- 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):
- Identify and understand the locations of elements and natural, and human phenomena;
- Understand the geographical dimensions and the interconnections of different phenomena, as well as natural and human processes;
- Develop, discuss and apply the fundamental concepts of geography and use geographical terminology appropriately;
- Combine the spatial and temporal dimensions – dynamic – interpretation of phenomena, and natural and human processes;
- Understand the articulation of different geographical scales in the interpretation of phenomena and natural and human processes;
- Identify and interpret the broad lines of unity and diversity, as well as the most relevant dynamics of change in the global space;
- To understand the functioning of the Earth’s system and its subsystems;
- Define and interpret the territorial processes and dynamics from the perspective of spatial planning;
- Evaluate different representations of geographical space;
- Identify and understand resources and natural hazards from different spatial scales;
- Mobilise knowledge from other disciplines in order to develop integrated spatial perspectives;
- Identify and interpret the overarching lines of national and European public policies affecting territories.
B- In relation to knowledge (instrumental knowledge):
- Adapt methods and techniques to different perspectives and geographical problems;
- Collect, process and critically present, graphically and via cartography, territorially-based systematic information;
- Master fieldwork methods and techniques;
- Use Geographic Information Systems;
- Perform diagnosis on the status of territories;
- Participate in strategy development, and spatial development intervention and planning at different geographical scales;
- Use methods and techniques suitable for reporting results.