Universitat Internacional de Catalunya


First semester
Main language of instruction: Catalan

Teaching staff

It is recommended to write and ask for an appointment to the teacher:afernandezm@uic.es

Monday 10:00 - 12:00

For other options, please contact us by mail.


A journalist can hardly explain anything without answering "Where?" and “Why here?”. Geography provides the spatial dimension to complex explanations of the world. Geography, like Journalism, is an invitation to know the world. But Geography has its own objects of study: to grasp the relationship between women and men and their immediate and remote physical environment and to discover the spatial distributions and configurations of physical and human phenomena. Geography also has its own working methods and language, cartography.

Numerous current global and local problems with very important media coverage have an eminently geographical or territorial component: the difficulty of access to decent housing, the unequal impact of Covid-19, the immigration of people due to territorial conflicts, the situations of famine, natural disasters and climate change, electronic commerce, the aging of the population ... Geography is therefore justified as a discipline that helps to understand the enormous complexity of these and other processes, while offering tools, maps, which are very attractive for their ability to synthesize reality.

Pre-course requirements

No previous requirements 


In an increasingly global context, it is necessary to have a precise knowledge of the spatial distribution of the world we live in. The objective of the subject "Geography" is to provide elements of analytical criticism that facilitate the understanding of complex phenomena and can be correctly located in space and time. Matter is not conceived simply as a sum of cold and abstract knowledge, but the relationship that exists between physical space and socio-political and economic organization will be studied.

The professional journalist needs keys to interpret many phenomena from geography, in order to analyze the causes and consequences of territorial processes of enormous importance for the future.

The course offers these keys to territorial understanding: where certain phenomena occur and why, while offering tools for the analysis of geographic information to enrich communication with graphic expression.


  • 02 CG - The ability to learn and act an autonomously and responsibly
  • 04 CG - The ability to organise time and workspace
  • 08 CG - The ability to reflect and memorize.
  • 10 CG - Knowledge and mastery of bibliographic repertoires
  • 11 CG - Knowledge and mastery of different research resources
  • 18 CE - Ability to detect newsworthy events
  • 34 CE - Knowledge and mastery of issues related to the physical, human and social geography of the human being
  • 42 CE - The ability to integrate the contributions of the environment

Learning outcomes

-I will have answered the question: "Who gives a damn about Geography?"

 -I will have enjoyed urban and natural landscapes much more, because I will have grasped the geographical dimension, an “augmented virtual reality” of the landscape

 -I will have I wondered insatiably "where" and "why here"?

 -I will have discovered with a “geographical acuteness” the geographical “enigma” that many journalistic research subjects (social, economic, political, cultural ...) hide

 -I will have enriched my journalistic work with the geographical dimension

 -I will have made my readers or listeners discover the importance of place, of diversity in nature and in society

 -I will have worked no longer with quantitative geographical data but also with qualitative ones, will have stepped on the ground and practiced the "geographical survey"

 -I will have experimented with data, methodologies and geographical tools

 -I will know how to apply geographical methods to solve problems in society that are sensitive to space and time


I. Some notions of geography and geopolitics.   1. The revenge of geography: changes in the map from the post-Cold War to the present day. 

2. The Eurasian map: the continental heartland.

3. The continental ring theory.

4. The maritime power.

II. Geopolitical keys and  factors to understand the world.

1.Natural resources and economic capacity.

2. Territory and population: The demographic question.

3.Military power: the reason of the force (Hard power).

4. Diplomacy and communication  (Soft power).

5. Knowledge and technology.

  1. Kaplan, Robert D. (2012).The revenge of Geography..
  2. Rubenstein James M. (2020). The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography, Pearson, 13a edició.
  3. Baños, Pedro. (2018). El dominio mundial. Elementos del poder y claves geopolíticas . Ariel

Teaching and learning activities

In person

Lectures. In lectures, lecturers/professors not only transmit content or knowledge, but also, and above all else, attitudes, motivation, skills and values, etc. They also ensure that participants can express their opinions and arguments to the other students. 1,8

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person


20% presentation of the book (group activity)
15% class exercises and participation during seminars
50% final group work
15% oral presentation of the final work


- Individual written work to be agreed with the teacher.


- It is necessary to attend 80% of the classes in order to be able to sit the first exam.
- The Faculty's regulations regarding spelling and plagiarism will be strictly observed.

  • 1 point less per spelling mistake (paper)
  • 0.5 per spelling mistake (exam)


Bibliography and resources



Kaplan, Robert D. (2012).La venganza de la geografía. RBA.

Baños, Pedro. (2018).El dominio mundial. Elementos del poder y claves geopolíticas.Ariel


Aguilera, María Joséet al.(2009).GeografíaGeneral I: Geografía Física. Madrid:UNED.

Aguilera, María Joséet al.(2010).Geografía General II: Geografía Humana. Madrid:UNED.

(2017).Geografía de los Paisajes Culturales. Madrid:UNED.

Fernández Fernández, Antonioet al.(2015).Iniciación a la Geografía La Tierra: unplaneta habitado. Editorial Universitaria.

Ramón ArecesMurphy, Alexander B. (2020).Geografía: ¿Por qué importa?Alianza Editorial.

Rubenstein, James M. (2018).The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to HumanGeography.Pearson, 13a edició.Zárate,

Zárate, Antonioet al.(2018). Fundamentos de Geografía Humana. UNE





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