European Society and Culture
Cod: 31113
Department: DH
Scientific area: Culture
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

The curricular unit aims to ponder on the importance of the Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman matrixes in terms of European identity. We analyze the transition from polytheism to monotheism  and the different aesthetic and political contributes of Greek and Roman cultures. In a third stage we analyze how these discourses were assimilated by European societies during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

  1. Society
  2. Culture
  3. Tradition
  4. Identity

To identify the polytheists and monotheists cultural matrixes.
To identify the concept pf polis.
To understand the importance of the rituals  for the coherence of the group.
To analyze the different contributes of the  cultural matrixes.

1. Classical backgrounds
2. The emergence of Christianity
3. Material and artistical representations of religiosity
4. From the Roman urbanity to Christian architectural discourse
5. Conceiving representations of humanity
6. Discourse and elocution – word and reason
7. Artistic mediations in the dialogue with the  transcendent
8. The invention of modernity

Boorstin, Daniel J.. Os Criadores – Uma História dos Heróis da Imaginação (Lisboa: Gradiva, 1993)
Lourenço, Frederico. Grécia Revisitada (Lisboa: Cotovia, 2004)
Mendonça, José Tolentino.A Leitura Infinita – Bíblias e Interpretação (Lisboa: Assírio & Alvim, 2008)


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%).