Modern History - 2nd semester


The seminar aims at developing advanced theoretical knowledge, enhancing the ability to plan and conduct research based on the plurality of sources and their suitability for the development of complex texts, at a third level of higher education knowledge. It is intended, in particular, that the students should develop the ability to: a) know how to identify the main sources and documental collections and know the main specialized bibliography, national and international, on Early Modern History; b) know how to use the historical concepts and the analytical categories suitable for research on Early Modern History; c) know the recent problematics of research and synthesis on Early Modern History; d) have the ability to apply the previous referred knowledge to the preparation of research at a doctoral level; e) The ability to formulate an original research topic and sustain it through a well-structured argument; f) Ability to communicate clearly and fluently the research results.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Isabel Buescu


Weekly - 2

Total - Available soon

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Teaching method

Seminar, combining interventions of the responsible for the seminar with the participation of visiting researchers and the interventions of PHD students. Students, apart from an active and assiduous participation, will make an oral and written presentation (10p.) on a topic or question related to the theme which they wish to develop as their research project.
The planning and scheduling of activities is defined, presented and distributed at the beginning of the academic cycle.

Evaluation method

The evaluation results from the participation in the seminars, the preparation and presentation of an oral and written work (10 pp.) on a topic or issue related with their research project and the preparation, presentation and discussion of critical analysis and reflection, state of the art, on the available historiography on the topic where they wish to develop their research.
Tutorial follow up of the various elements of evaluation.

Subject matter

Presentation and discussion of themes, state of the art reflections in specific areas of contemporary historiography, open issues and analysis of recently completed research projects, underway or in preparation in the context of contemporary historiography, nationally and internationally, combining the intervention of the responsible for the seminar, the collaboration of experts, namely researchers from research units, wuith lines of research consecrated to Early Modern History, namely the Centro de História de Além-Mar and the collaboration of PHD students.


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