Portuguese Contemporary History

Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Portuguese Contemporary History

  • Host University

    Universidade Católica Portuguesa

  • Location

    Lisbon, Portugal

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    This course aims to provide an overview of the history of twentieth-century Portugal.

    The main teaching objective thus includes the presentation of fact-based and chronologically grounded knowledge on events in the Portuguese twentieth-century, encompassing a longer time-span that begins with an introductory survey on the demise of the Constitutional Monarchy, and ends with an open reflection on the problems and perspectives of present-day Portugal in light of its recent past.

    The course shall privilege sequential topical issues, their respective political, institutional, cultural and social/economic dynamics, seeking to establish comparative approaches with wider European and global history. At the end of the course, students should be able to: Identify the most relevant dates, events and figures in contemporary Portuguese history and situate them in both national and international contexts; Identify and synthesize the main historiographic interpretations about the major themes and concepts of Portuguese contemporary times; Develop a critically based reflection on historical phenomena, assessing their impact upon contemporary discourses and national identity; Explore and assimilate information through the reading of key bibliography and the interpretation of visual knowledge sources.

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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