Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Seminar in Territorial Management Methodologies - 1st semester



Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas


Geografia e Planeamento Regional



Teacher in charge

Maria Dulce Pimentel

Weekly hours

1,5 letivas + 0,5 tutorial

Teaching language



The seminar is part of the non-teaching component and is intended to support the design and selection of appropriate methodological development of research projects (dissertation/project/internship).

a) Develop appropriate research methodologies on Territorial Management;
b) Develop research skills, argumentation and communication in Territorial Management;
c) Deepen the knowledge on theories and research methods in geography;
d) Promote students’ autonomous work in the various stages of the research process;
e) Master transversal methods and techniques in land management;
f) Understand the implications of its use and the ability to choose the most appropriate methodologies to study the subject and objectives;
g) Literature research in digital and traditional repositories, as well as critical reading of the sources;
h) Preparation and presentation of scientific papers.


Completion of the first year of the Master´s degree in Territorial Manegement.

Subject matter

1) Introduction to research methods in Land Management. Problematizing territory issues.
2) Project design
2.1) Research and practice issues
2.2) Problem definition
2.3) Objectives and assumptions
2.4) References and sources
2.5) Critical review of the literature
2.6) Choosing the methodology
3) Methods and techniques for collecting and analyzing information
3.1) Quantitative
3.2) Qualitative
3.3) Critical analysis from examples
4) Drafting the dissertation / report
4.1) Difficulties and most frequent errors
4.2) Quotes, references and plagiarism
5) Presentation and discussion of methodology proposals for the research projects.


André, I. (2005). Metodologias de Investigação em Geografia Humana. Lisboa: CEG/UL.
Clifford, N. J, French, S.,Valentine, G. (ed.) (2010). Key Methods in Geography (2ª ed.). London: Sage.
Neville, Colin (2013). Introduction to research and research methods, Bradford University School of Management.
Coutinho, C. P. (2011). Metodologia de Investigação em Ciências Sociais e Humanas: teoria e prática. Lisboa: Almedina.
Eco, U. (2007). Como se faz uma tese em Ciências Humanas (15ª ed.). Lisboa: Editorial Presença, 240p.
Limb, M. & Dwyer, C. (eds.) (2001). Qualitative Methodologies for Geographers. Issues and Debates. London: Arnold
Maxwell, J. A. (2013). Qualitative Research Design. An Interactive Approach (3 ª ed.) London: Sage Publications.
Quivy, R. & Van Campenhoudt. L (2008). Manual de Investigação em Ciências Sociais. Lisboa: Gradiva.
YIN, R. K. (2013). Case Study Research. Design and methods (5ª ed.). California: Sage.

Teaching method

Theoretical classes encouraging students´ participation, featuring case studies.

Evaluation method

The evaluation is based on the writen and oral presentations of the methodology most suited for the project, intership report or dissertation developed by the student.
Essay (60%)
Oral presentation (20%)
Participation and attendance (20%)