Subject: Island Societies and Cultures

Scientific Area:



64 Hours

Number of ECTS:

7,5 ECTS



Overall objectives:

1. - - problematize the notion of "insularity" and that of "insular society". - reflect on the particularities of each island community (geography, natural resources, history, origins of populations, links and mobilities) - intensify contact with working tools and various materials to support the subject matters under research. - acquire competences likely to be applied to the specific design of research projects in the corresponding area of study.


1. - Module A Social Studies and Culture I - Configurations of insular space over the centuries in the Western Culture A - Mythical, legendary and utopian islands. B - Real islands and their representations. C - Consciousness of Insularity. II - Redesigning cultural maps: the floating ports A - The Atlantic consciousness. B - The islands of Macaronesia: the Canary Islands, Madeira, the Azores and Cape Verde. III - The outermost regions of the European Union IV - Islands travel (viewing and commentary on documentaries): Isolation, imagery, tensions and blending (ethnicities, customs, religions and languages)
2. - Module B Intercultural Studies and Literature I - Island (s) and Desolation: writing of disenchantment II - Island and Remembrance: cartography of affections III - Island (s) and Emigration? Travel and Utopia IV - Island (s) and Overcoming? Awareness and Affirmation


AAVV. , 2003 , RAPPORT FINAL - 2000.CE.16.0.AT.118 - Analyse des régions insulaires et des régions ultrapériphériques de l?Union européenne : Partie II - Les régions ultrapériphériques présenté par le consortium Planistat Europe (chef de file) Bradley Dunbar ,
Abdala Júnior Benjamim; Scarpelli Marli Fantini (orgs.) , 2004 , Portos Flutuantes: Trânsitos Ibero-Afro-Americanos , Granja Viana ? Cotia - SP: Ateliê Editorial
Laura Areias , 2002 , Ilhas Riqueza, Ilhas Miséria , Lisboa: Novo Imbondeiro editores
António Carlos Diegues (org.) , 1997 , Ilhas e Sociedade Insulares , São Paulo: Nupaub/USP
Jean-Claude Marimoutou; Jean-Michel Racault (dir.) , 1995 , L?Insularité: Thématique et Représentations [actes du colloque international de Saint-Denis de la Réunion, avril 1992] , Paris: l?Harmattan / Saint Denis - Université de la Réunion
Anne Meistersheim (coord.) , 1999 , L?île laboratoire [actes du colloque de l?Université de Corse, 19-21 juin 1997] , Ajaccio : Ed. Alain Piazzola
Teresa Mora , 2009 , Viagem, Utopia e Insularidade ? Narrativas Fundadoras da Ciência e da Sociedade Moderna , Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian / Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia ? Ministério da Ciênci
Edward Shils , 1992 , Centro e Periferia , Lisboa: Difel
José Manuel Azevedo e Silva , 1995 , Madeira e a Construção do Mundo Atlântico (Séculos XV ? XVII), 2 vols. , Funchal: C.E.H.A
Manuel Veiga , 1998 , Cabo Verde: Insularidade e Literatura , Paris: Karthala Éditions
Alberto Vieira , 1999 , Do Éden à Arca de Noé , Funchal: SRTC/CEHA
Alberto Vieira , 1995 , Guia para a História das Ilhas Atlânticas , Funchal: C.E.H.A.

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
Theoretical sessions and practicals; Activities, presentation and discussion of topics related to the items of the program. (20%) LINGUISTIC AND TEXTUAL QUALITY OF THE STUDY (20%) RELEVENCE OF DATA PRESENTATION AND TREATMENT (20%) LINGUISTIC AND TEXTUAL QUALITY OF THE STUDY (20% ) ORAL PRESENTATION AND DEFENSE OF THE PROJECT (20%) ORGANIZATION AND FORMAL ASPECT OF THE STUDY SET (support, graphic presentation concern(10%)