Subject: Portuguese Culture and Interculturality

Scientific Area:

Social and Human Sciences


64 Hours

Number of ECTS:




Overall objectives:

1 - It is intended to optimize an understanding of the times summoned by the programmatic contents so that the student has, above all, a clear cultural awareness of the present, its complexity, the influences of multiple variants in the construction of Alterity in various cultural encounters throughout the ages. Thus, a general approach to the Past is necessary to understand the Present and to be prepared, in terms of cultural training, to understand the becoming of society and of new intercultural approaches and understandings.


1 - Culture. Cultures and Interculturality - Conceptual issues
2 - Traits of Portuguese culture
2.1 - The intercultural dimension of Portuguese culture
2.2 - Traits and stereotypes of the Portuguese people versus identity dynamics
3 - From the Past to the Modernity
3.1 - Historical constants and cultural constants: memory, tradition, myths and dialogue
3.2 - Educate for a renewed inter and multicultural citizenship
4 - Society and (Inter) Cultural Studies
4.1 - From the idea of decline to overcoming the problem of decadence - Cultural Remythologization
4.2 - The current situation of Portuguese culture in a global, European and local context
5 - Travel. Utopia and cultural cartography
5.1 - Frontier culture, travelers and tourists: the desire of the Other?
5.2 - Globalization of culture and cultural tourism: utopia and / or disenchantment
5.3 - (Re) writings and representations of Portuguese Culture: from the past to the contemporaneity-mobilities, conflicts and (re) discovery of Alterity


Almeida, O. T. , 2017 , A obsessão da Portugalidade , Lisboa, Quetzal
Almeida, O. T. , 2011 , Português sem filtro. Uma antologia , isboa, Clube do Autor
Batista, M. M. (ed.) , 2009 , Cultura: metodologias e investigação , Lisboa, O Verso Edições
Cuche, D. , 2006 , A Noção de Cultura nas Ciências Sociais , Lisboa, Fim-de-Século
MacGillivray, A. , 2008 , A Breve História da Globalização , Lisboa, Campo da Comunicação
Melo, A. , 2002 , Globalização cultural , Lisboa, Quimera
Nunes, R. (coord.) , 2012 , Cultura e Sociedade , Porto, Cordão da Leitura
Oliveira Marques, A.H. , 2006 , Breve História de Portugal , Lisboa, Editorial Presença
Real, M. , 2017 , Traços Fundamentais da Cultura Portuguesa , Lisboa, Planeta
Real, M. , 2011 , Introdução à Cultura Portuguesa , Lisboa, Planeta

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
The contents will be subject to periodic evaluation, which intends to test the acquired knowledge, the intellectual autonomy and the critical capacity of the students. They must take a written test: 50% (to be scheduled at the beginning of the semester) and a research paper on one of the 50% program topics. This paper will be presented orally at the end of the semester (oral presentation counts 25%). The final written version of this work goes through the plagiarism detector (the writing of the work counts 25%). In the re-sit exam, students will make a written exam (50%).