Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Gender and Society - 2nd semester



Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas





Teacher in charge

Manuel Gaspar da Silva Lisboa, Sara Dalila Cerejo

Weekly hours

3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Teaching language



The students should acquire: a) knowledge and understanding of how values and behaviors differentiated by gender cross the whole social fabric and are sedimented and stigmatized in social roles, which by way of expectations, representations and individual and collective conduct constrain social action of men and women;
b) an understanding of economic, political, social and cultural processes and mechanisms, which, in different spatial and temporal contexts, contribute to the production and reproduction of such gender roles; c) a capacity for critical analysis and research of actual phenomena related to this topic; d) the ability to communicate clearly about the theories, concepts and research results in the thematic field of this curricular unit.



Subject matter

The syllabus is structured around the following topics:
1. From sex differences to gender differences
2. Emotion and reason in the social construction of gender inequality: a dichotomous story \\"in a grain of sand\\"
3. The place of gender in the public and in private spheres
4. Power and gender in economic and political contexts
5. Gender issues in violent cultures and spaces


- Amâncio, Lígia (1994). Masculino e Feminino. Porto: Afrontamento.
- Archer, John & Lloyd, Barbara (eds.) (2002). Sex and Gender. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2ª ed.).
- Ariès, Philippe & Duby, Georges (dir.) (1989-1991). História da vida privada. Lisboa: Círculo de Leitores (5 volumes, obra de consulta).
- Foucault, Michel (1999). «Sexuality and power», in Carret, Jeremy, Religion and culture by Michel Foucault. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp.115-130
- Lisboa, Manuel; Barroso, Zélia, Patrício, Joana & Leandro, Alexandra (2009). Violência de Género. Lisboa: CIG
- Lisboa, Manuel, Graça Frias, Ana Roque e Dalila Cerejo, \"Participação das Mulheres nas Elites Políticas e Económicas no Portugal democrático (1974-2004)\", Revista da Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas (18), 2006, pp. 163-187
- Sinclair, Amanda (1999). Doing Leadership Differently. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press
- Walby, Sylvia (20111). The Future of Feminism. Cambridge: Polity Press

Teaching method

Classes are structured according to three types of sessions: a) oral presentation by the lecturer covering the different points in the syllabus, with use of powerpoint, audio, and video; b) invited experts to lecture on relevants subjects for assignment work; c) final collective discussion of the individual students´ work.
Since this is a curricular unit that can be attended by students from various undergraduate courses, we would like to enhance and reflect the richness of this diversity, combining the oral presentations with the participation and critical comments of students.
The subject of the individual assignment is prearranged with the lecturer, to be considered a small essay to be used further on in the master´s final assignment.

Evaluation method

The assessmet is done through participation and class discussions (20%) and written work, to be delivered according to established schedule (maximum 4000 words, excluding annexes and bibliography) (80%).