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Master degree in Sociology

Faculty of Economics

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Academic year

2017-2018

DGES Code

9333

Course Type

2nd Cycle Studies - Continuity Master Programme

Qualification Awarded

Mestre

Duration

2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits

120.0

Category

Continuity second cycle

Course Coordinator(s)

Paulo Jorge Marques Peixoto (pp@fe.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Carmen Isabel de Oliveira Amado Mendes (carmen.mendes@fe.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
Objectives: The Master's in Sociology provides access to specialized sociology knowledge and to up-to-date theoretical and methodological tools in Sociology and other scientific interdisciplinary fields.

Besides providing training in such domains as advanced sociological theories and research methodologies, the Master's programme promotes an update in several contemporary relevant themes, such as the following: State and social politics; cities and urban cultures; territory and local authorities; political sociology; labour and employment sociology; social and gender inequalities; epistemology; social movements and trade unionism; international migrations; science and technology; sociology of law. The programme is also organized in a close relation with the professional world, by expanding competences and knowledge in very important domains for the Portuguese society, where future generations of sociologists may play an important role.

The Master's programme has the following goals:

- To train specialized scientific research competences in Sociology and in articulation with other social and human sciences.

- To develop qualifications and excellence skills for critical assessment, analysis, diagnostics and intervention at several professional levels where Sociology is present today.

- To contribute do disseminate the Portuguese social sciencesscientific knowledge, in a field which is definitely decisive for understanding ongoing social changes in the current national and global context.

Curricular Structure: The Master's programme lasts 2 years and is organized into 4 semesters. There are two branches: a scientific branch leading to writing a Master's dissertation, and a vocational specialization branch leading to an internship and the corresponding report. The first year is structured into 3 mandatory units of study (22.5 ECTS) and 5 optional units of study (37.5 ECTS) In the 2nd year, curricular activities are structured according to the branch: to support the dissertation work (2 seminars corresponding to 12.5 ECTS); or to support the vocational internship (1 seminar corresponding to 5 ECTS).
Mode of Study
Teaching sessions will take place on Friday and Saturday.
Access to Further Studies
Master's graduates in Sociology have increased competences for applying to a PhD programme.
Admission Requirements

As defined in Article 42 of the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra: a) Holders of a Bachelor degree or legal equivalent; b) Holders of a foreign higher education degree awarded after a first study cycle organized according to the principles of the Bologna Process by an acceding State; c) Holders of a foreign higher education degree recognized as complying with the objectives of the Bachelor degree by the Scientific Council responsible for the Master's study cycle; d) In justified cases, applicants showing a scientific and professional curriculum relevant for attending the current study cycle may access the Master's study cycles upon recognition by the Scientific Council responsible for the Master's study cycle.

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

Recognition of Prior Learning
Previous training obtained in national or foreign higher education institutions can be recognized.
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 No. 2330/2008 of 24 January publishes the course's programme structure and study plan.
Professional Goals
Master's graduates in Sociology have advanced qualifications for exercising multiple, different functions within the scope of public administration, companies, associations and non-governmental organizations in fields related to social politics, including local politics, social inequalities, justice, social integration, heritage management, teaching and school administration, employment, health and culture.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' competencies and knowledge, their critical sense, ability to recognize and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently registered for under the terms of number 6 of article 4 of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Policy. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever assessment includes more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according to a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.
Graduation Requirements



The Master's degree requires the successful completion of all units of study in the study plan, as well as the successful defence of a dissertation or internship report, totalling 120 ECTS. Successful completion of the first two semesters’ units of study, corresponding to 60 ECTS, will award a postgraduate studies diploma.

Study Programme
Paths
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
Calendar
1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2017
End date: 21-12-2017
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2018
End date: 30-05-2018
Accreditations
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
Período(s)
  • 2015-04-03 a 2021-07-02
R/A-Ef 1617/2011 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
Período(s)
  • 2011-03-18