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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 reflective knowledge about the meaning and influence of Portuguese expansion in the world. - Re-examine "myths" linked to Portuguese expansionism. Having an overview of the world before the 15th century expansion. - Expose, in a contextual and comparative perspective, the general frameworks of Portuguese expansion in the 15th and 16th centuries. - Know the life of some of the main builders of the Empire. - Understand the process of formation of the Empire. - Clarify the place that the Portuguese Maritime Empire occupies among the Empires. - Capture the nature of contacts established between peoples and civilizations. - Explain the spread of the Portuguese language. - Clarify the relationship between literature and the Empire. - Find out how the reception of Portuguese expansion took place in Europe. - Boost academic debate. - Mastering operating concepts and sharpening cognitive skills. - Encourage autonomous learning strategies. - Produce scientific texts.
Syllabus Introduction: Scrutinizing the Reach of Portuguese Expansion in the World.
1. Myths of Yesterday and Today.
2.A View of the World Before the Fifteenth-Century Expansion.
3. Conditions and Reasons for Portuguese Expansion.
4. Policies, Ideologies, Directions and Rhythms of the Portuguese Expansion (15th and 16th centuries).
5. Empire Builders Biographies.
6. The Portuguese Maritime Empire Among the Empires. The Overseas Administrative Organization. The Economic Organization of Empire.
7. A Brief Look at the Contact Between Peoples and Civilizations.
8. Language, Literature and Empire.
9. Reception of the Portuguese Expansion in Europe.

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 paper work (scientific article format) on one of the syllabus: 85%.
Presentation of the paper work: 10%.
Relevant participation during classes: 5%.
Possibility for the student to take the exam as long as he/she has obtained a minimum grade of 6 in teaching and learning, consisting of the exam in the rework of the written paper work.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-01-28

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