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História e Cultura Portuguesa (L5321)


Grupo: Unidades curriculares avulsas > Erasmus e Similares > Study History In Portugal

Período: 1º Semestre

Grupo: Unidades curriculares avulsas > Erasmus e Similares > Study History In Portugal

Período: 2º Semestre

Créditos ECTS


Tipo de ensino

Ensino presencial

Língua(s) de Ensino




Objectivos Gerais

This course aims to provide international students with a general overview of Portuguese History and Culture. The course is conceived as a mixture between lectures and outdoor tours to sites with historical interest.

Objectivos de Aprendizagem

At the outset students should be able to get a closer acquaintance and acknowledgement of the different traits of Portuguese History and culture
OA1. Recognize the different historical spots in Lisbon city through an examination of their location and architecture.
OA2. Identify cultural habits, distinctive traits in food consumption, landscape and geography of the different Portuguese regions.
OA3. Recognize the major contributors to Portuguese art, music and literature.
OA4. Have a clear understanding of the chronology of Portuguese history with a special emphasis in colonial development and XX century evolution.
OA5. Create networks of cooperative learning among different nationalities so as to foster autonomous learning and exchange of personal experiences related to Portuguese culture.


CP1. Portugal seen through foreign eyes: Orientation session of P.H.C. to IEPM Students
CP2. An introduction to Portuguese geography, landscape and territory.
CP3. Eight centuries of history in the city of Lisbon: architecture and urban planning.
CP4. Portuguese symbols and Portuguese art.
CP5. The Portuguese discoveries and the constitution of the empire.
CP6. The Colonial empire and decolonization
CP7. Introduction to the history of contemporary Portugal.
CP7.1. The Monarchy and the Republic
CP7.2. Oliveira Salazar and the New State
CP7.3. The making of Portuguese democracy and the integration in the European Union

Processo de avaliação

The assessment is carried out in two stages: 1) along the term time; 2) in a final evaluation.
1) Throughout the semester: team group works would develop an academic written report concerning the point CP7 of the syllabus. Practical lessons are previewed to help the students. The group work weights 50% of the final score.
2) A final frequency test which testes the syllabus points CP1 to CP6, and further embraces the guided tours, and weights 50% of the final score.

Processo de ensino-aprendizagem

The UC is divided into three types of classes:
Lectures - Presentation of concepts, theoretical insights and content development in a large group through exhibitions that usually feature a power point presentation
Theoretical and practical - Activities in small team group of students and lessons on contemporary history of Portugal
Study visits ? sessions that correspond to guided tours related to the program of lectures.



AVILLEZ, Maria João (2000). Portugal: the four Corners of the Earth. Lisboa: Círculo de Leitores, 218 p.
BIRMINGHAM, David (2003). A Concise History of Portugal. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed., 220 p.
MAXWELL, Kenneth (1995). The making of Portuguese democracy. New York: Cambridge University Press, 250 p.
PINTO, António Costa (ed.) (2003). Contemporary Portugal. Boulder: Columbia University Press, 2003
SARDICA, José Miguel (2008). Twentieth Century Portugal (A Historical Overview). Lisboa: Universidade Católica

BIBLIOGRAPHY. recent aquisitions:

Portugal: Country Guide (2011),Lonely Planet Country Guides, 548 pages;

Charles Metcalfe, The Wine and Food Lover's Guide to Portugal [2007],
Inn House Publishing.

Jose Saramago, Journey To Portugal (2002)Vintage; New edition [464 pages

Barry Hatton, The Portuguese:A Modern History [2011], Signal Books Ltd, 256 pages


Library of Congress: A country study. Portugal: Historical Setting
(Walter C. Opello, Jr.)

History of Portugal in Wikipedia:

Portuguese People in Wikipedia:

CIA ? The World Factbook > Portugal:

Portugal in Wikipedia:

Portuguese Literature:

List of the existing Political Parties:

Encompassing the Globe. Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th centuries: One of the world?s most ambitious exhibitions on the Portuguese discoveries now available in Google Earth.