Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia
Departamento de Ciências Sociais Aplicadas
Teacher in charge
Maria Paula Pires dos Santos Diogo
* aquire improved speaking and writing skills in English
* improve listening skills in spoken and multimedia (podcasts, cd''''''''s, dvd''''''''s, sites, etc.) format
* read, interpret and analyse texts of a philosophical and/or literary nature as well as materials dealing with modernity and the impact of technoscience on contemporary culture
* explore sites, create bibliographies and comment on printed and multimedia sources pertaining to students'''''''' areas of study
English learned up to the 12th year of Secondary School or equivalent
I. Introduction to general themes of this course. A survey will be filled out by students, including a profile of each student''''''''s interests.
II. Interviews between teacher and students and between students and their peers concerning their interests, professional interests and plans (both present and future), travels, favorite authors, etc.
III. Analysis, interpretaton and debate with regard to excerpts of basic bibliography for this course, i.e,a. Anthony Giddens, Runaway Worldb. Mary Shelley, Frankensteinc. Manfred Steger, Globalizationd. Primo Levi, The Periodical Table
IV. Overview of themes discussed throughout course
Anthony Giddens, Runaway World
Manfred Steger, Globalization
Primo Levi, The Periodical Table
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
(also multimedia sites)
* attendance and active participation in the reading, interpretation and analysis of bibliography discussed, sites explored and multimedia sources examined
Evaluation in this course in ongoing. The final grade is therefore not based on test results or on a final exam:
a. attendance and active participation in classroom activities (40%)
b. students will form work groups of 5 peers in order to prepare the following projects to be handed in to the teacher at the end of the semester: (60%)
1. a poster prepared by each group (on a theme to be determined)
2. participation (individual) in one or more of the forums created on our Moodle site (at least two brief one-paragraph essays written by each student during the semester)
3. each group will be responsible for the preparation of a short, paragraph-long written essay based on readings and/or sites previously indicated by the teacher and studied by students before each respective class. These brief essays will be written in class then read aloud for debate and discussion. This activity will span eight (8) sessions/weeks of the semester.
At the end of the semester each student will meet with the teacher in order to discuss the work done throughout the semester as well as for the teacher to propose a final grade.