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Palaeography and Diplomatics

Code: HISTO059     Acronym: PALDIP

Classification Keyword

Instance: 2021/2022 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

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

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
CINF 5 CINF - Study Plan 2 - 6 41 162
HISTO 57 HISTO - Study Plan 1 - 6 41 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Maria Cristina Almeida e Cunha Alegre

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 2,50
Tutorial Supervision: 0,50
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 2,50
Maria Cristina Almeida e Cunha Alegre 2,50
Tutorial Supervision Totals 1 0,50
Maria Cristina Almeida e Cunha Alegre 0,50
Mais informaçõesLast updated on 2021-03-22.

Fields changed: Components of Evaluation and Contact Hours

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students
Obs.: Português - Suitable for English-speaking students


1) The students will acquire the knowledge that will allow them to read and understand written historical resources about Portugal’s History.
2) They will be able to analyze the internal and external characters of a document
3)They will also be able to scrutinize documents, searching for information in different historical resources
4) The students will be able to answers questions relating to several documents (i. e. “Who wrote it”, “when was it written?”, “where was it written?”, “Why was it written?", etc.)
5) They will be able to classify different documents (Its nature, where were they written, etc.)

Learning outcomes and competences

The program, by providing students information on the types of writing, the different types of documents, their composition, etc.., provides the elements considered essential for reading and interpreting a variety of written historical sources related to the history of Portugal.

Working method



A) Paleography:
1.The concept and history of Paleography
2.The major currents of Latin’s writing
3.Writting in Portugal from the IX to the XVI century: 3.1.Typologies 3.2.Transcription of documents
B) Diplomatics
1. The concept and history of diplomatics
2. Writing agents: centers of production and writing professionals
3. Documents: typology, tradition and conservation.
4.The structure of the writing acts. Formulas and forms.

Mandatory literature

BISCHOFF, Bernhard ; Paléographie de l’Antiquité romaine et du Moyen Age Occidental, Tradução francesa, , Picard, Paris, 1985. ISBN: 2-7084-0113-0
CARCEL ORTÍ, Mª Milagros (ed.); Vocabulaire International de la Diplomatique, Valencià, Conselleria de Cultura, Universitat de Valencià, 1994. ISBN: 84-370-1520-0
COSTA, Avelino de Jesus da; Álbum de paleografia e diplomática portuguesas. 6ª ed . , Coimbra : Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Coimbra. Instituto de Paleografia e Diplomática, 1997. ISBN: 0-007-894-52-X
COSTA, Avelino de Jesus da; Normas Gerais de Transcrição de Documentos e Textos Medievais e Modernos, 3ª edição, Coimbra : Faculdade de Letras, 1993
GUYOTJEANNIN, Olivier; PICKE, Jacques e TOCK, Benôit-Michel ; Diplomatique Médiévale, Col. L'Atelier du Medieviste 2,, Brepols, 1993. ISBN: 2-503-50312-8

Complementary Bibliography

COELHO, Maria Helena da Cruz et alii; Estudos de Diplomática Portuguesa, Lisboa: Edições Colibri / Faculdade de Letras a Universidade de Coimbra, 2001
MARQUES, José; Práticas Paleográficas em Portugal no século XV, Separata da Revista da Faculdade de Letras - Ciências e Técnicas do Património, I Série, vol. I, Porto: Faculdade de Letras, 2002
SANTOS, Maria José Azevedo; Da visigótica à carolina: a escrita em Portugal de 882 a 1172, Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian e J.N.I.C.T., 1994
SANTOS, Maria José Azevedo ; Ler e compreender a escrita na Idade Média, Edições Colibri/Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Coimbra, Lisboa, 2000
Maria João Oliveira e Silva; A^escrita na catedral. ISBN: 978-972-8361-54-9

Teaching methods and learning activities

Lectures followed by exemplification of written and/or printed documents. Practical classes: Transcription of different types of documents. Tutorials: different perspectives of published documents.


Humanities > Information science > Diplomatics
Humanities > History > Paleography

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Teste 100,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 121,00
Frequência das aulas 41,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

1)At least two mandatory assessment tests 2) attending to 75% of the classes; 

Calculation formula of final grade

Three assessment tests (1st= 30%; 2nd= 30%; 3rd= 40 %)

Examinations or Special Assignments

Not applicable

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

Accordance with Assessment Regulations in force.

Classification improvement

1) It is not possible to improve the classification of each test
2) Students will be able to improve their final classification (>10/20), by taking, in the "Época de Recurso", a single exam that covers the subject taught in ALL the Semester.
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