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Social Movements and Activism

Code 13178
Year 3
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Sociology
Entry requirements Nihil
Learning outcomes The aim of the course is to provide a comprehensive understanding of social movements, exploring their origins, dynamics, impact and current challenges. Students will be able to critically analyse various social movements, understanding their historical context, motivations, strategies, achievements and limitations.
Syllabus Module I - Democracy, citizenship and participation
1. Democracy and who threatens it
2. Citizenship, freedom and participation
3. Portugal and the quality of its democracy

Module II - Social Movements
1. Definition and historical theories of social movements
2. The New Social Movements
3. Social movements in Portugal: engagement and participation

Module III - Activism and civil society
1. Activism: definition and historicity
2. Civil society in Portugal

Module IV - Volunteering
1. Volunteering: definition and practice
2. Volunteering profiles and motivations in Portugal
3. Types of volunteers and their economic impact in Portugal
Main Bibliography Bergfeld, Mark (2013), The shape of social movements and activism today. Presentation at Essex Radical Conference 2013 nov 14.
Eder, Klauss (2015), "Social Movements in a Social Theory". The Oxford Handbook of Social Movements.
Gohn, Maria da Glória (2011), “Sociologia dos movimentos sociais: um balanço das teorias clássicas e contemporâneas”, Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 36(72), pp. 199-227.
Nunes, Cristina (2014), “O conceito de movimento social em debate: dos anos 60 até à atualidade”, Sociologia, Problemas e Práticas, nº 75, pp. 131-147.
Tarrow, Sidney (2005), The New Transnational Activism. Part Five: Transnational Impacts at Home and Abroad, pp.183-201. Cambridge
Touraine, Alain (1996), O que é a democracia?, Lisboa, Instituto Piaget.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Classes will be taught in two distinct stages:
a) theoretical description of the concepts through a lecture on the contents and interaction with the students through opinionated debates on phenomena they have observed in the local, national and international reality;
b) practical participation on a previously chosen topic related to the themes discussed theoretically, with written reflective criticism.
Students will also develop group work on a general theme with an introduction and development that require reading the bibliography and a conclusion that demonstrates the reflective and opinionated process on the theme developed, exposing their critical competences on scientific texts and those related to presentation to other students.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2024-01-19

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