Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Physical Structure of the Mediterranean

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This unit is an analysis of the physical structure of the Mediterranean basin and the eco-geographical processes which shape its climate, vegetation, land, and seas. The course commences with a discussion of the role of Plate Tectonics and sedimentation in shaping the Mediterranean basin. The focus, then shifts to landscape evolution, vegetation structure, and issues related to slope processes. The human impact on this region is also addressed, at this stage, since human occupation has had such a profound effect on the environment of this particular region. The course concludes with a discussion of the unique properties of the Mediterranean marine environment.

Study-unit Aims:

This course is meant to provide students with a physical geography framework of the Mediterranean which should foster a deeper understanding of the way that this has conditioned human activities in the region. Students will get to appreciate that topography, climate, vegetation, soils, and marine processes interact to produce a unique region which shares many similar characteristics. At the same time they can also recognise several spatial gradients which produce sub-regional variations.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
By the end of this course, participating students would be able to identify the main geo-environmental processes that shape the Mediterranean landscape and analyze the linkages between such processes and human activities.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
1. Identify key elements in the Mediterranean landscape
2. Describe the main geographic processes that shape such elements
3. Demonstrate how such elements have conditioned, and continue to shape human activity within the region.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Allen, H. D, (2001) Mediterranean Ecogeography, Pearson Education, Essex UK. – main text for this course.
Grove, A.T., Rackham, O., (2001) The Nature of Mediterranean Europe; an ecological history, Yale Univ. Press, New Haven.
Woodward J. (2009) The Physical Geography of the Mediterranean, Oxford Regional Environments series. OUP. Oxford.
Thornes J. B. And Wainwright J. (2003) Environmental Issues in the Mediterranean (Routledge Studies in Physical Geography and Environment) Routledge. UK.
King, R., De Mas, P., and Mansvelt Beck, J., (eds.) (2001) Geography, Environment and Development in the Mediterranean, Sussex Academic Press, Brighton U.K.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Fieldwork SEM2 No 30%
Multiple Choice Questions Examination (1 Hour) SEM2 Yes 70%

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