Human Geography of Portugal

Objectives

a) Understand the national territory: population and activities;
b) Analyze the territory in an integrated framework linking the geographical and social issues;
c) Understand the different processes of regional development in Portugal;
d) Identify and analyze the main structuring factors of the Portuguese territory;
e) Interpret landscapes;
f) Develop the ability to investigate and present spatial information at different scales;
g) Communicate results of the undertaken research through written and oral communication;
h) Critically evaluate the role of key actors and factors responsible for organizing the national territory.

General characterization

Code

01100747

Credits

6.0

Responsible teacher

Maria Dulce de Oliveira Pimentel Antunes

Hours

Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language

Portuguese

Prerequisites

Not applicable

Bibliography

Barreto, A. (org.) (1996). A situação social em Portugal (1960-95). Lisboa: ICS.
Brito, R. S. (coord.) (2005). Atlas de Portugal. Lisboa: Instituto Geográfico Português/MCOTA.
Mateus, A. (coord.) (2015). Três décadas de Portugal europeu. Balanço e perspectivas. Lisboa: FFMS.
Medeiros, C.A. (2000). Geografia de Portugal: Ambiente Natural e Ocupação Humana - Uma Introdução. Lisboa: Editorial Estampa
Medeiros, C.A. (dir.) (2005). Geografia de Portugal, vol. 2, 3 e 4. Lisboa: Círculo de Leitores.
Ribeiro, O., Lautensach, H. & Daveau, S. (1987 e 1991). Geografia de Portugal (volumes III e IV). Lisboa: Edições João Sá da Costa.

Teaching method

Lectures and participatory classes.
Writing a critical review on one of the selected texts.
The group assignment is developed in the practical classes, with a final presentation and discussion.

Evaluation method

Critical review (5% of the final grade); Group assignment report and presentation (30% of the final grade)(35%), Participation and attendance (60% minimum of attendance)(5%), Written test(60%)

Subject matter

1. Portugal: origins and territorial individuality.
2. Portuguese administrative division and regional planning.
3. Population and settlement: dynamics, structures and key factors; migratory movements; from the rural-urban dichotomy to new forms of settlement.
4. Economic activities: agricultural activities, industry and services.
5. Cities and urban development: the example of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area.
6. Portugal in Europe and in the World: EU integration; the Portuguese in the world.

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