity building skills in accordance with the sustainable development approach and the shared goals of the local and regional cooperation countries and public institutions. The student will debate the future scenarios of cooperation and the different paradigms of alternative development of basic need, of gender and sustainability.


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The course provides an introduction to political geography, geopolitics, the international financial architecture and trends especially useful in the field of international cooperation.

Moreover, the laboratorial part will enhance knowledge and practice on how to design and manage process, programmes and projects in the various field of international cooperation (country papers, strategy papers, elements on monitoring, structuring project proposals in international cooperation, indicators and assessments, budgeting and reporting, missions organisation, etc.). Both traditional (aid) and integrated (post-aid) approaches will be used.

The importance of the sustainable development paradigm, the bottom-up and local development approach will be methodologically central in conceptualizing actions.

Finally, students will develop knowledge and skills to debate the future scenarios of international cooperation and the different paradigms of development.

This course is structured in two main parts: (1) a theoretical and (2) an applied one. Overall, a thinking and learning lab atmosphere will be created with the aim of enabling students to acquire the basis to create, design and manage processes, programmes, projects in the various fields of international cooperation.


Reading List: (* available in Italian as well)



  • Grandi S., 2017, Political Geography and Geopolitics: a note for development studies + The landscape of the global financial architecture and development (HANDS OUT - DISPENSE)
  • Grandi S., 2017, An Atlas of an itinerary thought the determinants in the “developments” of the World and its Regions (HANDS OUT - DISPENSE)
  • Stiglitz J. E, (2003), "Ethics, Market and Government Failure, and Globalization, The Governance of Globalization, The proceedings of the Ninth Plenary Session of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Acta 9, Edmund Malinvaud and Louis Sabourin, eds., Casina Pio IV, 2-6 May 2003,- https://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/sites/jstiglitz/files/2003_Ethics_Market_and_Government_Failure_and_Globalization.pdf]*

Further Readings:

  • Grandi S., (2018), Sviluppo, Geografia e Cooperazioni Internazionali, Editrice La Mandragora, Imola.
  • Agnew J., Muscarà L., (2012) Making Political Geography- Second Edition, Rowman and Littlefield, Maryland, US.*
  • PARENTI F.M. E ROSATI U. (eds), 2016. Geofinance and geopolitics, EGEA, Milano*

Official Institutional Guidelines

  • Europe Aid Cooperation office, 2004, Aid Delivery Methods. Project Cycle Management Guidelines, European Commission, Bruxelles. https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/aid-delivery-methods-project-cycle-management-guidelines-vol-1_en
  • DG BUDGET, 2017, A guide to EU Funds. 2017 edition. European Union, Brussels. (free on: https://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/7d72330a-7020-11e7-b2f2-01aa75ed71a1/language-en/format-PDF/source-39311751 )
  • DG BUDGET, 2014, A beginners guideline to EU Funding. European Union, Brussels. (free on: https://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/9eb0b343-aa5e-46b6-8cd4-4fc07dcaddea/language-en/format-PDF/source-search )
  • DG BUDGET, 2015, EU budget at Glance. European Union, Brussels.(free on: https://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/7472f901-0de2-4eee-bfa6-4373571146e1/language-en/format-PDF/source-39420457 )
  • OECD, 2017, Development Co‑operation Report 2016. The Sustainable Development Goals as Business Opportunities, OECD, Paris - http://www.oecd.org/dac/development-co-operation-report-2016.htm

  • + SLIDE in AMS Campus


Instructions for non-attending students (non frequentanti): Non attending students are required to study the core texts above.

Instructions for SPOSI students: to improve basic knowledge on Geography of Development reading one of the following book before is very recommended:

Potter, R., Binns, T., Elliott, J. A., Nel, E., Smith, D. W., 2018,. Geographies of Development. An introduction to development studies. Routledge, London

Grandi S., 2018, Sviluppo, geografia e cooperazione internazionale. La Mandragora, Imola.

Metodi didattici

Lectures are composed of classical/seminaries supported by PC-based presentations, case studies, maps and videos. Moreover, tutorial, simulations and working group sessions are going to be performed in the second part of the laboratory.

Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

Students who attend lectures (frequentanti) can participate to the psartial test (prova parziale) on 29th of October 2018, 9:30 am (30 minutes) composed of closed and short open questions + prepare a group project work with a presentation/essay to be done and discussed in the final days of lectures. Project work titles will be announced as of the reach of the 6th lecture. 

Students who do not attend lectures (non frequentanti), or who do succeed on the partial test, or do not prepare the above mentioned essay and presentation, will take a single written test in a regular exam session (prova totale). This written test is composed of questions with closed answer or short open answers + a case study.

In special cases, an essay (tesina) can be agreed with the lecturer.

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

Pc, videos, slides, maps.


Link ad altre eventuali informazioni


Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Silvia Grandi