Research Seminar
Cod: 42125
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: Social Sciences
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

The main objective of the research seminar is to provide students with the essential conceptual and operational tools for the design of their dissertation, project or traineeship report.
The curricular unit presents a learning course in which the students construct their knowledge in a collaborative and reflexive way, in critical sharing and debate with their colleagues and the teacher.
Students are challenged to evaluate and assess the implications of their theoretical and methodological choices in the context of the specificity of their chosen research work: dissertation, project and traineeship report.

Research project design
Critical reflection

1. Define, with rigor and precision, the research problem;
2. Explain theoretically the object of study and the objectives of the research;
3. Justify the methodological options of the research;
4. Recognize and apply the ethical prerequisites to the research;
5. Develop an original, rigorous and clear dissertation project; project or traineeship report

1. The research problem
2. The theoretical justification of the research
3. The methodological options / strategies for research
4. Ethical issues
5. Structure and framework of the dissertation project / the project / the traineeship report

Carmo, H. e Ferreira, M. M. (2015). Metodologia da investigação: guia para a auto-aprendizagem. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta. 3ª ed. (ebook) [disponível na livraria online da UAb]
Ghiglione, R. e Matalon, B.(1993). O inquérito. Teoria e prática. Oeiras: Celta.
Hesse-Biber, S. N. (ed.). (2012). Handbook of feminist research. Theory and praxis. London: SAGE.
Hill, M. e Hill, A. (2008). Investigação por questionário. Lisboa: Sílabo.
Baptista, C. e Sousa, M. J. (2011). Como fazer investigação, dissertações, teses e relatórios (Segundo Bolonha). Lisboa: Pactor.
Quivy, R e Campenhoudt, L. V. (1992). Manual de investigação em Ciências Sociais. Lisboa: Gradiva.
Nobre, G. F. (2014). Um Formato para Artigos Científicos em Ciência Sociais – position short paper (PSP). In Plataforma Barómetro Social, Instituto de Sociologia da Universidade do Porto, 23 de dezembro.
Universidade Aberta. (2014). Normas de Apresentação das Dissertações [Mestrado] e das Teses de (Doutoramento) da Universidade Aberta. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta. URL:
Comment: Bibliography and complementary audio and video resources will be available in the virtual class.


Evaluation is made on individual basis and it involves the coexistence of two modes: continuous assessment (60%) and final evaluation (40%). Further information is detailed in the Learning Agreement of the course unit.

Attending this curricular unit requires knowledge of the English, in order to read and interpret texts.