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Geography - The Geography of Spain
University of Barcelona (UB)
Barcelona, Spain

Subject Area(s) Level(s) Instruction in Credits Contact Hours Prerequisites
Geography Intermediate and Advanced Spanish 1 20 Two to three semesters of college level Spanish is recommended

TERM 1 : Spain: the Territory and its People


To introduce students to Spain’s natural environment and its relationship with Spanish society and the country’s economy.


  • Geomorphology, economy and society
    • Genesis of the Iberian Peninsula
    • Large structural and topographical units
    • Relationship between physical factors and the human factor
  • Climate, economy and society
    • Temperatures, rainfall, prevailing winds
    • Climate diversity in the Iberian Peninsula
    • Relationship between climate factors and human activities

     Hydrography, economy and society

  • Rivers, lakes, lagoons and their relation to human activities

     Ecology, economy and society

  • Vegetation, fauna and global dynamics.


RABELLA, J.M., (1998), Atlas de España y Portugal, Barcelona, Península.
VIDAL, T., Apuntes policopiados.
VILÀ, J., (1980), La península ibérica, Barcelona, Ariel.


At the end of the term, a mid-year examination will be set based on the material presented in class.

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