Code: 31050
Departament: Department of Social Sciences and Management
Field of Study: History
    Contemporary Period
    First Republic
    New State
Maria Isabel João
Área Científica: History.
E-mail: ijoao@uab.pt

Course Description:
The program of this course was planned for the student to acquire general knowledge about the history of Portugal since the early nineteenth century to the present day. It begins with an introduction to academic study of these subjects and, secondly, the issues of demographics, economics and political regimes changing in the contemporary period are approached. The problem of nation building and citizenship will also be addressed within a framework of political and cultural analysis. A narrative and chronological line of development are not adopted, but a thematic and structural one.

. It is expected that, at the end of this course, the student is able to:
• Generally characterize the facts and processes that mark the history of Portuguese society, in demographic, economic, social and political level, since the beginning of the 19th century until the end of the 20th century;
• Explain concepts and notions that are essential to the understanding of national history of that period;
• Analyze various types of documents (statistical, textual, iconographic), integrating the data from this analysis in the construction of ideas about the contemporary problems;
• Take critical attitudes based on the studied problems;
• Expose ideas and facts, clearly and logical, using the Portuguese language correctly;
• Discuss ideas in a sustained manner, in the fora, with a rational and informed argument;
• Search relevant information to the knowledge of the contemporary history of Portugal, using the available resources;
• Linking present with the recent past for a better comprehension of  the problems of Portuguese society nowadays.

1. Introduction to the study of Portugal contemporary history.
2. The demographics in Contemporary Portugal 
3. Economy and society: a slow and late development process
3.1 The 19TH century: between the weight of tradition and change
3.2 The twentieth century: economic growth and modernization
4. Nation, political regimes and citizenship
4.1 The nation-building
4.2 Constitutional traits of regimes and citizenship

MATA, Eugénio e VALÉRIO, Nuno, História Económica de Portugal. Uma perspectiva global, Lisboa, Editorial Presença, 2003 (p. 129-247).
PINTO, António Costa (coordenação), Portugal Contemporâneo, Lisboa, Publicações Dom Quixote, 2005 (Capítulos 2, 3, 5, 6, 8).
Supporting texts on the themes elaborated by Maria Isabel João, available in the teaching platform
CATROGA, Fernando, O Republicanismo em Portugal: da Formação ao 5 de Outubro, 2ª ed., Lisboa, Editorial Notícias, 2000.
MATTOSO, José (dir.), História de Portugal, vols. V-VIII, Editorial Estampa, 1994.
LAINS, Pedro & Ferreira da Silva, Álvaro, (org.), História Económica de Portugal. 1700–2000, 3 vols. Lisboa, Imprensa de Ciências Sociais, 2005.
TELO, António José, História Contemporânea de Portugal: Do 25 de Abril à Actualidade, vol.1, Lisboa, Editorial Presença, 2007.


Workload (hours): 156
Contact Hours: 15

Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).

Students are required to have access to a computer with Internet connection and an e-mail address.

Language(s) of Instruction: Portuguese.

Contact for virtual mobility students: Communication and International Relations Office – gcri@uab.pt