Contemporary History
Cod: 31033
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: History
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This course unit offers a brief approach to the history of the world in the 19th and 20th centuries, with emphasis on Europe and its relations with other continents. Firstly, the course focuses on the origins, characteristics and impact of the revolutions in Europe and the American continent, in the transition from the 18th to the 19th centuries. Seconfdly, it will tackle the main political and social transformations of the 1800s. Finally, it will analyse the 20th century, from 1914 to our time. Students are expected to acquire a global overview of the great transformations in the contemporary world and closer knowledge of the problems of international relations.

• The contemporary world;
• The Revolutions;
• The Wars;
• The globalization.

• Explain the main facts and the great processes of change in the 19th and 20th centuries;
• Use appropriately historical concepts and vocabulary;
• Reflect critically and support his/her claims about selected historical documents;
• Related the present to the recent past, in order to a better understand world problems of our days.

1. The time of revolutions in Europe and in the American continent;
2. The long 19th century (1815-1914);
3. From 1914 to the end of the 20th century.

História do Século XIX ( Coord. de BERSTEIN, Serge e MILZA, Pierre,  Mem Martins, Publicações Europa - América, 1997.
HOBSBAWM, Eric -  A Era dos Extremos, História Breve do Século XX (1914-1991), Lisboa, Presença, 1996.
RÉMOND, Renè - Introdução à História do Nosso Tempo. Do Antigo Regime aos Nossos Dias, Lisboa, Gradiva, 1994.
ROBERTS, J.M  -  História do Século XX, 2 vols. , Lisboa, Presença, 2007.


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 and an e-mail address as well as to have computer literacy from the users' perspective.