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Degree in Geopgraphy and Territorial Management

The degree in Geography and Territorial Management is a new certification where there are joined different fields of knowledge in order to endow students with expertise and abilities to be successful on the achievement of being a geographer.

The degree in Geography and Territorial Management wants to train professionals to reply the social needs in any of the following areas:

  • Planification and Environmental Management: conduct and arrangement of places of natural interest, agendes 21 and environmental audits, analysis and adaptation to the climate change.
  • Planification and Environmental Management: spatial plans, urban plannings, mobility.
  • Socio-economic and territorial development: local and regional strategic planning, management of the local development...
  • Technologies of the Geographical Information: cartography, geographic information system (GIS), remote sensing.
  • Society of knowledge: dissemination of geographical knowledge in editorials or on the Internet, promotion of tourism products, secondary education.

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MODEL:

The degree is drawn in different teaching blocks which correspond to: 

  • Core subjects on social sciences (60 credits)
  • Technical and cross-knowledgeable subjects on tourism and geography (30 credits)
  • Nuclear geography (54 credits)
  • Techniques in geography (18 credits)
  • Management of the territory (18 credits)
  • Intensifiers (they compile a group of optional subjects which allow the generalization of thematic routes within the same discipline or related disciplines (30 credits)
  • Final degree paper (18 credits)
  • External practices (12 credits)

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STRUCTURE:

Subjects are divided into four years. In order to become a graduate student in geography and territorial management, you have to pass 240 credits which are organized in four years of 60 credits. Each year is articulated in 2 semesters of 30 credits each one. 

  • First year: there are studied core subjects on social sciences.
  • Second year: there are studied compulsory subjects of general or fundamental character. 
  • Third year: there are studied compulsory subjects of general or fundamental character.
  • Fourth year: there are studied optional subjects as well as the realization of the final degree paper and the external practices.

Core subjects are registered in the Social and Legal Sciences area. Thanks to them, the student will achieve cross knowledge that it will allow him/her to change degree within the same field with an automatic recognition of credits, as well as the chance of obtaining combined honors.

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INDICATIONS TO THE UNIVERSITY DEGREE:

Optional subjects give the degree-student the chance of taking two own itineraries of geography and territorial management or other two itineraries from related disciplines. These itineraries or intensifiers allow the student to obtain an Indicator to the University degree which will give additional knowledge or an specialization to the degree itself.

Intensifications

To achieve an intensification to the degree, there have to be taken 24 optional credits, from the 30 which have to be done in the teaching. The main contents of the own intensifications which can be applied for, are as follows:

Territorial Planning and Local Development

  • Planning and management of protected areas 
  • Planning and management of the landscape
  • Agendes 21
  • Strategic plans 
  • Mobility and transport
  • Programs and European projects 
  • Urban development planning
  • Developmental planning

Climate Change and Environment

  • Analytical climatology
  • Analysis of the variability and climate change
  • Impacts of the climate change 
  • Environment
  • Environmental Impact assessment
  • Risks analyses 
Minors

To obtain a minor, students have to complete the 30 optional credits offered. The two minors planned are as follows:

Minor in Geographical Tourism. Management of the Tourist destinations It consists of different subjects from the Tourism degree which allow the student to specialize in geography of tourism, and also to gain access to the qualifications of this degree taking just 120 credits more.
Minor in History and History of Art It consists of different subjects from the History and History of Arts degrees and it is hoped to guide the education of these students who want to dedicate their lives to secondary education within the social sciences field.

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DOUBLE CERTIFICATION:

Thanks to the studies on Geography and Territorial Management degree and the accomplishment of the Minor in Geographical Tourism. Management of the Tourist destinations; the student can access to the Tourism Degree taking just half of the credits (120), that is, two more years. It happens the same with students of Tourism degree who have accomplished the Minor in Geography.

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AIMS:

Geography is a territorial science, a naturalistic and environmental discipline, and essentially social at the same time, with a theoretical component and a practical or applied part too. Its methods help to define concepts of disciplines like architecture, law, economics, history, sociology or natural sciences in a spatial manner. Furthermore they strenghten the diagnosis and the interventionist proposals.

The main points of this university degree are as follows:

  • It aims to train for the application of theoretical, methodological and instrumental knowledge, for the integrated analysis and the interpretation of the processes and spatial problems, as well as for the creation of diagnoses and territorial proposals.
  • It aims to educate in order to interpret the diversity and complexity of the areas and the interrelations of the natural phenomena.
  • Ability to the updating and intervention in a territory and its management through plans, programs, evaluations and other documents intensifying the experimental and applied nature of the geographical training.
  • It aims to provide specific abilities related to knowledge of skills, particularly the ones referred to the obtaining, analysis, treatment and representation of the geographical and cartographic information, statistical analysis, as well as in the fieldwork.

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SPECIFIC COMPETENCES:

  • To know the legal, the political and the administrative of the profession of a geographer.
  • To know, understand and interpret the territory interrelating it with the physical, social and human environment.
  • To explain the great diversity of the territory in different levels and to understand their spatial relationships.
  • To explain the socio-territorial processes combining the temporal and spatial dimensions.
  • To use the geographical information to the description, analysis and interpretation of the territory.
  • To have a good command of planning, programing, projection, analysis and diagnostic tools of the territory.
  • To relate and synthesize cross-geographical information such as being able to comprehend the language of other disciplines to the territorial analysis and diagnosis.
  • To make fieldwork proposals, to know the territory directly and to analyze and interpret it.
  • To make proposals on territorial management and arrangement, location of services and activities at different scales.
  • To obtain, examine, express cartographically and to interpret territorial information.
  • To create, manage and keep databases of territorial nature and to make its geo-statistical treatment.
  • To expound and pass on geographical knowledge in an informative and/or scientific way using communication techniques. 
  • To generate sensitivity and interest in social, territorial and environmental problems.
  • To design and arrange projects within the sphere of a geographer.
  • To understand concepts and general knowledge within the area of social and legal sciences.
  • To apply techniques and basic methods within the area of social and legal sciences.

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ACCESS LINES:

In order to start the studies on the Degree in Geography and Territorial Management you must have passed the relevant entrance tests at university. They can be for people over 25 or for students who come from any of the high school lines.

Students who have obtained the Degree in Tourism they can access the Degree in Geography and Territorial Management and just taking half of the credits in case the optional subjects taken in Tourism belong with the Minor in Geography.

At the same time, it can be accessed the second year having taken the first year of any other degree of the Social and Legal Sciences area.

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