Objectives

  • To understand today’s world, increasingly interdependent and fragmented due to the specific characteristics of places and regions, and to the inequalities that draw people and territories apart.
  • Acquire knowledge of physical environments and their worrying levels of fragility whose complex interactions require rigorous analysis and effective management methods.
  • Develop methods and techniques required for rigorous selection and interpretation in order to respect of the various sources of information pertinent to different levels and scales of analysis.
  • Acquire knowledge on structure, organisation and management of information in order to identify problems of a spatial nature and contribute to its solution.

Skills to be acquired in order to obtain the degree

A. In relation to knowledge (substantive knowledge):

  1. Identify and understand the locations of elements and natural, and human phenomena;
  2. Understand the geographical dimensions and the interconnections of different phenomena, as well as natural and human processes;
  3. Develop, discuss and apply the fundamental concepts of geography and use geographical terminology appropriately;
  4. Combine the spatial and temporal dimensions – dynamic – interpretation of phenomena, and natural and human processes;
  5. Understand the articulation of different geographical scales in the interpretation of phenomena and natural and human processes;
  6. Identify and interpret the broad lines of unity and diversity, as well as the most relevant dynamics of change in the global space;
  7. To understand the functioning of the Earth’s system and its subsystems;
  8. Define and interpret the territorial processes and dynamics from the perspective of spatial planning;
  9. Evaluate different representations of geographical space;
  10. Identify and understand resources and natural hazards from different spatial scales;
  11. Mobilise knowledge from other disciplines in order to develop integrated spatial perspectives;
  12. Identify and interpret the overarching lines of national and European public policies affecting territories.

 

B- In relation to knowledge (instrumental knowledge):

  1. Adapt methods and techniques to different perspectives and geographical problems;
  2. Collect, process and critically present, graphically and via cartography, territorially-based systematic information;
  3.  Master fieldwork methods and techniques;
  4. Use Geographic Information Systems;
  5. Perform diagnosis on the status of territories;
  6. Participate in strategy development, and spatial development intervention and planning at different geographical scales;
  7. Use methods and techniques suitable for reporting results.