Rural and Urban Life

Academic year
Subject Area
Modern Era History
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
2nd Cycle Studies - Mestrado

Recommended Prerequisites

Basic skills in English or French as well as in Spanish.

Teaching Methods

The class is structured in a seminar format. Each class is three hours long. The study of issues is linked to the research of documentary sources. The literature review and presentation of topics, guided by the professor seeks the participation of students in all seminar sessions, preparation of a research paper and presentation of a final report.

Learning Outcomes

Acquisition of knowledge and skills that enable a deeper understanding of and the ability to conduct studies and research in the field of Social and Cultural History. Mastery of theoretical concepts and development of skills in planning, operationalization of acquired knowledge, resolution of specific issues and making judgments in situations of complex information. Students will be encouraged to carry out applied research to the field of modern history, assuming the responsibility for the promotion of knowledge, teaching and communication of the historical legacy as an act of cultural and social responsibility.

Work Placement(s)



1 Communal Life in the Rural Area and in the City Families: marriage, sexuality, stages of life and death: norms, attitudes, values and differentiated behaviors. Male and female monastic communities Female gatherings: internment and seclusion
2- Current Life in the Rural Area and in the City Home, nutrition and work Health, illness and hygiene Poverty and assistance Religious minorities and confessional surveillance Transgression and violence: crimes and punishments
3 Representations of Urban Life Intimate space, memorial writings and romance The art of living well: civility, etiquette and principles of sumptuous consumption Clothing and fashion: gender distinctions Meetings, lounges, shows, games and parties The portrayal of everyday life in painting, theater and tiles The emergence of the public sphere: Police and Urban life.

Head Lecturer(s)

Maria Luísa Pires do Rio Carmo Trindade

Assessment Methods

Report of a seminar or field trip: 30.0%
Other: 30.0%
Synthesis work: 40.0%


ARAÚJO, A. C. (1997). A Morte em Lisboa. Atitudes e representações: 1700-1830, Lisboa: Ed. Notícias
CASTELO-BRANCO, F. (1990). Lisboa Seiscentista, Lisboa: Liv. Horizonte,
FERNANDES, M. L. C. (1995). Espelhos, cartas e guias: casamento e espiritualidade na Península Ibérica 1450-1700, Porto: ICL
LOPES, M. A. (2000). Pobreza, Assistência e Controlo Social em Coimbra (1750-1850), Viseu: Palimage
LOPES, M. A. (1989). Mulheres, espaço e sociabilidades. A transformação dos papéis femininos em Portugal, à luz de fontes literárias (2ª metade do sec. XVIII), Lisboa: Livros Horizonte
MADUREIRA, N. L. (1992). Cidade: espaço e quotidiano (Lisboa, 1740-1830) Lisboa: Livros Horizonte
MATOSO, J. (dir.) (2010). História da Vida Privada em Portugal. Idade Moderna (coord. MONTEIRO, N. G.), Lisboa:Temas e Debates/Círculo de Leitores,
OLIVEIRA, A. (1971). A vida económica e social de Coimbra de 1537 a 1640, Coimbra: Universidade de Coimbra.