Bachelor's degree in Sociology

General Objectives of the Course

A Bachelor's in Sociology (1st Cycle) seeks to provide a solid training for the acquisition of theoretical and methodological tools as a basis for the practice of sociology, developing skills of sociological understanding ofcontemporary world and the use of sociological knowledge in contexts of professional practice as well as scientific research.
It also searchs to promote training strategies focused on learning and skills development, supported on active work methodologies and a close articulation between theory and practice, as well as a compromise between a broadband formation and a specialized training tailored to the needs and requirements of labor markets.
It also seeks to encourage the relation between the curriculum of the undergraduate program and advanced training programs ( 2nd and 3rd cycles ) as well as scientific research, in order to reach the necessities of deepening and renewal of scientific and specialist professional skills in the field of sociology. Curricular Structure: The Bachelor's in Sociology is a three-year course through which students get a basic twofold skill: on one hand, students get acquainted with the fundamentals of other social sciences besides sociology (30 ECTS) and, on the other hand, a solid awareness of both theoretical and methodological apparatuses of sociology (120 ECTS). The core of such basic formation is complemented by a group of 5 optional study units (30 ECTS) according to the student’s preference for one of the following two academic trajectories: (i) a course completion oriented towards areas complementary to sociology leading to a Major in Sociology with a Minor in either Economics, Management or International Relations; (ii) a broad multi-faced disciplinary formation in Sociology, supplemented with the study of specialized sociological domains or other social and human sciences.

Admission Requirements

One of the following subjects: Portuguese (18) or Geography (09) or History (11).

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Professional Goals

Bachelor's graduates in Sociology have qualifications for exercising multiple, different functions within the scope of public administration, companies, organizations 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. By so doing, it is envisaged to provide students with accurate tools to work at different institutional grounds, from local administration to NGOs, including the entrepreneurial domain and the state realm, both at the central and local level.
Other possible areas of employment for sociologists refer to technical assessor, namely in the areas of monitoring social impact of policies, inter-institutional negotiation, public relations, processes of quality control, marketing and designing and co-ordination of social animation projects.
Examples: social support services manager (IPSS's and other nonprofit organizations); education services manager; nonprofit organizations manager, including local development associations; human resources manager; sociologist, researcher, teacher, specialist of the central or local public administration; trainer (specialist in training and human resource development), producer and cultural mediator, technician on planning and social intervention, technician of the employment services; technician of human resources; technician intermediate level of social support, technician of data recording, processing and analyzing.

Mode of Study

Full- or part-time attendance, presence required in daytime schedule.

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Course Coordinator(s)

Carlos André Brito Correia

José Manuel Oliveira Mendes

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Carmen Isabel de Oliveira Amado Mendes

Recognition of Prior Learning

Previous training obtained in national or foreign higher education institutions is recognized.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

DL 74/2006, of 24 March, as amended by the DL 107/2008, of 25 June, by the DL 230/2009, of 14 September, and by the DL 115/2013, of 7 August. The Order 12472/2012, of 24 September, publishes the course's programme structure and study plan.

Graduation Requirements

Successfully complete 180 ECTS, distributed between 150 ECTS in compulsory units of study and 30 ECTS in optional units of study. The choice to hold the 30 optional ECTS in one of the scientific areas of the remaining FEUC´s 1st cycle of studies (Economics, Management and International Relations) allows to obtain a degree in Sociology with a minor in that scientific area.

Access to Further Studies

Bachelor's graduates in Sociology have competences for applying to a 2nd cycle studies.

Study Programme

Common core
Bachelor's degree in Sociology
Areas of expertise
Sociology with Minor

Academic year

Course Type
1st Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 9240

Qualification Awarded: Licenciado

Duration: 3 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 180.0


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 16-09-2019
End date: 21-12-2019
2nd Semester
Start date: 10-02-2020
End date: 30-05-2020


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2015-07-03 a 2021-07-02
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior