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First Semester 
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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)


Knowledge and understanding

The Teaching Unit will target:
- the learning of the basic tools (theoretical and methodological) of geographical studies, cartography and of geography linked to cultural heritage.
- provides a good understanding of social and cultural phenomena required to operate in the field of the topics proposed by the course of study
Applying knowledge and understanding.
The course aims to enable students:
- to accrue useful skills to move between the theoretical-practicall framework directly affected by the cultural, political and territorial phenomena.

Making judgements
- develop critical skills in relation to the great cultural and social phenomena of the contemporary age, also in relation to the legacies of the past;
- develop the ability to translate with independent judgment phenomena and manifestations of local, national and international communication, with particular regard to the debate on social, cultural and ethical issues, and more generally to heritage in the globalized world.
Communication skills.
At the end of the course the student will know how to:
- Explain clearly, with the help of multimedia tools, their own knowledge and research
- to argue the knowledge acquired in the field of Geography of Heritage in relation to the various interlocutors (specialists and non-specialists).

Learning skills:
- Develop skills in a field that links Heritage, culture and territory in order to allow the carryover of higher level studies (master)


Basic knowledge in historical, political and cultural fields. The student must be able to identify particularly geographical problems and as well be able to frame the relationship between society, culture and territory during the times and of the current globalized world.


I) Part One: Introduction and theoretical presentation of the Geography: Introduction to the concepts and methodological tools of the Geography (space, place, landscape, territory, population, environment, society and minorities, scales) and introduction to the Cartography, such structured:

1. Making geography: territorialization processes, tools, methods.
paradigms and objectives of geography in the contemporary world; space and territory; landscape and place, ethics and "commitment" of geographers;
2. Representations, cartographic construction of the world. elements of the history of cartographic thought (measurement and the geometrization of the world),
and thematic mapping.

3. Power, scales, society and lived spaces; population, cultures, ethnic groups, minorities, languages, religions, mobility; the State and the supra-national organizations, the EU, the region, Networks.

II) Part Two: The Urban Geography: City and Urban studies, urbanization, urban policy, urban culture and city heritage, public spaces, centrality and peripheries, the transformation of the contemporary city and the cultural heritage. A focus will be carried out on the city of Cagliari.

III) Part Tree: geography and cultural heritage
1. The geography in the processes of enhancement of the territory and heritage
2. UNESCO and the World Heritage Sites; intangible heritage
3. Telling the cultures of the territory (literature and multimedia methods)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Methods
Lectures (10 hours for each part of the course) presented with slides and multimedia tools. Lecturers require dynamic participation of students.

To meet specific educational needs related to the evolution of epidemiological situation, the possibility of live streaming lessons or recordings of the same available online is provided. Furthermore, the exercises can be carried out through forms of remote interaction with the available IT supports

Verification of learning

Verification of learning
The assessment of learning is based on a 120 minute written exam, with open response questions on the main topics dealt with in the three course parts.

In relation to the evolution of epidemiological situation, written tests can be replaced by different verification methods, such as individual or group work (term papers), oral interviews, remote written tests using computer aids (Teams, etc.), or completely eliminated in the case of intermediate checks.

The written exam (or the interview) aims to assess the capacity of learning and critical interpretation of the part I - methodology and the 2 thematic parts through main fields of applied geography.
The ability to establish connections between different subjects and mastery of expression of the specific geographic language will be an additional criterion of appreciation of the audit.

To achieve a score of 30/30 cum laude, the student must demonstrate that they have acquired an excellent knowledge of all topics covered during the course, to possess critical skills and full mastery of the expression of specific geographic language.


1- Frémont Armand, Vi piace la geografia ?, Carocci (coll. Ambiente e territorio), Roma, 2011 (Parts: The geographer's figures, lived spaces, social geography, power, the commitment of geographers)
2 - Turco A., Configurazioni della Territorialità, Angeli, Milano, 2010 (chap. 2, 8)
3 - Governa F., Memoli M., (des), 2011, Geografie dell'lurbano. Spazi, politiche, pratiche della città, Carocci, Roma (Introduzione, chap. 2, 5, 9).
4 - Cattedra R., Tanca M., Aru S., Troin Fl (eds). Cagliari. Visioni e geografie di una città, Franco Angeli, Roma, 2021
5- Spada A., 2007 (rist. 2013), Che cos'è una carta geografica, Carocci (Le bussole)
6 - Pettenati G., 2016, “Progetti di territorio. I paesaggi italiani nella World Heritage List dell’Unesco”, Rivista Geografica Italiana, vol. 123, 4, pp. 525-543

Multimedia tools and web sites
Docu Film Koyamiskatsi (Godfrey Reggio, 1983, musik: Philip Glass, Metro Goldwin Mayer, 1h,26’)
Part 1
Part 2

- (Tracce di cosmopolitismo intorno al Mediterraneo. Memorie, Migrazioni e attualità)

Other recommended bibliography
- Pettenati Giacomo, 2019, I paesaggi culturali Unesco in Italia, Franco Angeli, Milano (collana Nuove Geografie. Strumenti di lavoro) parti scelte

- G. Dematteis, La geografia dei beni culturali come sapere progettuale, in Rivista geografica italiana, n. 1057,1998, pp. 25-35

- Cattedra R., Tanca M, Ambizioni e strumentalizzazioni culturali come risposta alla crisi. Discorsi e metamorfosi urbane a Cagliari, in Documenti Geografici, n. 1, 2015 (scaricabile:

- Cattedra R. 2005, « Paesaggi urbani e pratiche territoriali tra eredità e innovazione », in : 1995, Cattedra R. & Memoli M. (eds), La città ineguale. Pratiche culturali e organizzazione della marginalità in Africa e America Latina, Milano, Unicopli, pp. 25-62.

More Information

More Information
Some documents like slides will be provided by the teacher. Searches on websites are provided. The use of an updated atlas is required.

Questionnaire and social

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