22910150 - Sociology of environment and territory

The teaching introduces to the study of the environment and the territory from a sociological point of view, pursuing the following objectives: to provide the basic knowledge on the multiple causes of the greenhouse effect and the hyper-exploitation of the environment; to make it possible to analyze the dimensions, causes and effects of the ecological deficit in the world, linking it to the sociological theme of inequality; equip the student with basic skills and abilities to apply in the studies.
Knowledge and understanding:Knowledge of the theoretical principles of sociology of the environment and sustainable development in its various implications and in the various fields of application. Ability to express oneself with language and terms proper to the discipline. Understanding of the interconnections that structure the man-environment-society relationship in the various macro-systemic contexts: social, economic, cultural.
Applied knowledge and understanding: Ability to apply the knowledge acquired in interventions (projects, research, studies) territorial partners. Ability to collect and analyze data for the acquisition of basic functional elements of integrated socio-territorial planning. Ability to choose and develop adequate indicators and descriptors for the study of socio-environmental processes and for the design of actions and plans for sustainable development.
Making judgments: Ability to critically read manual and specialized texts concerning the discipline. Ability to analyze social and economic ties to the environmental theme. Ability to identify the appropriate study and research methodologies in relation to the different contexts of application. Ability to critically read the results of studies, research and projects.
Communication skills: Acquisition of the specific terminology of the discipline. Ability to clearly express, even to a non-specialized public, environmental issues in the global socio-economic context. Ability to highlight and communicate the importance of maintaining complex natural balances for improving the quality of life.
Learning skills:Understanding of the "primary levers" of learning processes. Understanding the importance of observation in the field and the direct experience of the processes in the study. Motivation and preparation for further specialization and master courses aimed at deepening the knowledge of the discipline.

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the relationship between global inequalities and the environmental crisis, energy policies, bio-economic theories, the ecological footprint

Core Documentation

E. Lombardo, Potere e natura, Armando 2012.
E. Lombardo, Africa. (Neo)colonialismo, ambiente e migrazioni, Meltemi, 2020.

Reference Bibliography

Pellizzoni, Osti, Sociologia dell'ambiente, il Mulino

Type of delivery of the course

oral lessons



Type of evaluation

oral exam