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