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Masters in Sociology

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Official Code: 9333
Acronym: MSOCI


  • Master of Arts in Sociology (120 ECTS credits)
  • Specialization in Sociology (60 ECTS credits)

Courses Units

Cultural Animation


In terms of objectives, to understand the centrality and conflict of the paradigms around which the proposals of cultural animation in contemporary societies are structured; to relate the emergence of such paradigms with broader historical and societal changes; to understand the role of culture and symbolic order in the training processes; to understand the relation between cultural animation and the new social movements. 

Inclusion, Sustainability and the Social Economy


(1) To understand the main theoretical and intervention paradigms of social inclusion and sustainability in the social and solidarity economy nowadays.

(2) Recognize and understand the modalities of sociological intervention towards social inclusion and territorial development based on the assumptions of environmental, economic and social sustainability, with particular emphasis on the consequences of advanced capitalism and globalization in the reconfiguration of social issues.

(3) Identify and analyze the most important theoretical, ideological and intervention implications of the new paradigms of social and solidarity economy, in addressing issues of inclusion and sustainability and bearing in mind the Portuguese social reality.

Research and Intervention Methodologies


Consolidate the previous knowledge in research methodologies and start training in methodologies of sociological intervention:
-strengthening the scientific preparation of theoretical and methodological assumptions underlying the research and sociological intervention;
-transposition of methodological knowledge already acquired and its deepening in applied research with objectives;
-operationalize the research and intervention strategies.


Questions in Contemporary Sociological Theory I


Knowledge of the main theoretical issues of sociological thought
Depth analysis of the new sociological theories about the contemporary
Understanding of the dynamics of globalization and recent theoretical proposals for its analysis
Apprehend the contemporary social inequalities
Knowledge about social values ​​and their transformations

Sociology of Health and Illness


The sociology of health and illness is a broad field examining the social production of health, wellness, illness and mortality. We cannot understand the topics of health and illness simply by looking at biological phenomena and medical knowledge, but, instead, we must also consider a variety of social, political, economic, and cultural forces in which health and illness are produced and understood.

We will survey the central topics in the field, with an emphasis on understanding the following themes: the structural and cultural dimensions of health; health inequalities; the profession of medicine; the experience of illness; and attempts to reform healthcare. Throughout the course, we will apply sociological theory and the recent scholarship of anthropology, history and social and cultural studies of science to make sense of contemporary issues in health, illness and medicine. The course focuses on the European context but we will try whenever possible to place issues in a global context and students are welcome to explore these topics in different geographic contexts.

Sociology of Aging



- Understand the diversity of approaches and methodologies applied to the study of the of ageing in contemporary societies;

- Studying the main dilemmas and challenges that ageing brings to society and family;
- Analyze the processes of social construction of ageing and the relationship between public policy and family sphere.

Advanced Data Analysis


The curricular unit (CU) is divided into two interdependent parts, with autonomous program content, working on their complementarities: in the advanced quantitative methods (point 1) the objective is to explore the procedures of multivariate statistical analysis in the scope of the production of sociological knowledge and the training for the critical evaluation of its potentialities and limitations; in advanced qualitative methods (point 2) we have as objective, besides the understanding of the theoretical-epistemological and methodological foundations of the qualitative research, the knowledge and respective operationalization of some procedures of collection, treatment and analysis of qualitative data. The complementarity present in the program contents of the CU culminates with a critical reflection (point 3) on the synergies between quantitative methods and qualitative methods.

Personnel Organisation and Management

• Know the assumptions and theoretical contents, deontological and methodological and research in the field of people management;
• Empower and professionally for scientific research and intervention approaches in the various fields of people management;
• Build capacity for intervention in the areas of people management techniques through the construction and use of the different operational instruments;
• Develop and improve critical capabilities and proposals on the management of people.

Questions in Contemporary Sociological Theory II

MSOCI012 - ECTS 1. Raise awareness on key theoretical and methodological issues of sociological thought.
2. Develop understanding of the logical structure and evolution of spaces of consumption.
3. Promoting the analysis of socio-cultural framework of the logical structure of emotions.

Portuguese Society - Social Structure and Restructuring



1. Knowledge of the origin and structure of the main processes of social (re)production in Portuguese contemporary society, taking as reference the political regimes structured in the country during the XX century and the logic of its configuration in our days;

2. Identification and comprehension of the differentiated processes of structuration of the social and institutional spaces in Portuguese social formation; 

3. Comparative knowledge of the main specificities of Portuguese social situation, taking as reference the current social situation in the country and in the other country members of European Union.


Sociology of Art

MSOCI019 - ECTS To acquire knowledge in sociology of art.
To understand the sociological approach to the relationship between art, culture and society in the context of cultural and digital globalisation.
To analize sociologicaly the artistic process (production, mediation and reception).
To  develop a better knowledge of Portuguese society from the point of view of artistic production, mediation and reception.



Development of an original research project in the field of sociology; writing and presenting a dissertation on a specific topic.

Training Report

MSOCI013 - ECTS Conducting an internship in an institution; writing and presenting  the internship's report with a scientific nature.

Professional Practices in Sociology


Knowledge of the relationship between sociology, as a science and profession, with the social dynamics
Knowledge of the processes of institutionalization of Sociology in Portugal
knowledge about professionalisation of sociologists
Knowledge of the roles and practices of professional sociologists

Dissertation Supervision Seminar

MSOCI014 - ECTS The  seminar aims to approach intensively students to their design dissertation project.

Training Supervision Seminar

MSOCI015 - ECTS The  seminar aims to approach intensively students to their design internship project.
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