Communication and Social Sciences - 1st and 2nd semester


This course provides an overview of a series of social sciences’ “schools”, authors, concepts and methodologies, that are relevant in the communication research and in Reading communicational phenomena in contemporary societies.
a) To develop analytical and synthetical capacities
b) To know the theoretical and social conditions of the emergence of the social theory
c) To acknowledge the method quarrel and the attempts to overcome it
d) To learn classical social theories and the tendencies of the evolution of social science and research
e) To acknowledge the social and cultural diversity and develop critical reasoning
e) To be capable of analysing contemporary social facts applying social theories.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Rato Jorge


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





CRUZ, Manuel Braga da (2004). Teorias sociológicas. Os fundadores e os clássicos (Antologia de Textos). Lisboa, Fundação Gulbenkian.
DEVEREAUX, Eoin (2007). Media Studies. London: Sage
GOFFMAN, Erving (1999). Os Momentos e os seus Homens. Lisboa, Relógio d´Agua.
LUPTON, D. (1999). Risk. London: Routledge.
PAIS, J. M. (2010). Lufa-Lufa Quotidiana. Ensaios sobre cidade, cultura e vida urbana. Lisboa, Imprensa de Ciências Sociais

Teaching method

Oral exposition of the concepts/theories of the curriculum unit, as well as discussion of case studies and theories.

Evaluation method

Evaluation is focused on a written test (50%), a critical review based on a chapter of book (20%), oral presentations and group work (30%)

Subject matter

1. Social sciences: Historical framing, key concepts
2. Classical theorists: Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Georg Simmel.
3. Chicago School I (1900-1930): intellectual influences; the research of communicative phenomena in different social fields; the emergence of qualitative methods.
4. Chicago School II (1960’s): norm and deviance; H. Becker and Goffman
5. Overcoming the individual/social and the action/structure dichotomies. Norbert Elias, the historical and social perspective; Pierre Bourdieu and the critical sociology.
6. Communication in the late modernity. Risk perspectives and media’s role in contemporary societies.