European Studies II
Cod: 31017
Department: DH
Scientific area: European Studies
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This academic module aims to address and analyse the contemporary European reality, such as the cultural and linguistic diversity of Europe, its political, economic and social structure, migration and immigration questions and the relationship of Europe with the world.

  • Culture
  • Democracy
  • Identity
  • Globalisation

At the end of this Course, the student should should be able to:

  • reflect on the European identity, democracy and culture;
  • reflect on the cultural and social policies of the European Union;
  • identify the past in the European present;
  • analyse the interaction between Europe and the world;
  • reflect on the presence of otherness.

  • Identity and identities
  • Cultural values and intercultural dialogue
  • The political structure of the European union and Europe's cultural diversity
  • Europe: continent of secularisation or post-secular societies?
  • Europe and Portugal (and globalisation)
  • Europe: Quo vadis?


  • A reading list is available online in each topic.
  • Vasco Graça Moura (2013). A Identidade Cultural Europeia. Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos.

Supplemental Bibliography:

  • Conceição, Eugénia da (2016). O Futuro da União Europeia. Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos.
  • Gil, Isabel Capeloa (org.) (2009). Identidade Europeia - Identidades na Europa. Universidade Católica Portuguesa.
  • Judt, Tony (2005). Postwar. A History of Europe since 1945. Penguin Press.
  • Lourenço, Eduardo (1990). Nós e a Europa, ou as duas razões. Imprensa Nacional – Casa da Moeda.
  • Silva, António Martins da (2013). Sistema Político da União Europeia Arquitetura, Funcionamento e Teorização. Almedina.
  • Triandafyllidou, Anna; Gropas, Ruby (2015). What is Europe? (21st Century Europe). Palgrave Macmillan.


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).

  • Knowledge in english (reading) is beneficial.