Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas




Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas


Ciências da Comunicação



Teacher in charge

Clara Nunes Correia

Weekly hours


Teaching language



a) To develop theoretical and practical skills concerning semiotics;
b) To identify the dominant strands of this field;
c) To acknowledge the latest developments of the semiotic turn;
d) To apply the aforementioned skills in the analysis of texts, images, and objects.



Subject matter

1. Introduction to the main conceptual distinctions of semiotics, drawing from the concepts symbol, sign and system.
2. Semiotics and semiology: linguistic and non linguistic signs
3. Linguistic system and non linguistic systems: the R. Barthes approach
4. Introduction to representational issues: meaning, sense and reference concepts.
5. Interpretative paths: methodological devices towards texts and images analyses.
6. Case studies:
6.1 typical problems concerning discourse analysis (advertising, media, a. o.);
6.2 typical problems concerning literary texts;
6.3 typical problems concerning multimodal texts.


Barthes, Roland, [1967] 1971. O sistema da Moda. Lisboa: Edições 70.
Eco, Umberto, [1962]1989. A Obra Aberta. Lisboa: Difel.
Eco, Umberto, (2015 Número Zero. Lisboa : Gradiva.
Foucault, Michel, 1987, A ordem do discurso, In: http://pt.scribd.com/doc/2520353/Michel-Foucault-A-Ordem-do-Discurso
Hawkes, Terence, 1977. Structuralism and semiotics. Berkeley /los Angeles: University of California Press.
Kress, G. & T. van Leeuwen, 1996. Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual Design. London: Routledge.
Nöth, Winfried ,1995 . Handbook of Semiotics. Bloomington / Indianapolis: Indiana University.
Peirce, C. S. (1931-1958). Collected Papers of Charles Sanders Peirce. C. Hartshorne, P. Weiss, & A. Burks. 1940. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Teaching method

This CU is theoretical-practical level. All classes will be schelluded (with a reference to specific bibliography related to a programmatic topic).
In class teaching.

Evaluation method

2 tests ( 40% each) in the total evaluation of the Unit. Different types of autonomous work will also be proposed. These works, which are not mandatory, will support the work in class. The weighting of the work carried out will be 20% of the final grade. )