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Planning of Rural and Mountain Areas

Code: 104263 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2503710 Geography, Environmental Management and Spatial Planning OT 4 0


Albert Pelachs Maņosa

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Have a good predisposition to walking, and above all enjoy it as a basis for getting to know a territory.

Be able to read with good reading comprehension and write fluently in Catalan and / or Spanish, clear grammatical constructions and without spelling mistakes.

Be able to understand a text in a foreign language (preferably English or French).

Objectives and Contextualisation

- Describe and interpret the main physical and socio-economic processes that occur in the mountain environment. Approach at planetary, regional and local scale, with special emphasis on examples of the latter scale of study.
											- Learn about the evolution of the Pyrenean landscape, as well as the keys to its transformation.
											- Identify and analyze the main natural risks that affect mountain areas.
											- Recognize the lifestyles of rural and mountain societies, as well as their main cultural and identity traits.
											- Carry out field work and acquire direct knowledge of the territory.
											- Explain territorial relations in an integrated way (general/specific; local/global; interrelationships with the environment; with the historical dimension; and with social, political, economic and cultural reality).
											- Show spatial understanding of historical, economic, cultural and social phenomena.
											- Acquire skills to work in a group with proper documentation management.
											- Use geographic information as an instrument for interpreting the territory.


  • Apply tools for the management of regions, the environment and urban policies in regional and environmental planning.
  • Generate innovative and competitive proposals in professional activity.
  • Introduce theoretical and applied aspects of the main regional, environmental and urban policies in professional practice.
  • Work cooperatively in multidisciplinary teams.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Generate innovative and competitive proposals in professional activity.
  2. Understand the specific instruments for regional management in mountain and coastal areas.
  3. Use methods and instruments for the integrated management of rural and coastal areas.
  4. Work cooperatively in multidisciplinary teams.


- Mountain concept
- The mountains of the world

- Origin and structure of the mountains
- External processes related to climate and gravity
- Environmental conditions of mountain areas: the adaptation of the vegetation to the mountain environment

- Socio-economic dynamics in the mountains
- The construction of the landscape on the mountain
- Sorting of mountain areas

- Natural hazards in the mountains: Type, distribution, frequency and degree of danger.
- Risk mitigation: Exposure and vulnerability.
- Studies of specific cases that have affected the population related to avalanches, floods, landslides, landslides and debris flows.

- Description and analysis of a case study related to the physical and human environment of mountain areas or their associated risks.

 In this subject, gender perspective will be taken into account in the following aspects:
- Not allowing a sexist use of language in the students’ oral and written contributions.
- Writing, in the references, the full names of authors, instead of only the initial.


The methodology of this subject is based on the deployment of content from a field trip, of a mandatory nature, lasting five full days and which will take place at the beginning of the course. Before leaving, you will need to read and understand a series of introductory texts, which will also be complemented by a preparatory class. At the beginning of the course, the teacher will explain the protocol of measures and good practices for field trips.
Subsequently, other training activities will be carried out that will consist of master classes (few), personalized tutorials, and independent work, such as; study of specialized texts, writing of a report on the trip, as well as a group project that will have to be presented orally.

Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Field trip 45 1.8 2, 1, 4, 3
Master class 15 0.6 2, 1, 4, 3
Type: Supervised      
Tutorials 15 0.6 2, 1, 4, 3
Type: Autonomous      
Preparation and presentation of works 45 1.8 2, 1, 4, 3
Study and personal work 15 0.6 2, 1, 4, 3


- The theoretical exam is individual.
- The practical exercises must be of a collective nature (maximum 3 people) and consist of the elaboration of a coursework related to one of the topics discussed during the field trip, a work that must be presented orally in the classroom.
- The work related to the field exit will also be of a collective nature and consists in drafting a report from the notes taken during the field trip.
- The presentations of the works and the theoretical examination will be carried out at the end of the course in one or more sessions (depending on the number of groups to be exhibited).
- The theoretical examination will only be possible to re-assessed.
- Students will obtain a Not assessed/Not submitted course grade unless they have submitted more than 1/3 of the assessment items.
- In the event of a student committing any irregularity that may lead to a significant variation in the grade awarded to an assessment activity, the student will be given a zero for this activity, regardless of any disciplinary process that may take place. In the event of several irregularities in assessment activities of the same subject, the student will be given a zero as the final grade for this subject.

Let's remember that a "copy" is considered a work that reproduces all or most of the work of one or more partners. "Plagiarism" is the fact of presenting all or part of an author's text as its own, without citing the
sources, whether in paper or in digital format.

See UAB documentation on "plagiarism" at: http://wuster.uab.es/web_argumenta_obert/unit_20/sot_2_01.html

- On carrying out each evaluation activity, lecturers will inform students (on Moodle) of the procedures to be followed for reviewing all grades awarded, and the date on which such a review will take place.
- The teaching methodology and the evaluation proposed in the guide may undergo some modification subject to the onsite teaching restrictionsimposed byhealth authorities. In the event that tests or exams cannot be taken onsite, they will be adapted to an online format
made available through the UAB’s virtual tools (originalweighting will be maintained). Homework, activities and class participation will be carried out through forums, wikis and/or discussion on Teams, etc. Lecturers will ensure that students are able to access these virtual tools, or will offer them feasible alternatives.

This subject/module does not incorporate single assessment.


Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Coursework 45% 8 0.32 2, 1, 4, 3
Report to the field work 20% 5.5 0.22 2, 1, 4, 3
Theoretical exam 35% 1.5 0.06 2, 3


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