Contemporary Portuguese Society (Thematic Workshop I)

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Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
1st Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

Introduction to Sociology , Modernity and Social Institutions , History of the Contemporary World.

Teaching Methods

Students participate in classes with the review of the daily press (Press Centre). Also make an oral presentation of reports appropriate to the objectives of uc. Must make written briefs and oral reports of invited guests, (3 workshops), as well as excerpts from movies or DVDs about contemporary Portugal. Should develop reading papers of texts presented in class. Finally, organize a portfolio about contemporary issues, including aspects of personal involvement with the community (associations, voluntary, self-help and entrepreneurship).

Learning Outcomes

Overall Objectives

- Study of the sociopolitical structure and changes in Portugal over the twentieth century


Specific Objectives

- Analysis of the structure of Portuguese society (the late modernization)

- Processes of decomposition socio-professional (New State after the war; deruralization country )

- Processes and social, political and cultural changes in Portugal (migration, decolonization, democracy)

- National identity and European integration

- The current crisis in everyday life (families, employment, rights, social struggle)


Generic skills

- Understanding and analysis of the major processes of change in Portugal

- Formulate investigative hypotheses about the contemporary reality

- Drilling of critical thinking in everyday reading


Specific Skills

- To produce bibliographic selection of Portuguese society

- To review and discuss journalistic information about Portuguese society

- To produce reports about specific national domains

Work Placement(s)



  1. Introduction to the contemporary Portuguese society study

Workshop 1: Contemporary Portugal: The crisis and the challenges for sociological analysis

  2. Portugal: society (yet) semiperipheral?

  3. Opportunities and constraints in the formation of modern Portuguese society

  4. National identity: historical and modern

Workshop 2: Contemporary Portugal: The new scenario municipal

  5. State, politics and society: from the New State to the democratic state

  6. Portuguese society: Processes of social reconfiguration

  7. The late modernization and production of welfare

  8. Migration dynamics and new ethnicities

  9. Contemporary Portugal: Dependency and Hardship

Workshop 3: Contemporary Portugal: Losers of modernization

10. Other forms of social organization: Community, Welfare Society and Third Sector in Portugal

Head Lecturer(s)

Carlos André Brito Correia

Assessment Methods

Continuous Assessment
2 tests 20% + attendance at classes 10% + reading paper 20% + media observatory 10% + comment about each workshop or reading paper about a book 15% + elaboration in group of a thematic portfolio 25%: 100.0%

Final Assessment
Exam: 100.0%


ESTANQUE, E. – A classe média : ascensão e declínio. [BP 316.4 EST]
EXCLUSÃO social : factores e tipos de pobreza em Portugal. J. Ferreira de Almeida [et al.]. [BP 304 EXC]
FORTUNA, C. - O fio da meada. [BP 325 FOR]
GERAÇÕES e valores na sociedade portuguesa contemporânea. Org. José Machado Pais. [BP 316.6 GER]
GIL, J. – Portugal, hoje : o medo de existir. [BP 141 GIL]
HISTÓRIA da vida privada em Portugal. Coord. Ana Nunes de Almeida. [BP 39 SLE]
PAIS, J. Machado – Sexualidade e afetos juvenis. Lisboa : ICS-Imprensa de Ciências Sociais, 2012. [BP 316.6 PAI]
PEREIRA, P.Trigo – Portugal : dívida pública e défice democrático. [BP 336.12 PER]
PRECÁRIOS em Portugal : entre a fábrica e o call center. [BP 331.5 PRE]
ROSA, M. J. Valente – O envelhecimento da sociedade portuguesa.
SANTOS, B. S.– Portugal : ensaio contra a autoflagelação. [BP 32 SAN]