Optativa 4 ( Perspetivas Culturais e Psicológicas da Família ) - Comunicação, Cultura e Organizações - Sem Ramos - Especialidades

ECTS / Credit Units
Year: 2 / 2º Semestre
Plan: 2016/17
Scientific Area: FCC
Level: Licenciatura

Semestral Hour Load

Theorical: 48.00
Theorical-Pratical: 32.00
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Degree having this Course

Degree - Branch Degree Plan Year
Comunicação, Cultura e Organizações - Sem Ramos - Especialidades 2016/17
Psicologia - Sem Ramos - Especialidades 2015/16

Teaching Staff

Alda Patrícia Marques Portugal
Alda Patrícia Marques Portugal

Ensino teórico
Ensino teórico-prático
Cristina Maria Nascimento Guerra dos Santos Pinheiro
Cristina Maria Nascimento Guerra dos Santos Pinheiro

Responsável pelas Pautas
Ensino teórico
Ensino teórico-prático

Course Information

Course Objectivs

(1)     To analyze the different concepts of family in Antiquity.

(2)     To contextualize the western family in history.

(3)     To consider the impact of the status and the condition of women in family and society.

(4)     To understand he family and its transformations during its life cycle.

Evaluation Criteria

2 written tests (50% each):

1st Module: April 5th;

2nd Module. May 24th.

Program Resume (get program detail)

  1. Introduction to the study of the family in the West: social, cultural, juridical and biological aspects.
  2. The problematic definitions of gender and sex and their importance in the configuration of the family;
  3. Mythological and philosophical discourses about the creation of women and family: Eva and Pandora.
  4. Women and ancient medicine: medical theories about the nature and the functioning of the female body.
  5. Women, family and marriage in ancient societies (from Ancient Greece to the Renaissance).
  6. Childhood.
  7. Old age.
  8. The family of our times: structure and functions.
  9. New family forms: the reality of old age and the familiar dynamics.
  10. The status and condition of women in family and society; modern transformations and their impact on family lives.
  11. The evolution process of the family.

Main Bibliography

Alarcão, M. (2000a). (Des)Equilíbrios familiares: Uma visão sistémica. Coimbra: Quarteto Editora.

Bradley, K. R. (1991). Discovering the Roman family: studies in Roman social history.New York, OxfordUniversity Press.

Dean-Jones, L. (1994). Women's bodies in classical Greek science. Oxford & New York, Clarendon Press & Oxford University Press.

Demand, N. H. (1994). Birth, death, and motherhood in Classical Greece. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press.

Evans Grubbs, J. (2002). Women and the law in the Roman Empire. London and New York, Routledge.

Flemming, R. (2000). Medicine and the making of Roman women : gender, nature, and authority from Celsus to Galen. Oxford ; New York, OxfordUniversity Press.

Golden, M. (1990). Children and childhood in classical Athens. Baltimore, JohnsHopkinsUniversity Press.

Harlow, M. and R. Laurence (2002). Growing up and growing old in Ancient Rome : a life course approach. London & New York, Routledge.

King, H. (1998). Hippocrates' woman : reading the female body in ancient Greece. London & New York, Routledge.

Neils, J., J. H. Oakley, et al. (2003). Coming of age in ancient Greece : images of childhood from the classical past. New Haven, Yale University Press in association with the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.

Rawson, B. (2003). Children and Childhood in Roman Italy. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Relvas, A. P. &  M. Alarcão, Eds. (2002). Novas formas de família. Coimbra: Quarteto Editora.

Relvas, A. P. (2006). O ciclo vital da família: perspectiva sistémica. Porto: Edições Afrontamento.

Vieira, C. (2006). É menino ou menina? Género e Educação em Contexto Familiar. Coimbra: Almedina.

Other Biographical Sources / Support Documents

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