Global Social Processes (Thematic Workshop III)

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1st Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

Introduction to Sociology, Classical Sociological Thought, Sociological Theories.  

Teaching Methods

The classes seek to involve students in regular and dynamics academic activities. For instance oral presentation of the texts that articulates with the objectives and the specific skills above. Students must also learn to make written and oral summaries of reports arising from four workshops of the semester. The same applies to excerpts of two films / documentaries that will be screened about specific global processes. It remains the preparation of reading papers about texts presented in class. 

Learning Outcomes

Overall Objectives: Introduction to sociological research on globalization. Students should acquire skills and analytical tools essential to the sociological understanding of global social processes.

Specific Objectives

- Perception of socio-genesis of globalization

- Understanding of the production and circulation of ideas

- Understanding of local-global confrontation

- Specific processes (heritage, tourism, consumption, and environment)

Generic skills

- About the “new" history of globalization

- About the scenarios and the globalization processes

- Formulate hypotheses about globalization in Portugal

- To exercise critical thinking about the effects of globalization

Specific Skills

- To produce bibliographic selection issue about globalization in Portugal

- To review and discuss journalistic information about globalization

- To produce reports about specific situations of local-global confrontation.

Work Placement(s)



1. Introduction

2. Globalization in time and space

The concepts and theories of the social sciences inherited from the nineteenth century and its limits in the XXI century

3. The processes of globalization

Economic globalization, neoliberalism and inequality

4. Cultural Dimensions of Globalization

The globalization of culture

5. Globalization, cities and mobilities. Migration, de-localization and de-territorialization,

Migration and community formation

6. Globalization, consumption and consumer society

Challenges of the new globalized capitalism

The consumer society and human rights

7. Globalization and the world heritage

Globalization, mobility and tourism

Global culture and the heritage preservation


1 Globalization of cotton: from luxury good to motor of industrialization

2 Globalization and urbanization of the world

3 Consumption , well-being and body aesthetics

4 City and globalized tourism. Local cultures and international tourism

Head Lecturer(s)

António Manuel Carvalho Casimiro Ferreira

Assessment Methods

Periodic or by final exam as given in the course information: 100.0%


Bauman, Z. 1999, Globalização: as consequências humanas. Rio de Janeiro: Jorge Zahar.

Boltanski, L. e Chiapello E. 2009, O novo espírito do capitalismo. S. Paulo, M. Fontes

Canclini, N. García, 2009, Diferentes, desiguais e desconectados. Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ

Choay, F. 2005, Património e Mundialização. Licorne/CHAIA

Costa, A. F. da 2012, “Desigualdades Globais”. In Sociologia, Problemas e Práticas, n.º 68.

Fortuna, C. 2002, Cultura, corpo e comércio. Lisboa: Observatório do Comércio.

Han, Byung-Chul 2014, A Sociedade da Transparência, Lisboa, Relógio d’Água

Harvey, D. 1992, Condição Pós-moderna. São Paulo, Ed. Loyola.

Ianni, O. 2011, A Sociologia e o Mundo Moderno. Rio de Janeiro, Civilização Brasileira.

Latouche, S. 2009, Pequeno Tratado de Decrescimento Sereno. S. Paulo, M. Fontes.

Petrella, R. 2002, O bem comum: Elogio da solidariedade. Porto, Campo das Letras.

Santos, B. Sousa, 2001, Globalização – Fatalidade ou Utopia?, Porto, Afrontamento.

Waters, M. 1999, Globalização. Oeiras, Celta.