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Course Title: “Quality of life: traditional and innovative issues ”
Dates: 05/03/2007-26/03/2007
Professor: Giampaolo Nuvolati (University of Milano Biccocca, Italy)

Course Summary:
The course will be aimed to illustrate the origins and the development of the studies on quality of life starting from the “Movement of the social indicators” in the USA in the ’60 and considering the main theoretical frames useful to investigate living condition. Several authors (Maslow, Inglehart, Allardt, Zapf, Sen) will be also analysed: in order to define the concepts of needs, values and quality of life and their combination. Also the relationship between quality of life and information society will be considered. In its second step, the course will focus on the of quality of life in the cities and in particular on the relationship between resources, functionigs, capabilities and public policies in large and medium sized cities. A specific case will be analysed in the third lecture concerning quality of life in Italy. In the final guest lecture theoretical foundations for community quality of life indicators will be illustrated in order to define different patterns for developing quality of life at local level.

Objectives:
The course is aimed to improve:
a)
an extensive understanding of the theoretical features of Quality of Life;
b) the ability to define and operationalize the concept of Quality of life;
c) the capacity to use the proper indicators of Quality of Life, according to both the traditional and to recent theoretical approaches;
d) the ability to work with data in order to test hypothesis on Quality of Life;
e) the capacity to analyse social changes and, in particular, the evolution of Quality of Life during time;
f ) a deep understanding of  theoretical and empirical features of “Community Quality of Life”.

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Date

Professor

Title of the Lecture

Abstract & Readings

1

05/03/2007

G. Nuvolati

(University of Milan Bicocca, Italy)

The concept of quality of life

Abstract:

The lesson is oriented to illustrate the main coordinates to look at in order to define and to operationalize the concept of the quality of life. The paper in particular reviews the literature on quality of life indicators, and argues that traditional measures of the quality of life need to be supplemented with new dimensions that reflect more recent postmodernist thinking about the composition of urban landscapes, and the contribution to the quality of life of the emerging information society.

 

Readings:

Craglia M., 2004, L. Leontidou, G. Nuvolati e J. Schweikart, “Towards the development of quality of life indicators in the 'digital' city”, Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, volume 31(1) January, pp. 51 - 64.

2

12/03/2007

G. Nuvolati

(University of Milan Bicocca, Italy)

 

Quality of life in the cities: from resources to functionings

Abstract:

Contemporary cities are characterized by deep transformations requiring new modes of interpretation and action. In order to define the quality of life, a specific trajectory to look at is to focus on the level of functionings and capabilities gained by different groups of population accessing urban services. The paper will stress the importance of eGovernance and of time policies as useful practices for the improvement of living conditions in the large as well as in small and medium sized cities. Data on the Italian case, related to digitalization of cities and time policies will be analyzed in order to test several hypotheses at territorial level.

 

Readings:

Nuvolati - Resident and Non resident Populations: Quality of life, Mobility and time policies - Journal of Regional Analysis & Policies, Vol. 33 No. 2, 2003".

3

19/03/2007

G. Nuvolati

(University of Milan Bicocca, Italy)

 

Quality of life in the cities: from resources to functionings

Abstract:

This lecture deals with  the analysis of the evolution of quality of life in Italy considering the size of the cities and the geo-economic division of the country. In particular, starting from the model of the Three Italies elaborated by Bagnasco in the seventies, it shows the linkages existing between different types of socioeconomic development and living conditions in the Italian regions. Ranks based on social indicators and survey data are presented in order to quantify and compare QoL during the last 12 years in the ex-industrial and metropolitan regions of the North-West, in the multi-cephalic urban system of the North-East-Centre as well as in the poor Meridione. New possible trends for quality of life evolution are also drafted.

Readings:

Giampaolo Nuvolati, 2003, “Socioeconomic Development and Quality of Life in Italy”, M. Joseph Sirgy, D. Rahtz and A.C. Samli (edts), Advances in Quality-of-Life Theory and Research, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 81-98.

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26/03/2007

J. Sirgy

(Virginia Tech

ISQOLS, Usa)

Theoretical foundations for community quality of life indicators

Abstract:

From concept to community indicators:

  • The concept of personal utility
  • The concept of opulence
  • The concept of the just society
  • The concept of the ideal community
  • The concept of satisfaction of human needs

Readings:
Joe Sirgy, 2004, “Theoretical foundations for community quality of life indicators”, paper presented The 6th Annual ISQOLS Conference, Advancing Quality of Life in a Turbulent World, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 10-14. 

 

 

 

 


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