Historical geography

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-GGR/01
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course provides the broad outlines of historical geography and the tools necessary to understand the main aspects of global consciousness and its representations from antiquity to modernity.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course the student will have acquired the knowledge of the different conceptions of the world and its representations from antiquity to the present day. It will also be able to fix historical place names in their chronological and geographical contexts. The student will be able to use linguistic tools (language properties, correct specific lexicon) appropriately to express, in a clear and effective way, the disciplinary foundations inserted in the appropriate religious, economic and political contexts of the ages of reference: he will be able to read critically maps and works of geographical-historical character, and use the main tools, including digital tools, for the research and analysis of sources. These skills will be acquired through a direct and continuous meeting with the instructor in the classroom. The discussion around the proposed sources will be an essential moment of critical reflection and methodological learning. Students opting not to attend the lessons will be able to make use of the educational tools provided by the instructor on Ariel, deepen their knowledge of main topics through special readings with the agreement with the instructor, and contact the instructor during office hours.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Lectures will be delivered remotely, principally in synchronous format, via Microsoft Teams.
On the course page on Ariel, studentes will be able to find all the information on the lectures and any changes to the programme and its related documents (as link suggested and bibliography) in case of lockdown.
In case it proves impossible to hold the exam face to face, the exam will take place remotely, in ways which will be communicated on the course page on Ariel at the end of the course.
Course syllabus
Title of the course: Knowledge of the world, its representations from Antique times to the European renaissance
Part 1: Lands, seas and depictions of the world from antiquity to the European Renaissance
Part 2: The use and depictions of territory in modern and contemporary age
Part 3: Renaissance itineraries discovering the New World
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific requirements different from those requested for the degree admission.
Teaching methods
Attendance to classes is strongly recommended although not mandatory. The teaching is delivered through frontal lectures aimed primarily at the acquisition of knowledge, competence and specific language of the subject. Discussion with the teacher in the classroom is integrant part of the didactic method and aims at promoting a critical attitude and the capacity to apply the acquired competence and knowledge.
The teaching is also based on didactic and multimedia material provided on Ariel.
Teaching Resources
Attending students:
- Programme for 6 cfu:
1) Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (parts 1 and 2).
2) Knowledge of the textbook: Jerry Brotton, La storia del mondo in dodici mappe, Feltrinelli, Milano, 2014.
3) Knowledge of the following essay of Cornelio Desimoni, available free of charge at https://archive.org/details/cihm_16960/page/n7/mode/2up: Intorno a Giovanni Caboto, genovese, scopritore del Labrador e di alter regioni dell'alta America settentrionale, Genova, 1881, Società ligure di storia patria,

- Programme for 9 cfu:
1) Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (parts 1, 2 and 3).
2) Knowledge of the textbook: Jerry Brotton, La storia del mondo in dodici mappe, Feltrinelli, Milano, 2014.
3) Knowledge of the following essay of Cornelio Desimoni, available free of charge at https://archive.org/details/cihm_16960/page/n7/mode/2up: Intorno a Giovanni Caboto, genovese, scopritore del Labrador e di altre regioni dell'alta America settentrionale, Genova, 1881, Società ligure di storia patria.
4) Knowledge of the Giulio Busi's essay, Cristoforo Colombo, Il marinaio dei segreti, Mondadori, Milano, 2020.

Non-attending students:
- Programme for 6 cfu:
1) Knowledge of the textbook: Jerry Brotton, La storia del mondo in dodici mappe, Feltrinelli, Milano, 2014.
2) Knowledge of the following essay of Cornelio Desimoni, available free of charge at https://archive.org/details/cihm_16960/page/n7/mode/2up: Intorno a Giovanni Caboto, genovese, scopritore del Labrador e di altre regioni dell'alta America settentrionale, Genova, 1881, Società ligure di storia patria.
3) Knowledge of one of the below mentioned books.

a) Numa Broc, La geografia del Rinascimento. Cosmografi, cartografi, viaggiatori. 1420-1620, Panini, Modena, 2007.
b) Egidio Ivetic, Storia dell'Adriatico. Un mare e la sua civiltà, il Mulino, Bologna, 2019.

- Programme for 9 cfu:
1) Knowledge of the textbook: Jerry Brotton, La storia del mondo in dodici mappe, Feltrinelli, Milano, 2014.
2) Knowledge of the following essay of Cornelio Desimoni, available free of charge at https://archive.org/details/cihm_16960/page/n7/mode/2up: Intorno a Giovanni Caboto, genovese, scopritore del Labrador e di altre regioni dell'alta America settentrionale, Genova, 1881, Società ligure di storia patria.
3) Knowledge of the Giulio Busi's essay, Cristoforo Colombo. Il marinaio dei segreti, Mondadori, Milano, 2020.
4) Knowledge of one of the below mentioned books.
a) Numa Broc, La geografia del Rinascimento. Cosmografi, cartografi, viaggiatori. 1420-1620.
b) Egidio Ivetic, Storia dell'Adriatico. Un mare e la sua civiltà, il Mulino, Bologna, 2019.

International and Erasmus students are invited to promptly get in touch with the professor in order to arrange a reading plan (available in English) for exam preparation.
Assessment methods and Criteria
- Method: oral exam.
- Type of examination: oral interrogation.
- Evaluation criteria: capacity to demonstrate and elaborate knowledge; capacity for critical reflection on the completed work; quality of exposition, competence in the use of specialised lexicon, efficacy, clarity.
- Type of evaluation method: mark in 30s.
- Number and types of assessment that contribute to the final evaluation.
The format of the exam for students with disabilities should be arranged in advance with the professor, as well as the relevant office.
All variations to exam bibliography indicated above and eventual agreed programs have to be authorized by the professor during a meeting in student-dedicated hours. No email agreements are allowed.
Unita' didattica A
M-GGR/01 - GEOGRAPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
M-GGR/01 - GEOGRAPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
M-GGR/01 - GEOGRAPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Educational website(s)
Professor(s)
Reception:
During the whole pandemic period, office hours will be done through Skype (search for Prof. Antonio Violante). It is sufficient to place a call in following hours: Wednesday 15-16:30, Friday 14:30-16. Chat will not be considered.
Please notice: Friday 2nd October Prof. Violante won’t be holding office hours or his Friday lecture. At the Department, via Festa del perdono 7, 1st floor