Politics & Development of Contemporary Portugal

Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Politics & Development of Contemporary Portugal

  • Host University

    Universidade Católica Portuguesa

  • Location

    Lisbon, Portugal

  • Area of Study

    European Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course (entirely taught in English) will explore the links between changes in the socio-economic structures of modern Portugal and associated transformations in its political system. Prominent themes/topics we will examine from a comparative European perspective include: political institutions vs culture/behavior, Portuguese colonialism, the corporatist Estado Novo and European fascisms, the transition to and consolidation of democracy, and debates over what "Europeanization" means in the Southern European periphery post Eurozone crisis.  In the last part of the course, students will become familiar with some of the key issues relating to Portugal's ongoing struggle to define its place and role in the European Union. 

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.


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