Social Affairs and Economic Activities

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

Recommended Prerequisites

Not applicable.

Teaching Methods

The Seminar will operate on a continuous assessment basis: presentation of content, clarification of doubts and guidance of tasks by teachers; presentation and debate of comments and assignments by students.

Learning Outcomes

The aim is to deepen the knowledge on the themes in question, both in Portugal from the 19th to the 21st centuries, and at European and world scale. It seeks to analyse different readings suggested by researchers in history and other social sciences. Attention is focused on the study of verifiable interactions between political-administrative institutions, “civil society” organizations and individuals. The history of the sub-continental integration process polarized by the OECE/Marshall Plan, EEC, EFTA and EU is also considered.

It will be possible to acquire data collection and processing skills, elaboration and evaluation of scientific speeches to characterize the aspects involved in the Portuguese reality throughout the 19th to the 21st centuries; integration of the Portuguese reality in the European and world contexts; analysis of the sub-continal integration process polarised by the OECE/Marshall Plan, EEC, EFTA and EU.

Work Placement(s)



1. Society, economy, worldviews and ideologies in the contemporary age

2. Social structures, "civil society" organizations and institutions

3. Companies, sectors of activity and business cycles

4. Portugal, Europe and capitalist globalization

5. The European integration process and international organizations

6. Other sub-continental integration processes

7. Economic integration, in the Communist Bloc, during the "Cold War"

8. Continuities and transformations in the Post-"Cold War"

9. From the "Crisis of the 1970s" to the "Crisis of 2008"

10. Portugal, the EU and the future of social relations/economic activities.

Head Lecturer(s)

João Paulo Cabral de Almeida Avelãs Nunes

Assessment Methods

Synthesis work: 20.0%
Research work: 80.0%


Cardoso, J. (2001). História do pensamento económico português. Livros Horizonte.

Galbraith, J. (1995). Viagem através da economia do nosso século. Círculo de Leitores.

Judt, T. (2007). Pós-guerra. História da Europa desde 1945. Edições 70.

Lains, P. & Silva, Á. F. da (Eds.) (2005). História económica de Portugal (1700-2000). Instituto de Ciências Sociais.

Neal, L. & Cameron, R. (2019). História Económica do Mundo. Escolar Editora.

Nunes, J. P. A. (2010) O Estado Novo e o volfrâmio (1933-1947). Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra.

Pinto, A. C. & Teixeira, N. S. (2005). A Europa do Sul e a construção da União Europeia. Instituto de Ciências Sociais.

Sen, A. (2007). Identidade e violência (trad. do inglês). Edições Tinta-da-China.

Silva, A. M. da (2010). História da unificação europeia. Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra.

Valério, N. & Nunes, A. B. (1997). História económica mundial contemporânea. Editorial Presença.

Wallerstein, I. (1974-1989). The modern world system. Academic Press.