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History of Public Administration

Code: CINF014     Acronym: HAP

Classification Keyword

Instance: 2021/2022 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of History, Political and International Studies
Course/CS Responsible: Bachelor of Arts in Information Science

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
CINF 63 CINF - Study Plan 1 - 6 56 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Maria Inês Ferreira de Amorim Brandão da Silva

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 4,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 4,00
Maria Inês Ferreira de Amorim Brandão da Silva 4,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students
Obs.: Português


The main aim to address the construction of public administration process, how it has evolved.

Moreover, it is necessary to identify the administrative entities in order to understand their production of information, specifically, the successive institutions set up under the Public Administration in the period between the formation of the Kingdom and the democratic organization.

It is a further object of this U.C. identify the logics of Portuguese territory governance held either by the public and the private administration, and the tensions and negotiations between powers.

Finaly to identify the organic, powers and functions of the administrative structures that were emerging and evolving over time (disruptions, changes or evolution) and the perception of its effects on different documentary production that are assembled in local and national archives.

Learning outcomes and competences

Ability to an historically contextualization of the institutions created over time, connecting time, space and the cyclical and structural change.

Understand the semantic evolution of the terms, in space and time.

Develop organizational capacities of consulted bibliographic information.

The aim is also that students may be able to arrange their own research, bibliographic media, printed sources and, if possible, handwritten documentation.

It seeks that the information obtained can be reused and published in practical work, to develop in other subjects and in their specific professional life.

Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)

Not applicable.


PART I - The foundation of the Portuguese Kingdom to the Liberalism Period
1. Territory and Territories - an articulation of power - the dispersion of territories - secular and religious landlords - constraints associated with the Christian reconquest process:
2. The organization of the central power in the medieval period:
2.1. supports: a compilation of legislation, military organization and tax organization;
2.2. the medieval Cortes: advising the monarch, represent the community?
3. The organization of the central government - the state's institutionalization in the modern period:
3. 1. a complex of organic and functional coherence - "polissinodal regime ';
3. 2. modern Cortes - the loss of skills.
4. The organization of local territorial magistrates in medieval and modern period:
4.1 Provedorias and Comarcas
4.2 Local Councils: manorial and royal municipalities, secular and religious.

Part II- From the Liberalism to the Decentralized Administration 
1. Constituent Cortes and the new governmental order - the fragmented power
2. Electoral systems and the impact on the central and local governance.
3. From the Mesas to the Ministries (from the 19th century to the Republic).
4. "Start below": the reorganization of the local administration and the extension of powers: from the districts to the the parish administration.

Mandatory literature

HESPANHA, A. Manuel ; História das Instituições, Almedina, 1982
CAETANO, Marcelo ; Estudos de História da Administração Pública Portuguesa, Coimbra Editora, 1994
Dir. José Mattoso; História de Portugal, v.2, 4 a 8, 1ª ed., Círculo de Leitores, 1992
coord. Joel Serrão, António Barreto, Maria Filomena Mónica; Dicionário de História de Portugal. 7 vols., Porto: Figueirinhas, 1999-2000
HOMEM, António Pedro Barbas ; O Espírito das Instituições. Um estudo de História do Estado
Silveira, Luís Nuno Espinha da; Território e poder. ISBN: 972-744-021-5

Complementary Bibliography

Santos, José António; As^freguesias. ISBN: 972-8027-38-9

Teaching methods and learning activities

Supplementary means of projection image and text in order to developpe debates around various issues addressed.

Some classes will be exclusively for preparation of practical work and applied research.

The frequency is obtained through mandatory attendance at 75% of the teaching units. It is mandatory to present a paper on certain topics within the course that is average with the final exam grade, worth 50% each component.


Humanities > History > Social history
Humanities > Information science > Documenttion
Humanities > History > Local history
Humanities > History > History of law
Humanities > History > Political history

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 50,00
Trabalho escrito 50,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 106,00
Frequência das aulas 56,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

75% compulsory class attendance.

Calculation formula of final grade

 Work assessment by no more than 3 students (reviews, critical analysis of guides and/or inventories, documentation analysis): 50% Final exam: 50%.


Examinations or Special Assignments

Not applicable

Internship work/project

Not applicable.

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

Not applicable

Classification improvement

The classification can be improved by the correction of the practical work component, according to the instructions of the teacher.
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