Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Communication and Social Sciences



Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas


Ciências da Comunicação



Teacher in charge

Ana Rato Jorge, Cristina Ponte

Weekly hours


Teaching language



This course provides an overview of a series of social sciences’ “schools”, authors, concepts and methodologies, that are relevant in the communication research and in Reading communicational phenomena in contemporary societies.
a) To develop analytical and synthetical capacities
b) To know the theoretical and social conditions of the emergence of the social theory
c) To acknowledge the method quarrel and the attempts to overcome it
d) To learn classical social theories and the tendencies of the evolution of social science and research
e) To acknowledge the social and cultural diversity and develop critical reasoning
e) To be capable of analysing contemporary social facts applying social theories.



Subject matter

1. Social sciences: Historical framing, key concepts
2. Classical theorists: Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Georg Simmel.
3. Chicago School I (1900-1930): intellectual influences; the research of communicative phenomena in different social fields; the emergence of qualitative methods.
4. Chicago School II (1960’s): norm and deviance; H. Becker and Goffman
5. Overcoming the individual/social and the action/structure dichotomies. Norbert Elias, the historical and social perspective; Pierre Bourdieu and the critical sociology.
6. Communication in the late modernity. Risk perspectives and media’s role in contemporary societies.


CRUZ, Manuel Braga da (2004). Teorias sociológicas. Os fundadores e os clássicos (Antologia de Textos). Lisboa, Fundação Gulbenkian.
DEVEREAUX, Eoin (2007). Media Studies. London: Sage
GOFFMAN, Erving (1999). Os Momentos e os seus Homens. Lisboa, Relógio d´Agua.
LUPTON, D. (1999). Risk. London: Routledge.
PAIS, J. M. (2010). Lufa-Lufa Quotidiana. Ensaios sobre cidade, cultura e vida urbana. Lisboa, Imprensa de Ciências Sociais

Teaching method

Oral exposition of the concepts/theories of the curriculum unit, as well as discussion of case studies and theories.

Evaluation method

Assessment consists of a written exam (60%) as well as of the participation in discussion of texts and cases in class and performance in group work. (40%)