Modern History (Politics and Institutions)
Cod: 31044
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: History
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This course unit promotes the understanding of the profound logic of the institutional judicial mechanisms which marked Portuguese society of the Modern Age. Firtsly, the course unit discusses the coeval thinking on society, people and things, and later, it analyses the judicial order and the frames in which power is exercised.

1. Identifying fundamental features of the political and institutional constitution of the Portuguese ancien regime in its various components (such as the judicial and social ones);
2. Understanding and identifying evolutive processes which feature the chronological period being analysed;
3. Developing critical judgement and establishing syntheses of the material studied.

Part II: The imaginary of society and power
1.1. Society
1.2. People
1.3. Real situations and things in the law of the ancient regime
Part III: The Law
Part IV. The Powers
2. Church
3. Landlords
5. The Crown

HESPANHA, António Manuel - História de Portugal Moderno. Político e Institucional, Lisboa, Universidade Aberta, 1995.
Dicionário de História de Portugal, (dir. de Joel Serrão), 6 vols., Porto, Livraria Figueirinhas, 1990 (reedição).
Nova História de Portugal, (dir. Joel Serrão e A.H. de Oliveira Marques), vol. V – Portugal. Do Renascimento à Crise Dinástica, (coord. João José Alves Dias), Lisboa, Presença, 1998.
História de Portugal, vol III – No Alvorecer da Modernidade (1480-1620), (coord. Joaquim Romero Magalhães), Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 1993.
História de Portugal, vol IV – O Antigo Regime (1620-1807), (coord. António Manuel Hespanha), Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 1993.

Online learning with continuous supervision favoring asynchronous communication (Moodle platform).
Students have to perform the tasks requested by the teacher: essays, critical recensions, reports, protocols, etc. All works will be evaluated and/or classified.

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%).

Students are required to have access to a computer with Internet connection and an e-mail address.