Postgraduate Course in Politics and Digital Citizenship

Education objectives

The main objective of the post-graduate course in Digital Citizenship is to explore the extent to which new digital technologies have transformed the exercise of political power, from the point of view of both citizens and government. The course offers the possibility to better understand the ubiquity of civic and political activities in the virtual sphere, as well as its impact on the functioning of political systems. In particular, the course seeks to better understand the extent to which digital technologies can strengthen representative institutions, also identifying the challenges that these transformations bring to the level not only of the political sphere, but also of society in general. The course aims to provide the ability to apply theoretical and methodological knowledge and skills in professional situations, for example in public institutions, civic associations or organizations of interest. Student will also be able to identify the ways in which government officials and political organizations use digital technologies, namely in communicating with citizens and in the policymaking process. Graduate studies also offer the opportunity to apply critical skills to intervene in the democratic forums through digital technologies. Finally, the course allows the students to acquire skills that allow them to continue their studies in more advanced courses oriented towards scientific research.

General characterization

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Postgraduate programmes



Access to other programs

Not applicable.


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1600 Euros/year


Presencial Pós-Laboral

Teaching language

Portuguese Language

Degree pre-requisites

Total credits: 60 ECTS (40 credits based in the compulsory curricular units and 20 credits to be chosen in a set of elective optionals).

(1 ECTS - European Credit Transfer System = a 28-hour workload).

Conditions of admittance

Application and access conditions to the cycle of studies reflect the conditions established in the national legislation, namely: - To hold a degree (1st cycle), or legal equivalent; - To hold a foreign academic degree recognized by the Scientific Council (SC) of NOVA FCSH; - To hold an academic, scientific or professional curriculum vitae, recognized by the Scientific Council (SC) of NOVA FCSH. Applicants will be selected and ranked according to the criteria annually defined in the application edict.

Evaluation rules

The evaluation regulation in force at the host institution is adopted. Each course unit describes the assessment methods in detail. 1) Mandatory precedence is not required for attending postgraduate courses. 2) Knowledge assessment is individual and will be carried out at the end of the academic semesters. In the assessment of knowledge, final written and / or oral tests, works or other elements of assessment carried out by students within the different curricular units will be considered under conditions to be defined by the respective teachers. The evaluation result will be expressed on a numerical scale from 0 to 20 values. 3) It is considered approved in a curricular unit the student who obtains the final classification equal or superior to 10 values.


Conditioned Options
Code Name ECTS
722071031 Electoral Studies 10.0
02104636 Participation, Deliberation and New Technologies 10.0
722071082 Public Policies and Governance 10.0
Mandatory ECTS number: 20
Code Name ECTS
02104593 Digital Democracy: Theory and Practice 10.0
02104625 Open data: How to Use 10.0