Discoveries and Globalisation - 2nd semester


a) Understand the importance of Portuguese expansion in the overall process of globalization of human societies, implemented since the fifteenth century.
b) Ability to analyze and compare the various impacts of the Portuguese Expansion in several spatial and temporal dimensions.
c) Know the specialized literature on the subject and be able to find, identify and analyze appropriate sources.
d) Develop the capacity of oral and writing of research results, making it in a critical and original perspective.
e) Acquire knowledge to enable students to pursue in depth studies of the Portuguese Expansion in the context of global cultural history.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

João Paulo Oliveira e Costa


Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





AAVV, Encompassing the Globe. Portugal e o Mundo nos Séculos XVI e XVII, s.l., Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, 2009.
COSTA, João Paulo Oliveira e & Teresa Lacerda, A Interculturalidade na Expansão Portuguesa (Séculos XV-XVIII), Lisboa, Alto Comissariado para a Imigração e Minorias Étnicas, 2007.
FERNÁNDEZ-ARMESTO, Felipe, «A Expansão Portuguesa num Contexto Global», in A Expansão Marítima Portuguesa, 1400-1800, dir. Francisco Bethencourt e Diogo Ramada Curto, Lisboa, Edições 70, 2010, pp. 491-524.
GRUZINSKI, Serge, Les Quatre Parties du Monde. Histoire d’une Mondialisation, Paris, Seuil, 2006 (1ª ed. : Éditions de la Martiniére, 2004).
JALAGIN, Seija, TAVERA, Susanna & DILLEY, Andrew (eds.), World and Global History. Research and Teaching, s.l., Cliohworld, 2011, pp. 25-45.

Teaching method

Classes of theoretical nature.
Practical classes:
- analysis of documental sources and evidences of material and artistic culture
- presentation and discussion of group work.
Activities suggested by the teatcher – attendance to conferences.

Evaluation method

Written essay (60%)
Conference report (20%)
Attendance and participation in practical classes (20%)

Subject matter

1.Introduction: sources, methods and concepts
2. A new perception of the world
3. A global trade
4. A new geostrategic
5. The globalization of Christianity
6. New socio-cultural realities
7. Arts and globalization


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