Cursos / 1º Ciclo / Faculty of Economy and Business Management :: Economics

Versao Portuguesa

SOCIOLOGIA - 2018/2019

1º curricular year
Semestralidade: 1st semester


Leading Teacher: Prof. Doutora Maria Cristina Cunha
Assistant Professor: Prof. Doutora Maria Cristina Cunha

Class type and School hours

Orientação Tutorial : 1 Horas
Teórico-prática : 2 Horas

Main Aims/Objectives

Provide the theoretical and methodological instruments to enhance the reflective, critical and independent understanding of the social world;
Encourage the use of concepts and methodologies of the sociological work in the scientific areas and the future professional contexts of the students.

Specific Aims/Objectives

To make known fundamental concepts and theories to analyze the sociological dimension of the social reality and the importance of them for the subject areas and the profissinal contexts of the students;
To contribute to the understanding of the social research, the methods and techniques of analysis and their application;
To promote the recognition of the importance of the scientific approach of the social reality and to familiarize the students with the scientific work.

Skills to be acquired

To acquire scientific and multidisciplinary way of thinking;
To develop intellectual autonomy and capabilities of questioning, and of analytical and critical thinking;
To improve individual skills and team work, and oral and written communications;
To meet theoretical frameworks and methodologies of sociological research; to enhance the capability of selection, collection and interpretation of relevant social phenomena; to apply sociological concepts to their disciplinary areas.

Teaching Procedures

Theoretical-practical classes: presentation of the contents and use of active learning methods (debate from issues or themes of the program).
Tutorials Classes: analysis and discussion of texts; orientation of work with incentives to research.


1. Sociology: object of study; perspectives and practical and theoretical contributions
1.1. What is sociology?
1.2. Sociology, science, objectivity and common sense;
1.3. The development of a sociological perspective;
1.4. Contributions and practical implications of sociology;
1.5. Classical perspectives and more recent approaches of sociology.

2. Culture and Society
2.1. Concept of culture;
2.2 Socialization and social roles;
2.3. Types of society: pre-modern societies, modern and global development.

3. Social relations
3.1. Forms of solidarity and sociability;
3.2. The group phenomenon.
3.3. Group norms.

4. Stratification and social classes
4.1. Definition and characteristics;
4.2. Theories about the classes and social stratification;
4.3. Class divisions in the current Western societies;
4.4. Gender and social stratification;
4.5. Social mobility;
4.6. Poverty and social exclusion

5. Work and economic life
5.1. Paid and unpaid work;
5.2. Trends in occupational system;
5.3. Division of labor and economic dependence;
5.4. Gender inequality in the workplace;
5.5. Work and family;
5.6. Unemployment and job insecurity.

Evaluation Type

Continuous evaluation: oral evaluation from the discussion of program contents and themes, presentation and discussion of works developed by students under the guidance of the teacher based on reading articles and on the development of projects or research topics;
Written test about syllabus learned in class.

Teaching Resources

Classes support slide
Support texts and cases
Recommended reading


social classes

Main Bibliography

Author Giddens, A.; Sutton, P.W.
Title Sociology
Place Cambridge
Editor Polity Press
Year 2013
Author Henslin, J.
Title Sociology: a down-to-earth approach
Edition 12ª
Place New Jersey
Editor Pearson
Year 2013
Author Curry, T.; Jiobu, R.
Title Sociolgy for the 21st century
Place New Jersey
Editor Pearson
Year 2011

Complementary Bibliography

Author Pereira, Luiza Helena
Title Sociologia - Trabalho, Ciência, Cultura, diversid
Place Porto Alegre
Editor CirKula
Year 2013