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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
- the learning of the basic tools (theoretical and methodological) addressed to the analysis of territorial dynamics in the Mediterranean area. This area will be considered as one of the privileged cultural contexts concerning the linguistic students specialization, and focal area of contemporary issues.
At the end of the course the student will posses:
- advanced knowledge of the geographical, cultural and social contexts of the Mediterranean area
- the geographical lexicon applied to the Mediterranean area

Applying knowledge and understanding
The skills to be developed concern:
- geographic « trans-scale » analysis
- the ability to adapt knowledge to interpret the complexity of the main issues (space, socio-economics, culture and geopolitics) of the Mediterranean area.

Making judgements
At the end of the course the student will know how to:
- practice geographic knowledge to critically place linguistic and cultural products in an interdisciplinary way within the various cultural areas of reference of the Mediterranean world
- formulate an original research in geographical and territorial academic discipline, identifying subjects to be surveyed critically,
- analyze and interpret what is produced in that regard by existing literature.
- focus, analyze and interpret - also independently - the existing literature, in Italian and in the foreign language, on specific topics relating to the Mediterranean area.

Communication skills
At the end of the course the student will know how to:
- present critically, in written and oral form, data, scientific papers and articles that address topics and issues related to the file of studies, particularly to the file of mediation and cultural cooperation.
- Explain clearly their knowledge and research in relation to the interlocutors (specialists and non-specialists)
- debate some objectives of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development

Learning skills
At the end of the course the student will know how to:
- Practice bibliographic and multimedia and web tools, in both Italian and foreign language, to update their knowledge and skills
- enhance the transdisciplinary dimension of geography trough comparison with other disciplines
- apply the acquired knowledge to understanding the geo-political dynamics of the present world.
- debate some objectives of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development


The student must be able to identify geographical ad territorial issues. The student must as well be able to frame the relationship between society, culture and territory in the transformation of the current globalized world, and know how to situate social, political and cultural phenomena in the territory. It is suitable that the student has already passed a Geography Examination. Sufficient familiarity with the use of maps, cartograms, statistical data, computer and Internet is also required.


At first, and through a summary of modern and contemporary main geographical theories, the teaching unit deals with the processes of territorialisation and representation (including mapping) (4 hours of lectures). The main topics covered by the course of geography of the Mediterranean will be as follows:
- The invention of the Mediterranean. From colonialism to the "political project" of the Mediterranean. In this part we will analyse the ideological assumptions of the identification of the Mediterranean as "geographical object"; we will analyse in particular the portrait of the geographer Elisée Reclus and the cornerstones of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation (6 hours of lectures);
- The geographic reality (physical and human) of the Mediterranean: the limits of the Mediterranean region, the countries that make up the Mediterranean environments, macro scales and local scales (4 hours of lectures);
- Cultures of diversity: society and ethno-linguistic and religious minorities, migrations and mobility in the Mediterranean (5 hours of lectures)
- The city in the Mediterranean between the myths and the urbanization process: deconstruction of the concept of "Mediterranean city", analysis of the main figures and reference paradigms, presenting some urban cases (5 hours of lectures).
- The Arab Spring in the Mediterranean World. The case of Tunisia and Tunis, will be focused through the analysis of webdocumentary Tunis down town. Geographies of public space after a Revolution ( (5 hours of lectures)

Teaching Methods

Lectures (26 h) usually presented through slides.
4 hours for exercises with the students on specific topics
Students are advised to use an atlas. Some insights will be conducted through multimedia and the Web

To meet specific educational needs related to the 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

For attending students the assessment includes:
- in the final part of the course, a short written essay (max 5 pp) presented orally with the help of a powerpoint, on a subject to be agreed with the teacher (up to 15/30)
- an oral interview at the end of the course (up to 15/30)
The final vote will be given by the average of the two marks

For non-attended students:
- oral exam
More precisely, for the oral interview, the award will concern:
- two thirds about the learning ability and critical interpretation of the main topics discussed in the course
- for a third, the ability to establish links between the various themes and the expressive mastery of the specific geographic language.
To achieve a 30/30 score and praise (for attending and non-attending students), the student must demonstrate that he has gained an excellent knowledge of all the topics dealt with during the course, possessing critical abilities and mastery of disciplinary language


Recommended bibliography
- Kayser Bernard,1996, Il Mediterraneo. Geografia della frattura, Jaka Books, Milano.
- Cattedra R., 2005, « L'invenzione del Mediterraneo. Territori e culture nelle reti di un mare alla ricerca di un progetto comune », in: U. Grimaldi et P. De Luca (eds), Mediterraneo: scuola e incontro tra culture, Cons. d'Europa/Min. Pubbl. Istruzione/Istit. Tiglher, Ercolano, 2005, pp. 62-93

- Cattedra R., 2010, « Le tre figure della città mediterranea », in L. Rossi, L. Cerreti (eds), Mediterranei, Reggio Emilia, Diabasis, pp. 173-203
- Cattedra R, 2016, La geografia che resta delle Primavere arabe, in Semestrale di Studi e ricerche geografiche, fasc. 1, genn,-giu. 2016, a cura di A. Turco: Intorno alla geografia politica: epistemologia, teoria, analisi empiriche, pp. 23-41, (

- Cattedra R. (2019). La Sardegna nel contesto del Mediterraneo. In: Corsale A. Sistu G.. (a cura di): Corsale A. Sistu G., Sardegna. Geografie di un'isola. p. 408-431, MIlano:Franco Angeli

Cap. 9 da Governa F., Memoli M., (a cura di), 2011, Geografie dell’urbano. Spazi, politiche, pratiche della città, Carocci, Roma

- webdoc Al centro di Tunisi. Geografie dello spazio pubblico dopo una rivoluzione:

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Other recommended bibliography
- some essays from: Limes. Rivista italiana di geopolitica, n. 6 2017, n. monografico “Mediterranei”

- Withol de Wenden C., 2016, Le nuove migrazioni. Luoghi, uomini, politiche, introduzione all'edizione italiana di A. Riggio e R.G. Maury, Patron, Bologna.

Some documents will be provided by the teacher during the course. There will be research on websites. It requires the use of a geographical atlas.

For Erasmus Students
- Giaccaria P., Paradiso M. (eds), Mediterranean Lexicon / Lessico Mediterraneo, Società Geografica Italiana /CNR/ EUPOLIS, Collana GeoItaly, Roma,

- Cattedra R. “Ten topics about Human Mediterranean’s Geographie(s)”, In: (a cura di): A. Corsale, M. Iorio, G. Sistu, Water Policies and Issues. An International Approach. Proceeding of the XIV Seminar on Geogrphy of Water « Environmental Conflicts and Sustainable Water Policies in the Mediterranean Region, pp. 18-29, Cagliari, Cuec Editrice, 2013

- Biancofiore A., Barniaudy C., Re-storying Mediterranean Worlds. New Narratives from Italian Cultures, to Global Citizenship, Blumsbury, New York, 2021

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Some documents will be provided by the teacher during the course. There will be research on websites. It requires the use of a geographical atlas

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