Social Problems in Contemporary Societies

Base Knowledge

Non applicable

Teaching Methodologies

It is intended to adopt a theoretical and practical teaching methodology in which the involvement of students and critical reflection on the topics and social problems is privileged. Thus, it is promoted the promotes the completiong of work, preferably in groups, that enable students to develop knowledge on some current social problems and foster their discussion.

Learning Results

The student should be able to: understand the construction of social problems; know the main perspectives on the study of social problems; recognize the multidimensional nature of social issues; respect cultural diversity realizing the relativity of social issues; understand the role of the State and civil society in addressing social problems; contextualize the main contemporary social problems at a global and national level; relate the historical evolution of Western society and the dynamics of social issues; select and integrate the information available for the analysis of social issues and problems; communicate the result of the reflection on the social problems reviewed; question and stand before the resolution possibilities of social problems.

Program

1-SOCIAL PROBLEMS
1.1 Concepts: social problem and sociological problem
1.2 The social construction of problems
1.3 Theoretical perspectives: functionalism, positivism, relativism and constructivism
2 – THE APPROACH TO SOCIAL PROBLEMS
2.1 Historical contextualization: from modern society to the presente day
2.2 The role of the State: the birth of the welfare state
2.3 The role of Society: the emergence of new social actors
3 – SOCIAL CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS
3.1 The analysis of social reality
3.2 Globalisation, social risk and uncertainty
3.3 Contemporary issues in portuguese society

Curricular Unit Teachers

Grading Methods

Continuing Evaluation
  • - written test - 40.0%
  • - elaboration of a work, preferably in group, which requires written presentation and public discussion in class - 60.0%
Exam
  • - written exam - 100.0%

Internship(s)

NAO

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