Methodology for History - 1st semester


The seminar has a double objective. On the one hand, it aims at exemplifying different modes of analytical proceeding in History. On the other, it aims to reflect in depth about the uses to which primary sources are subject. To achieve this dual objective, we selected five laboratories that are both thematic and methodological: comparative history, nationalism issues, colonialism, modernization and printed culture. It is intended, in particular, that students develop the ability to:
a) Learn to identify and use with a critical sense, according to the rules of the discipline, diverse sources of information (bibliography, documents, oral testimonies, iconography and others).
b) Acquire a deep and updated specific knowledge about methodologies used in different areas of historical research.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria João Violante Branco


Weekly - 2

Total - Available soon

Teaching language



Not applicable.


Haupt, H.-G. e Kocka, J. (eds.), Comparative and Transnational History. Berghahn Books, 2010
Massey, Doreen, For Space, Londres, Sage, 2005
Porta, Donatella della e Keating, Michael (eds.), Approaches and Methodologies in the Social Sciences: A Pluralist Perspective, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2008
Silveira, Luís Espinha da, Geographic Information Systems and Historical Research: An Appraisal, International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, 8.1, 2014, pp. 28-45

Teaching method

Lectures designed to provide a critical approach to individual subjects
Class debates
Individual tutoring

Evaluation method

Assessment elements: a written essay between 25 000 and 35 000 characters long, including spaces and footnotes but excluding the final references (which will weight 80% of the final grade) and the participation in class debates (20% of the final grade).

Subject matter

The seminar is structured according to the discussion of the following topics:
1. Comparative history.
2. Nation and nationalism.
3. Colonialism and Empire.
4. Modernity.
5. Print culture.
In the second part of the seminar students will receive specific guidelines in the following areas of expertise: Archival History, Ancient History, Archaeology and Medieval History, Modern History, History of the Portuguese Discoveries and Overseas Expansion, Contemporary History.


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