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Political Sociology

Code 13140
Year 2
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Sociology
Entry requirements N/A.
Mode of delivery Day-time, presential
Work placements Not applicable
Learning outcomes - To provide a theoretical-methodological framework that facilitates a sociological perception of the political phenomena; To analyze the characteristics and changes of the actual political phenomena; To promote a critical spirit and a break with common sense interpretations of politics
Students should be able to understand the structuration of power relations in contemporary societies;
- Students should be able to interpret political phenomena on a scientific and methodological basis;
- Students should be able to critically analyze the main theories and interpretation of the modern state and power relations;
- Students should be able to recognize and critically assess the main characteristics and changes in contemporary democratic systems in comparative perspective, and especially the Portuguese reality.
1. What is politics?
2. The multidisciplinarity of polical analysis
3. Power, authority and domination in sociological theory


1. The State and the Citizen
1. Theories of the State
2. Nation-state sovereignty and globalization


1. Introduction to the democratic process
2. The formation of the representation logics
3. Political formations - parties, groups and movements
4. The electoral process: theories and analysis of the Portuguese case
5. Partisan Democracy in Portugal
6. The ideological dimension of politics - left and right
7. Populism
Main Bibliography HELD, David e POLLIT, C. (Eds.), New Forms of Democracy, Sage Pub., Londres
TANSEY, Stephen D. (1995), Politics, the basics, Routledge, Londres
FREIRE, André (2001), Mudança Eleitoral em Portugal, clivagens, economia e voto em Eleições Legislativas (1983-1999), Oeiras: Celta
DUVERGER, Maurice, (1980) Os Partidos Políticos, Zahar Ed., Rio de Janeiro
FREIRE, André e LOPES, F. Farelo (2002), Partidos Políticos e Sistemas Eleitorais, Oeiras: Celta
FREIRE, André, LOBO. Marina C. e MAGALHÃES, Pedro (2004) (org.), Portugal a Votos, Lisboa: ICS
HALL, John A. e IKENBERRY, G. John (1990), O Estado, Ed. Estampa, Lisboa
KIRBY, Mark (1995), Investigating Political Sociology, Harper Collins Publ., Londres
LIPSET, Seymour M. (1992), Consenso e Conflito, Ed. Gradiva, Lisboa
MOUFFE, Chantal (1996), O Regresso do Político, Ed. Gradiva, Lisboa
PIRES, F. Videira (1977), Sociologia Política, Lello & Irmão Editores, Porto
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-06-21

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