Sociology of Territory


1. Knowledge and understanding of the sociological frameworks for considering territorial change;
2. Ability to analyse processes of territorial change, decomposing their actor systems, the interests at stake and the social practices in their relations with the forms of use and with the occupation of territories;
3. Ability to communicate sociological knowledge about the theme in an accurate and meaningful way;
4. Ability to carry out informed and critical intervention to monitor the implementation of territorial policies and programs.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

João Pedro Lopes de Oliveira Silva Nunes


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



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Andrade, L et al (2009) Espaços públicos: Novas sociabilidades, novos controles. Cadernos Metrópole, 21, pp. 131–153
Bourdieu, P (dir) (1993) La misère du monde. Gallimard, pp. 249-262
Giddens, A (2003) A constituição da sociedade. M. Fontes
Halbwachs, M (2010) Morfologia social. Edições 70
Hall, E (1986) A dimensão oculta. Relógio d’Água
Lefebvre, H (2012) O direito à cidade. Estudio
McKenzie, R (1984) The ecological approach to the study of the human community. In The city. The University of Chicago Press
Newby, H (1980) Community. The Open University Press
Rémy, J & Voyé, L (1997) A cidade: Rumo a uma nova definição. Afrontamento.
Simmel, G (1950) The Stranger. In The Sociology of G. Simmel. Free Press, pp. 402-408.
Valdiviesso, R. (2006) Contribuição para o conhecimento da territorialidade humana: o graffiti e o espaço territorial urbano, MsC Thesis, FCiências da UPorto

Teaching method

Teaching method
Lectures (50%);
Practical classes (50%): exploration of documents; paper presentations and discussion of the themes proposed by teachers.
In class teaching.

Evaluation method

Método de avaliação - Written paper based on the reading of a scientific article and its presentation to class; discussion of the paper (40%), Written test in class(60%)

Subject matter

Thematic block 1. Territory in a sociological perspective (theoretical component)
1. Georg Simmel's approach
2. The Social Morphology approach
3. The Human Ecology approach
4. The notions of " interaction and self territories”
5. Territoriality as a sociological dimension
6. Proxemics and modes of regionalization as concepts
7. Physical space, social space and symbolic domination: the contribution of Pierre Bourdieu
Thematic Block 2. The diversity of territorial dynamics (Theoretical component)
1. New forms of opposition city-countryside
2. Community and territory
3. Territorialities, belonging and appropriations
4. Public and private territories
Thematic Block 3. The question of territory in contemporary Portuguese sociology



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