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Societal Configurations and Transitions: fromthe 20th to the 21st Century

Code: DSOC009     Acronym: CTS

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Sociology

Instance: 2021/2022 - 1S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Sociology
Course/CS Responsible: Third cycle of studies in Sociology

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
DSOC 9 DSOC - Study Plan 1 - 6 41 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
João Miguel Trancoso Vaz Teixeira Lopes

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 2,00
Tutorial Supervision: 1,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 2,00
Paula Maria Guerra Tavares 0,70
Carlos Manuel da Silva Gonçalves 0,60
João Miguel Trancoso Vaz Teixeira Lopes 0,70
Tutorial Supervision Totals 1 1,00
João Miguel Trancoso Vaz Teixeira Lopes 0,40
Carlos Manuel da Silva Gonçalves 0,20
Paula Maria Guerra Tavares 0,40

Teaching language



The fundamentals objectives of the unit are the following: reflect and discuss the dynamics of  late capitalism and the fragmentary nature of modernity; analyze the new globalisation by stressing the increased risk and uncertainty; understand the social policies within a framework of social and reflexive monitoring action; seize social reconfiguration logics, in Europe and in Portugal. 

Learning outcomes and competences

The skills consist in the development of the capacity for reflection and critical analysis based on contemporary societies triggering the conceptual frameworks of sociology; the development of epistemological and theoretical debate habits about specific social issues, from an in-depth and autonomous study; the practice of collective and individual research

Working method


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



1. Thinking about transitions: from the 20th century to the 21st century.
2. Modernity(ies), late capitalism and risk societies.
3. Social recompositions: in a global, european and national scales.
4. Reconstructions: culture, symbols and identities.


Mandatory literature

António Firmino da Costa; Desigualdades sociais contemporâneas. ISBN: 978-989-8536-15-0
David Harvey; The^condition of postmodernity. ISBN: 0-631-16294-1
Fredric Jameson; Postmodernism, or the cultural logic of the late capitalism. ISBN: 0-86091-537-9
Guy Debord; A sociedade do espectáculo. ISBN: 972-716-002-6
João Teixeira Lopes; Artistic capitalism
Thomas Piketty; L.^économie des inégalités. ISBN: 2-7071-2703-5
Thomas Piketty; O^capital no século XXI. ISBN: 978-989-644-304-7
Thomas Piketty; Capital e ideologia. ISBN: 9789896446154

Comments from the literature

Complementary  literature

ALMEIDA, João Ferreira de ; Desigualdades e Perspetivas dos Cidadãos, Mundos Sociais, 2012
BECK, Ulrich ; La Sociedad del Riesgo Global, Siglo XXI, 2009
BENNETT, Andy; KAHN-HARRIS, Keith, eds. ; After subculture: critical studies in contemporary youth culture, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004
CRANE, Diana; Kawasaki, Kenichi; Kawashima, Kobuko eds. ; Global culture: media, arts, policy, and globalization., Routledge, 2002
Dorling, Danny; Why Social Inequality Still Persists, Polity Press, 2011
LAHIRE, Bernard ; A Cultura dos Indivíduos. , Artmed, 2006
LASH, Scott; URRY, John ; The End of Organized Capitalism, Polity Press, 1986
MUGGLETON, David ; subculture: the postmodern meaning of style, Berg Publishers, 2000
Savage, Mike ; Social Class in the 21st century, Pelican, 2014
Therborn, Goran; The killing fields of inequality, Polity Press, 2013

Teaching methods and learning activities

The curricular unit works under the form of a seminar, with strong assistance from the autonomous work of students in the debate organized by the faculty member, either through proposed themes for discussion or by the presentation of texts and discussion of indicators and qualitative studies. This way, by following a flexible script, the teachers will try to instill scientific practice of high quality habits. The evaluation elements include two individual theme reports; each individual theme report - 50% of the final score, allowing a reflexive interpretation of contents.The seminar, with the preparation of various critical essays as part of evaluation, contributes to an atmosphere of an open discussion, and propitiates high and systematic research habits and joined-up thinking. This subject also allows a flexible learning pace, with intimate connection to courses and research plans of each student.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Trabalho escrito 75,00
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 25,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 60,00
Frequência das aulas 41,00
Trabalho escrito 61,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

The evaluation elements include an oral presentation (25%) and an individual theme report (75%), allowing a reflexive interpretation of contents.

Calculation formula of final grade

- individual theme report - 75% of the final score.
- oral presentation: 25% of the final mark

Examinations or Special Assignments


Internship work/project


Classification improvement

Applicable only to written report


Teaching language: Portuguese.
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