Postgraduation in Social Economy – Cooperativism, Mutualism and Solidarity

Faculty of Economics

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Academic year


Course Type

Non Degree Course

Qualification Awarded



1 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits


Course Coordinator(s)

Margarida Rosa Silva Baila Madeira Antunes (mantunes@fe.uc.pt)

Sílvia Maria Dias Ferreira (smdf@fe.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
The course aims a greater familiarity with the issues that the protagonists of social economy organisations experience in their daily activities so that they are helped in steering these organisations through the socio-economic conjunctures.
The Course is offered in the context of the Center of Cooperative and Social Economy Studies (CECES) that gathers lecturers of the different disciplinary areas at FEUC. CECES has been providing research and lifelong learning training to the actors involved or interested in the social economy. In the context of FEUC the Course fall under its offer of training not conferring academic degree potentiating the expert knowledge of the academic staff of Faculty and objectives of promotion of cooperation with national and international similar organisations and third sector organisations (Art. 2c and Art. 2f of the Statute of FEUC, published in Regulation n. 180/2009, DR, 2.nd series, 86, 05/05/2009).
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
Specific competencies: 1) understanding the meaning of social economy/third sector and other concepts from the perspective of law, management and of economic, social and political approaches on organisations and their environment; 2) mobilization of these concepts and practical examples to identify, analyse, act and communicate about the variety of organisations and practices, internal and external relations, within and outside specific sectors; 3) relate critically the theoretical and practical debates with the training and professional experience backgrounds; 4) communicate with other actors of the social economy and its environment; 5) interpret economic, political and organizational transformations.
Generic competencies: 1) understanding, decision making and problem solving capacities; 2) collect, select and mobilize relevant information; 3) oral and written communication sills and argumentation; 4) critical reflexive capacity and practical application of knowledge.
Mode of Study
Daytime regime / Face-to-face
Access to Further Studies
Holders of the Postgraduate in Social Economy have improved competencies for applying to a Master's or a PhD program.
Admission Requirements

Not defined.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Recognition of Prior Learning
There is no recognition of prior learning for effects of equivalence to the Course curricular units.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
Decree-Law No. 74/2006, of 24 March, as amended by the Decree-Law No. 107/2008, of 25 June, and by the Decree-Law No. 230/2009, of 14 September. The Order n.o 23936/2009of 30 of October publishes the course's program structure and study plan
Professional Goals
Through promoting the development of general and specific competences the Course contributes to the improvement of the employability of the actors involved direct or indirectly in the social economy in the branches of cooperativism, mutualism and solidarity. These may be board members or professionals of cooperatives, mutuals and associations as well as other social solidarity associations, activists of associations and other civic and solidarity activists, professionals of municipalities and of public services, professors, researchers and students. The Course also contributes to promoting the interest in new areas of research and professional investment and to the development of skills for social entrepreneurship projects.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
The provisions of the Coimbra University Academic Regulations are applied. Where appropriate, and with the necessary adaptations, the Teaching Activities Regulations and the General Rules for Assessments at Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra, are considered.
Graduation Requirements

Not defined.

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 10-09-2018
End date: 20-12-2018
2nd Semester
Start date: 04-02-2019
End date: 30-05-2019