Globalization, Citizenship and Identities
Cod: 41027
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: Sociology
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This course has as major objective the analysis of citizenship in the context of present-day globalization processes. Firstly, it addresses the main dimensions of globalization, focusing on the emergence of new citizenships. Secondly, it examines the cultural, religious, territorial and gender identities’ formation processes, discussing their impact on the struggles for recognition of new citizenship rights in the era of globalization

Civic Participation

1. Identify the multiple dimensions of globalization (social, cultural, economic and political).
2. Understand the new notions of citizenship in the context of globalization and of nation states’ erosion of regulation regimes.
3. Discuss the struggles for the recognition of minorities’ rights.           
4. Strenghten critical analytical skills.


I. Different Dimensions of Globalization
II. Globalization, Nation-state and New Citizenships
III. Identities, Diversity and Citizenship Rights
IV. New Paradigms of Civic Engagement  and Citizenship

Selected texts from the required bibliography:
Carvalhais, I. E. (org.), 2008,  Cidadania e Pensamento Político Contemporâneo, Estoril: Principia.
Castells, M. , 2003, O Poder da Identidade, Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
Sousa Santos, B. (org.) (2004), Reconhecer para Libertar. Os Caminhos do Cosmopolitismo Multicultural, Porto: Edições Afrontamento.                                                                                            
Sousa Santos, B. (org.), 2001, Globalização. Fatalidade ou Utopia?, Porto: Edições Afrontamento.
Complementary readings and web resources available online in the virtual classroom.                                            



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

Students are required to have access to a computer with Internet connection as well as digital literacy to work at Moodle platform. English language  knowledge is required.