General part: The Human Geography teaches students to appreciate the diversity of people, places, and cultures, and understand the role people play in shaping our world.
The goals of the course are to provide geographic context to global, regional, national and local issues and to teach students to think geographically and critically about these issues.
The course offers to the student a theoretical knowledge of the main spatial and geographical concepts to apply also in an interdisciplinary context, in order to acquire the critical analysis of the territorial phenomena and the socio-demographic and cultural dynamics that contribute to the organization and management of the geographical space at the different scales, in a global contest.
At the end of the course, students will be able to know and interpret the study of the waste in general and marine waste in particular with insights on the beach litter and plastic pollution.
Society’s adoption of plastics as a substitute for traditional materials has expanded almost exponentially since the 1950s, when large-scale plastic production began. Durability is a common feature of most plastics, and it is this property, combined with an inability to manage end-of-life plastic effectively that has resulted in marine plastics and microplastics becoming a global problem. As for many pollutants, plastic waste is a trans-boundary, complex, social, economic and environmental problem with few easy solutions.
It is only in the past decade that the scale and importance of the problem has received due attention.
The aims of this course will underline: the state of our knowledge on sources, fate and effects of marine plastics and microplastics, approaches and potential solutions to address this multifaceted problem.