Profile of the programme
This course will provide a broadband formation, with the following aims:
- Provide a cut with common sense perceptions, stimulate critical thinking and the development of a sociological perspective;
- Develop skills in literature research and in the conduction of the scientific research processes;
- Develop critical skills in the interpretation of the diverse sociological theories and of their relationship with processes of social change;
- Provide technical and methodological tools that allow a scientific approach to social phenomena;
- Provide knowledge and skills to facilitate job performance and investigational in the field of sociology in public, private or voluntary
- To prepare students with knowledge and transferable skills, a logical reflexivity of knowledge
- Contribute to the student's personal and social development.
Key learning outcomes
At the end of the course students should be able to:
- Recognize and critically interpret the various sociological theories as well as its applicability in the interpretation of concrete social phenomena;
- Develop authonomy in their own learning throughout life;
- Apply appropriate methods and research techniques in the analysis and interpretation of specific social phenomena;
- Communicate and transmit the knowledge obtained for specialized and/or non-specialized audiences;
- Critically evaluate arguments and decisions in the light of theoretical and methodological knowledge obtained during the course;
- Reveal interpersonal relationship skills, especially in teamwork;
- Reveal skills to formulate a theoretical and methodologically coherent research;
- Demonstrate skills to disclose and transpose to publications the results of the researches;
- Demonstrate critical awareness that provide a more enlightened social and political participation;
- Structure and organize research analysis and synthesis;
- Understand and demonstrate the link between micro and macro aspects, avoiding dualisms or determinisms;
- Understand and demonstrate the relationship between theory and practice;
- Recognize the multidimensionality of social phenomena and the importance of interdisciplinarity;
- Compare and critically discuss the different theoretical explanations for a particular social phenomenon;
- Reveal an innovative behavior in the interpretation of social phenomena and intervention in concrete social situations;
- Demonstrated ability to act in unpredictable situations, revealing capabilities to anticipate change;
- Develope argumentation skills in order to adequately expose ideas and arguments;
- Manifest a critical thinking, reflexive and analytical;
Occupational profiles of graduates
The career opportunities for students are diverse and cover a wide range of possibilities, namely:
- Companies and organizations: training, organization of teams and their dynamics, human resources management, market research, implementation and management of quality systems, strategic planning, implementation and management of internal and external processes of communication;
- National and regional public administration: advice on the implementation of social policies and monitoring of strategies for social inclusion, fighting poverty and social exclusion in organizations where social policies are put into practice, such as hospitals, health care centers, schools, universities, job centers, among others
- Local authorities and local / regional development: supporting the implementation of locally based social policies in areas such as social work, urban planning, cultural programs, civil protection, as well as the promotion of participation and communication between the municipality and the citizens. Integrating teams to promote local / regional development, assessing strengths and limitations, both in local authorities and/or in local/regional development associations;
- Culture and heritage - integrating teams to promote the local or regional cultural heritage, survey of local or regional tourism potential and implementation of outreach strategies and internal and external communications to promote it
- Third Sector - integrating teams in institutions of social solidarity (Non profit organizations, NGOs, etc.) in the areas such as child support, disability, youth or old age support;
- Teaching and research: teaching and training, participation in research projects, field work, opinion polls and market surveys, production and analysis of statistical data, literature review; professional training of research teams.
Library: students have at their disposal the Central Library and the Library of the Social and Human Sciences Unit, and a European Documentation Centre.
Online Resources available: Databases (soc_index and b-on); electronic magazines, namely of Oxford University Press, Elsevier, Taylor & Francis, Springer, ISI Proceedings, ABI/INFORM, PROQUEST, which can also be found in paper; links for several investigation areas; other electronic resources, such as newsletters and the bibliographic bulletin.
Computer Science Centres: the unit that hosts the course has a computer science laboratory, classrooms and other spaces equipped with terminals and PC’s with internal lam connection and connected to the web network. All the university poles have wireless network.
e-Conteúdos: UBI has a digital platform, Moodle, providing online interaction (teachers-students and students-students) containing didactic materials to support CU’s, discussion forums and other activities.