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Questions in Contemporary Sociological Theory I

Code: MSOCI011     Acronym: QTSC1

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Sociology

Instance: 2021/2022 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Sociology
Course/CS Responsible: Masters in Sociology

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MSOCI 25 Study plan 1 - 6 41 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Carlos Manuel da Silva Gonçalves

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 3,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 3,00
Carlos Manuel da Silva Gonçalves 3,00
Mais informaçõesLast updated on 2021-03-16.

Fields changed: Classification improvement, Obtenção de frequência, Observações, Observações, Fórmula de cálculo da classificação final, Melhoria de classificação, Obtenção de frequência, Métodos de ensino e atividades de aprendizagem

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


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

Learning outcomes and competences

Problematize sociological thinking
Analyze and mobilize new sociological theories about the contemporary
Problematize globalization theory and social inequalities
Equating the theoretical debates on contemporary societies
Communication skills, oral and written
Ability to work independently and in a team
Critical ability to search, selection and analysis of information
Learning ability, innovation and creativity.

Working method



1. Introduction: diversity of sociological theory
2. Social change: theories about contemporary societies
3. Societies and inequalities
4. Social dynamics and values


Mandatory literature

Baert, Patrick; Teoria social contemporânea. ISBN: 978-989-8536-32-7
Bauman, Zygmunt; Modernidade Líquida, Zahar Editora, 2000
Beck, Ulrich, 1944-2015; Modernización reflexiva. ISBN: 84-206-2879-4
Carmo, Renato Miguel et al ; Desigualdades Sociais. Portugal e Europa , Mindos Sociais, 2018
Castells, Manuel, 1942-; A sociedade em rede. ISBN: 978-972-31-1411-9
Costa, António Firmino; Desigualdades Sociais Contemporâneas, Mundos Sociais, 201
Doogan, Kevin; New capitalism?. ISBN: 978-0-7456-3325-1
Elliott, Anthony; Contemporary social theory. ISBN: 978-0-415-38633-3
INGLEHART, Ronald F.; Les transformations culturelles. Comment les valeurs des individus bouleversent le monde? , Libres Cours, 2019
Martell, Luke; The^sociology of globalization. ISBN: 978-0-7456-3674-0
Miles, Steven; Social theory in the real world. ISBN: 0-7619-6155-0
Ritzer, George; Modern sociological theory. ISBN: 978-0-07-110177-6

Teaching methods and learning activities

There are several teaching methodologies: lecturing and discussion with students in the classroom about the topics of syllabus with the use of demonstrative examples;  presentation and discussion by students, organized in small groups, texts and case studies previously selected and appointed by the teacher.
Another activities - support students in research information and literature; supervision of individual work.
The teacher publishes in SIGARRA / FLUP a developed summary for each topic of the syllabus with specific indications about the contents and bibliography.
In SIGARRA / FLUP is available bibliography of some of the required reading.


Social sciences > Sociology > Societal behaviour

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 50,00
Participação presencial 20,00
Trabalho escrito 30,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 90,00
Frequência das aulas 39,00
Trabalho de investigação 33,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

 Written and oral exam, if required. Individual thematic written report. Work developed in  sessions. Attendance. Students are required to complete all assessment components, regardless of student status.
All evaluation components are mandatory. The approval of the course unit requires that the marks obtained in the written exam, and oral if necessary, and in the individual written report are equal to or greater 10

Calculation formula of final grade

Weighting of each assessment component towards the final mark for the course unit:  Written and oral exam, if required - 50%; Individual thematic written report - 30%;work developed in sessions - 10%; attendance - 10%.

The students covered by article 9 (Normas de Avaliação de Conhecimentos) should contact the teacher.

The resource period includes performing a new final exam, and oral if necessary (50% final grade), and / or a new individual writing (30% of the final grade) report, on a date to deliver stipulated by the teacher . For approval to the course, the classification of each of these evaluation components must be less than 10. To calculate the final classification keeps the classification concerning the work developed in the  sessions and attendance.

Classification improvement

The student may require improvement of classification according to the Faculty Evaluation Standards. Improving classification focuses only in the final exam. They will be considered for the calculation of the final grade, the grades obtained in the other components. It keeps the weighting given to each of these components of assessment and the conditions for approving the course.


eEited in the page of the discipline of the Sigarra the dossier of orientation that contains a set of detailed information on all the rules of operation and teaching of the discipline, as well as general indications of the curricular unit. It is imperative to read it carefully. They will be made available in the page of the course of the Sigarra materials of support  the sessions.
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