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Human Geography

Code: MEG008     Acronym: GH

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Geography

Instance: 2016/2017 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Geography
Course/CS Responsible: Teaching Geography in the 3rd cycle of Basic Education and in Secondary Education

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MEG 10 MEG - Study Plan 1 - 6 52 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Fátima Loureiro de Matos

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 3,00
Tutorial Supervision: 1,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 3,00
Elsa Maria Teixeira Pacheco 1,50
Fátima Loureiro de Matos 1,50
Tutorial Supervision Totals 1 1,00
Fátima Loureiro de Matos 0,50
Elsa Maria Teixeira Pacheco 0,50

Teaching language



Appropriate use of terms and concepts; Contextualization of reference information on the corresponding principles and theories; Selection of the most appropriate scale of analysis to a given situation; Comparison of processes, mechanisms, outcomes and solutions in changing situations; Searching relevant and updated information in several appropriate and reliable sources; Expressing oneself in the mother tongue, orally and in writing, with accuracy, precision and fluency, while being transparent as sender and attentive and flexible as receiver; Proper and reflexive implementation of approaches to the knowledge in Human Geography, incorporating the essence of life-long learning; Express sensitivity regarding Human Geography  issues while engaging in assignments to be carried out.

Learning outcomes and competences

The curricular unit deals with the contents that better allow discuss major topics of human geography. Are dealt with theoretical and practical content that address the issues of human geography, as well as a temporal perspective processing capacity and adequacy of human geography to the comprehension of the major problems of today's world both the global and national or local scales. Although the extension and diversity of the thematic, had been chosen adequate examples to a clear understanding of the importance of compelling topics in Human Geography.

Working method



  1. Human Geography: concepts and definitions

  2. Study domains in Human Geography

  3. Population: evolution and distribution

  4. The city and urban network

  5. Cultural identity and diversity

  6. The economic activities

Mandatory literature

Bradford, M. G.; Geografia humana. ISBN: 972-662-048-1
Ribeiro, Orlando, 1911-1997; Iniciação em geografia humana
Medeiros, Carlos Alberto; Introdução à geografia de Portugal
Medeiros, Carlos Alberto (dir); Geografia de Portugal, Circulo dos Leitores, 2005
Cresswell, Tim; Geographic Thought : A Critical Introduction, John Wiley and Sons Ltd , 2013. ISBN: 9781405169394
Boyle, Mark; Human Geography : A Concise Introduction, John Wiley & Sons Inc, 2014. ISBN: 9781118451502

Complementary Bibliography

Paul Cloke , Philip Crang , Mark Goodwin; Introducing Human Geographies, Taylor & Francis Ltd , 2013. ISBN: 9781444135350
Neil Brenner , Peter Marcuse , Margit Mayer (ed.) ; Cities for People, Not for Profit: Critical Urban Theory and the Right to the City, Taylor & Francis Ltd, 2011. ISBN: 9780415601788
Daniel, Peters et al; An Introduction to Human Geography : Issues for the 21st Century, Pearson Education Limited, 2012. ISBN: 9780273740704
Newbold, K. Bruce ; 15% off Population Geography : Tools and Issues, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2013. ISBN: 9781442220997

Comments from the literature

Other resources for  teaching Human Geography for future geography teachers:

AP Human Geography : Resources from NG Education to support teachers and learners of the Advanced Placement Human Geography course : http://education.nationalgeographic.org/ap-human-geography/

National Council for Geographic Education: http://www.ncge.org/new-about-us

Population Education: https://populationeducation.org/


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Teaching methods and learning activities

Lessons with exposition; participation of the students and document analysis. Distributed evaluation constituted by discussion and reflection (50%) and the study of subject with field work (25%) and a practical work (25%).
Exposure classes aim to present the theoretical contents that are essential to understanding the issues of human geography; the evolution of the state of art and the articulation between different sub-domains of human geography, that allow to promote a broad and deep theoretical debate. The participation of students should help to identify and feed the debate of key issues of human geography development as it relates with the today problems. It also aims to enhance the acquisition of knowledge through practical work requiring coordination between the theoretical framework and the concrete reality of territory. Examples which illustrate the themes developed during the lessons will be processed, thereby increasing responsibility and involvement of students in the learning process in the spirit of 'Bologna'.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 50,00
Trabalho de campo 25,00
Trabalho escrito 25,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de relatório/dissertação/tese 15,00
Estudo autónomo 58,00
Frequência das aulas 39,00
Trabalho de investigação 50,00
Total: 162,00

Calculation formula of final grade

research and analysis (50%) +  field work  (25%) + written work (25%)
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