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History of the Portuguese Expansion

Code 12324
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area História das Culturas
Entry requirements It doesn´t have.
Mode of delivery - Lessons of practical-theoretical nature. - Sessions of tutorial guidance.
Work placements - Not applicable.
Learning outcomes -Develop the reflexive knowledge about the meaning and the influence of Portuguese expansion in the world.
- Introduce the main frameworks of the Portuguese overseas expansion in the XV and XVI centuries.
- Provide an overview of the Empire building process (centuries XV-XVI).
- Distinguish the relevance of the question of the domain - in fact and in law – of the sea and of the specificity of the political and administrative architecture of an Ocean empire.
- Explain the diffusion of the Portuguese language.
- Clarify the relationship between the literature and the Empire.
- Point out the most relevant features of the structure of the Portuguese overseas culture.
- Promote an approach able to create a critical analysis on the History of Portugal issues related with the expansionist Portuguese process.
- Review "myths" with connection to the Portuguese expansionism.
- Pushing up the academic debate, the contact with different types of sources and the research of specialized bibliography on the adressed issues.
- Promote self-learning strategies.
- Produce scientific texts.
Syllabus 1. Searching the reach of the Portuguese Expansion in the World.
2. Yesterday and Today’s Myths: an overview.
3. Backgroundes: the Commercial Expansion.
4. Policies, Ideologies, Directions and Rhythms of the Portuguese Expansion – from the Conquest of Ceuta to the Imperial Project/Building of D. João II.
5. Growth and Evolution of the Portuguese Empire (1495-1580), with particular focuse on the joining of the Eastern Empire and the integration of Brazil.
6. The Language, the Literature and the Empire.
7. The Structure of the Portuguese Overseas Culture/Discoveries.
Main Bibliography BARRETO, Luís Filipe, Portugal: Pioneiro do Diálogo Norte/Sul. Para um Modelo da Cultura dos Descobrimentos Portugueses, Lisboa, INCM, 1988. BETHENCOURT, Francisco e CHAUDHURI, Kirti (dir.), História da Expansão Portuguesa, vol. I, A Formação do Império (1415-1570), Lisboa, Temas e Debates, 1998. BETHENCOURT, Francisco e CURTO, Diogo Ramada (dir.), A Expansão Marítima Portuguesa, (1400-1800), Lisboa, Edições 70, 2010. COSTA, João Paulo Oliveira e, Mare Nostrum, Lisboa, Temas e Debates – Círculo de Leitores, 2013. GODINHO, Vitorino Magalhães, Os Descobrimentos e a Economia Mundial, 4 vols., 2.ª ed., Lisboa, Editorial Presença, 1985-1991. LUÍS, Alexandre António da Costa, Na Rota do Império Português (da Formação da Nacionalidade ao Apogeu Imperial Manuelino), Coimbra, Tese de Doutoramento, FLUC, 2008. OLIVEIRA, Aurélio de e outros, História dos Descobrimentos e Expansão Portuguesa, Lisboa, Univ. Aberta, 1999. SANTOS, João Marinho dos, A Guerra e as Guerras na Expansão Portuguesa (Séculos XV e XVI), Lisboa, Grupo de Trabalho do Ministério da Educação para as Comemorações dos Descobrimentos Portugueses, 1998. THOMAZ, Luís Filipe F. R., De Ceuta a Timor, Linda-a-Velha, Difel, 1994.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Teaching methods: expositive and practical lessons; research papers; oral and written reflections starting from the texts provided or indicated by the teacher about the programmatic themes addressed.

Written work (scientific article format) on one of the syllabus contents: 80%. Oral presentation of the paper work: 10%. Relevant participation during class: 10%.
Possibility of the student to do the exam provided as long as he has obtained a minimum grade of 6 in teaching-learning, being the exam the re-writing of the written paper work.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2020-01-17

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