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Great Books

Code 12261
Year 2
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Letras
Mode of delivery Face-to-face
Work placements NA
Objectives and Learning outcomes of the Course Unit 1.- To instill the taste and to develop the capacity of analysis of great works of the universal culture, privileging the political vision contained in them. 2.- Elaborate a short essay, where, in addition to the theoretical-practical component, the necessary requirements for the correct accomplishment of an academic work are highlighted. 3.- Master and apply the main concepts related to the subject in question. 4.- To know some works of reference for the cultural formation of the reader in general and of Political Science and International Relations in particular. 5.- Become aware of the importance of plurilingual and intercultural competences. 6.- Stimulate autonomous learning strategies.
Course unit contents/Syllabus 1.- Definition of concepts: reader, reading, text, plurilingualism, pluriculturalism and intercultural formation. 2.- Analysis of some texts of authors consecrated worldwide, emphasizing the political vision contained in them and, naturally, not leaving aside the contextualization of both the author in his time and the work under analysis. Authors: Thomas More (1478-1535) - "Utopia"; William Shakespeare (1564-1616) - "King Lear"; Father António Vieira (1608-1697) - "Letters, Sermons", etc .; Karl Marx (1818-1883) and Friedrich Engels (1820-1895) "Manifesto of the Communist Party".
Recommended or required reading Shakespeare, William (1990). King Lear. London: Routledge in Abrams M. H. and Greenblatt, Stephen ed. (7th edition). (2000). The Norton Anthology of English Literature, vol. I. New York / London: Norton and Company [UBI-LL 2.5 206].
Marx, K. and Engels, F. (s.d.). Manifesto of the Communist Party, Collection of Political Texts, Translation Marxist Texts: Port: H.A. Carneiro. [item UBI- CA 1.0886].
More, Thomas (1989). Utopia, ed. George M. Longan and Robert M. Adams in Abrams M. H. and Greenblatt, Stephen ed. (7th edition). (2000). The Norton Anthology of English Literature, vol. I. New York / London: Norton and Company [UBI-LL 2.5 206].
Vieira, Father António (2013). Complete work of Father António Vieira [Volume I - vols. I (Diplomatic Letters) and V (Political Letters), Volume II - vol. XIII (Sermons of Political Incidence), Volume III - vol. I (History of the Future), Volume IV - vol. I (Political Writings)], directed by José Eduardo Franco and Pedro Calafate. Lisbon: Círculo de Leitores [quota UBI- CA 1.0 1133, 1134, 1135, etc.].
During the semester, specific bibliography will be provided for each of the programmatic contents.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods Teaching methods: bilingual classes (Portuguese and English according to the works under study) for exposition and application of contents; research work; written and oral reflections, based on texts provided or indicated by the teacher about the programmatic topics addressed; active participation in conducting the academic work to be carried out during the semester; delivery of the research work dedicated to one of the topics discussed in the classes.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2016-03-25

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