Code: 31051
Departament: Department of Social Sciences and Management
Field of Study: History
    1. Middle Ages
    2. Organization of Powers
    3. Social Structure
    4. Portugal
Adelaide Millán da Costa
Área Científica: History
E-mail: acosta@uab.pt

Course Description:
This course unit introduces a general perspective of the Portuguese Kingdom medieval period and it pays special attention to the following topics:
• key moments of political history and the origin and development of institutions (the crown, the councils, the landlords);
• evolution of the economic and social structures of the kingdom;
• mental and cultural references of medieval Portugal.
The knowledge produced by historians and the analysis of coeval documentation are privileged in this course unit.

• Mastering key concepts in the interpretation of the Portuguese medieval period;
• Understanding economic, social, political, mental and cultural frameworks of the Portuguese middle ages;
• Analysing critically (published) sources of the Portuguese middle ages.

I. 1096-1325
1. The structures of the kingdom’ socio-political organization: landlords and councils (definition and changes)
2. The structuring of the crown’s power and the relation with other territorial powers
II. 1325-1480
1. Economic and social structures
1.1 Territory, natural resources, demographic base and technologies
1.2 Social groups and economic support
2. The powers: the crown, the landlord, the councils

História de Portugal, dir. de José Mattoso, vol. II, A Monarquia Feudal (1096-1480), coord. de José Mattoso, Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 1993.
Nova História de Portugal, dir. de Joel Serrão & A. H. de Oliveira Marques, vol. III, Portugal em Definição de Fronteiras (1096-1325). Do Condado Portucalense à Crise do Século XIV, coord. de Maria Helena da Cruz Coelho & Armando Luís de Carvalho Homem, vol. IV, Portugal na Crise dos Séculos XIV e XV, por A. H. de Oliveira Marques, Lisboa, Editorial Presença, 1996 e 1987.
Dicionário de História de Portugal, dir. de Joel Serrão, 6 vols., Porto, Livraria Figueirinhas, 1990.


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%).

Language(s) of Instruction: Portuguese.

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