Problematics of Economic and Social Modernity in Contemporary Portugal - 2nd semester


a)Knowledge of Portuguese economy and society history, particularly in the twentieth century, having in mind their international framework;
b)Knowledge of structural features and major changes that have occurred in the economic and social structure;
c)Knowledge of the fundamental principles of thought and Portuguese economic policy;
d)Knowledge of the methodologies and sources and fundamental bibliography related to the fundamental themes and the ability to analyse and interpret them;
e)Development of skills and competencies that allow to understand and critically reflect on key conjunctures and the reasons that determined the stages of economic and social Portuguese history;
f)to support critical thinking on the topic of development and to think Portugal’s economic and social development in an international framework in particular European.
g)Acquisition of knowledge and skills that allow the deepening and the accomplishment of studies on the subjects addressed.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Fernanda Rollo


Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





BRITO, Brandão de, A Industrialização Portuguesa no Pós-Guerra (1948-1965). O Condicionamento Industrial, Lisboa, 1989
LAINS, Pedro e SILVA, AF (Org.), História Económica de Portugal 1700-2000, Lisboa, ICS, 2005.
ROLLO, Maria Fernanda, “Percursos Cruzados”, in Engenho e Obra. Uma abordagem à História da Engenharia em Portugal no Século XX, Coord. J. M. Brandão de BRITO, Manuel HEITOR e ROLLO, Lisboa, 2002; Portugal e a Reconstrução Económica do Pós-Guerra. O Plano Marshall e a Economia Portuguesa dos anos 50, 2007; Ciência, Cultura e Língua em Portugal no Século XX, com Maria Inês Queiroz, Tiago Brandão e Ângela Salgueiro, INCM, 2012; Portugal e a Europa, 65 anos de história. 25 Anos de Adesão, 3 vols, com J. M. Brandão de Brito e J F Amaral, Tinta da China, 2011; História da Ordem dos Engenheiros, com Ana Pires, 2012.
LOPES, José da Silva, A Economia Portuguesa desde 1960, Lisboa, 1996.
ROSAS, Fernando, O Estado Novo (1926-1974) (História de Portugal, Dir. J. Mattoso), Lisboa, 1994.

Teaching method

Seminar, combining presentation sessions of the nature and the problematics associated with key aspects of the program
with the presentation and discussion of texts and topics by the students. The planning and scheduling of the activities is
defined, presented and distributed at the beginning of the academic cycle.
The presentation of the topics, accompanied by the identification, in the classroom and via moodle, of documents, sources
and bibliography, and other resources, namely in the web, assumes and appeals, beyond the expository and explanatory
dimension, scenery’s of interpretation, problematization and discussion of the contents.

Evaluation method

The evaluation results of the participation in the seminars, the preparation and presentation of a small written assignment
of bibliographic synthesis, the preparation, presentation and class discussion of a written essay (20 p.) drawn through the
research in primary sources and bibliography. Tutorial follow up of the diverse evaluation elements

Subject matter

Seminar dedicated to the study, analysis and understanding of the nature and the social and productive structure, policies and strategies pursued and main conjunctures that marked the Portuguese economy and society, considering its inclusion in an international context.
The program includes (i) an epistemological approach of the economic and social history, contents, methodologies, perspectives and trends; (ii) assessment of key documental collections, sources and bibliography and (iii) the study of the most relevant topics of the Portuguese economy and society between the late nineteenth century and the post April 25th. Through a brief characterization of the economy and society of the late nineteenth century we will focus successively the characteristics of the economic and social tissue, the policies and the reform proposals for the periods of the First Republic, Military Dictatorship, New State and the Revolution of April 1974, considering the colonial and international frameworks where they were enrolled.


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