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Introduction to Portuguese Society

Code 13348
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Sociology
Entry requirements Not applicable
Learning outcomes - For Portuguese students of Sociology the curricular unit will help them to develop an outside
look at Portuguese society and culture; to enlarge their intercultural view; to discuss Portuguese
society in internacional academic environments.
- To introduce Erasmus students to fundamental topics of Portuguese society and culture; to
experiment an intercultural environment with Portuguese students
Syllabus Introduction to the course
Portuguese official and unofficial national symbols
Portuguese history, the “Discoveries” and its critiques
Portuguese modern and contemporary history
Territory, local and global
Demographic changes in the XX century and beyond
Family, daily life and values
Traditions and rituals
Education in Portugal
Judicial, health and welfare systems
Music, literature, and arts
Other topics chosen by the group
Main Bibliography Barros, S., & Albert, I. (2020). “I feel more Luxembourgish, but Portuguese too” cultural
identities in a multicultural society. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 54(1), 72-
Disney, A. R., (2009), A History of Portugal and the Portuguese Empire: From Beginnings to
1807, Cambridge University Press
Ferrera, M., (2005), Welfare State Reform in Southern Europe: Fighting Poverty and Social
Exclusion in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece, Routledge
Garcia, Jos et al., (Eds.) (2017), Media and the Portuguese Empire, Palgrave
Gouveia, R. (2014). Personal networks in Portuguese society: A configurational and lifecourse
Kennedy, Hugh (1996), Muslim Spain and Portugal: A Political History of al-Andalus, Routledge
Hespanha, P., Ferreira, C., & Portugal, S. (2018). The welfare society and the welfare state: the
Portuguese experience. In European citizenship and social excl
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2023-06-22

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