General regional geography knowledge; word & excell
The course of aims at providing students with theoretical, methodological and practical skills that may be applied in the university career and in the professional life in the fields of urban and regional planning, local economic development, firms location and geomarketing, and in the statistical and spatial analysis of geographic information.
This course examines the ways that existing and emerging information technologies are helping to transform places and the way in which the world interacts. It covers the intertwining of society and technology and how different cultures produce distinct technologies and use similar technologies in unique ways. In addition the course will introduce the spatial implications of information technologies and contemporary debates on digital divides, surveillance and privacy, proximity and distance, democracy, and relationships between virtual, real-world and hybridized communities
The course is structured in three parts. The first addresses the role of communication and ITC technologies in development and innovation processes, the network model will used (nodes, links, hierarchy); the second part will be devoted to crowdsourced information and to social media; the third to case studies in the field of citizen science.
Reading material will be published on line by the teacher.
Graham, M. (2008). Warped geographies of development: The Internet and theories of economic development. Geography compass, 2(3), 771-789.
Castells, M. (2000). The rise of the fourth world. The Global Transformations Reader, Blackwell: London.chapt.32
Frontal lectures, seminars, field work, cartography laboratoratory
Written intermedite and final test, essay
The course aim at a participatory approach
Suggested pre-course reading:
Castells, M. (2011). The rise of the network society: The information age: Economy, society, and culture (Vol. 1). John Wiley & Sons.