Dynamics of Rural Areas


a) To understand the concept of rural area;
b) To justify the diversity of disciplinary approaches in the study of the complexity of the rural areas;
c) To reflect about the importance of different perspectives for the protection of the intrinsic values of the rural areas;
d) To assimilate the basic knowledge about the Common Agricultural Policy and to articulate it with the real situation in Portugal;
e) To discuss the validity of alternative agricultural modes of production;
f) To recognize strategies to create dynamics in the rural areas;
g) To evaluate critically different representations of space;
h) To analyze the meaning of spatial relations between the city and the countryside;
i) To develop technical reports based on a holistic approach of the rural areas;
j) To show capacity to analyze and summarize when applying the acquired knowledge.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Isabel Costa Febrero de Queiroz


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language





Cejudo, Eugenio, e Francisco Navarro, eds. 2020. Neoendogenous Development in European Rural Areas: Results and Lessons. Springer Geography. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Gergel, Sarah E., e Monica G. Turner, eds. 2002. Learning Landscape Ecology: A Practical Guide to Concepts and Techniques. New York, NY: Springer New

Keller, Margit, ed. 2017. Routledge Handbook on Consumption. London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Moreira, Francisco, et al. 2016. «Contrasting Static versus Dynamic-Based Typologies of Land Cover Patterns in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area: Towards a Better Understanding of Peri-Urban Areas». Applied Geography 75 (Outubro): 49–59.

Tappeiner, Ulrike, et al. 2021. «How to Consider History in Landscape Ecology: Patterns, Processes, and Pathways». Landscape Ecology 36 (8): 2317–28.

Woods, Michael. 2010. Rural. New York: Routledge.

Teaching method

Expositive and participative teaching; discussion of case-studies; field work.

Evaluation method

Evaluation Method - Oral presentation with powerpoint (20 minutes) followed by public debate(10%), Test of all the program(60%), individual or group essay (until 3 students), based on literature and documental information, resulting from autonomous research, eventually field work (25%). Those who attended more than 60% of the practical classes will get a bonus of 5% in the practical work(30%)

Subject matter

1) Definition of concepts of rural areas and global landscape
2) Multifunctionality of rural areas
3) Edapho-climatic hindrances and potentialities : soils and land use capacity; agricultural production and climate
4) Agriculture and changes in land use: environmental and landscape impacts
5) Agriculture and technological evolution: from green revolution to biotechnological revolution
6) The Common Agricultural policy and the modernization of the agricultural sector: EMA (European Modell of Agriculture) and the Agro-Environmental Measures
7) Environmental Ethics: introduction to alternative production systems (integrated pest management, organic farming, bio-dynamics and permaculture)
8) Development Policies for the rural world: instruments to boost the dynamics in the rural areas.


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