Subject: Sociology of Culture

Scientific Area:

Art Sciences


64 Hours

Number of ECTS:




Overall objectives:

1 - Create a space for reflection and stimulate the various realities so as to develop competencies in the area of culture. Promote knowledge of the cultural activity in its various strands as the conceptual and theoretical reflection on the role of social actors, to contribute to the knowledge and better understanding of the variety of representations, behaviors and cultural practices. Recognize the achievement of cultural phenomena and analyze the multiple modes of presence of culture in everyday life. Train the student to look differently the reality-directed look a critical way, either in a general perspective, whether the specific creative and cultural phenomena. Developing critical skills through discussion and debate in class as its competence and openness to the transposition of concepts and methods acquired in the study of culture for other domains of social life.


1 - 1. Introduction to Sociology 1.1. Foundations of the academic discipline 1.2. Object of Sociology (social reality; action, fact [Weber, Durkheim]; Social facts [Mauss] 2. Culture and cultural patterns 2.1. Socialization and Enculturation 2.2. Cultural diversity and models (cultural invariants; relativism and cultural dynamism) 3. Sociology of the Body 3.1. Body and social communication; body ans space; concept of Proxemics [Hall] 3.2. Body Design and identity: social aesthetics-fashion; tatoo; 3.3. Body as a work of art-Conceopt of beauty.
2 - Case study - Practical work: Representations of gender in the traditional arts [sacred and profane paintings] and modern (photography, advertising, cinema)


D Cuche , 2003 , A Noção de Cultura nas Ciências Sociais , Pé de Página
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D. Le Breton , 2007 , A Sociologia do Corpo , Vozes
P. Worsley , 1977 , Introdução à Sociologia , Dom Quixote
G. JULIER , 2008 , The culture of design , SAGE
BIROU, A. , 1982 , Dicionário de Ciências Sociais , D. Quixote
N. LANEYRIE-DAGEN , 1997 , L'invention du corps ,

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
The teaching methodology developed is based on two different bases of work: theorical study and practical work. Working Group: report; participation in scientific event; oral exposure of work performed (50%) + Individual test (50%)