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Networks, Social Solidarities and Cohesion

Scholar Year: 2023/2024 - 1S

Code: LAS21    Acronym: RSCS
Scientific Fields: Ciências Sociais
Section/Department: Social Sciences and Education


Acronym N. of students Study Plan Curricular year ECTS Contact hours Total Time
LAS 34 Study Plan 5,0 60 135,0

Teaching weeks: 15


Carla Cibele Fiel Vasconcelos FigueiredoHead

Weekly workload

Hours/week T TP P PL L TC E OT OT/PL TPL O S
Type of classes


Type Teacher Classes Hours
Contact hours Totals 1 4,00
Ema Isabel Inácio   4,00

Teaching language


Intended learning outcomes (Knowledges, skills and competencies to be developed by the students)

Masters knowledge related to techniques of observation and diagnosis of interpersonal relationships within social groups.
¬Understands, within the scope of Sociology and Anthropology, the theoretical and methodological genesis of social networks.
¬Relates the concept of social network with similar ones, distinguishing its relevance and specificity in view of some characteristics of today's society.
¬Debates on the possibility of networks constituting an innovative way of building cohesion and social solidarity.
¬Analyzes the multiple meanings of network organizations in the field of social policies and practices.
¬Understands and characterizes the trajectory of a social network in context, knowing it from a conceptual and intervention point of view.
¬He knows how to integrate the knowledge acquired at the UC in the professional contexts of Sociocultural Animation.


1. In the beginnings of the network concept
¬The study of interactions within groups
¬The sociometric test and the construction and interpretation of sociogram(s)
¬Socigrams as a starting point for intervention with groups.
The study of interactions within groups
expressive group therapies
Sociodrama and the Theater of the Oppressed
2. Network typologies: differences in approach and relationships
¬ Personal networks – systems and people’s interaction circles
¬ Social networks – from the beginnings of the use of the concept to the current use
¬ Networks and construction of group identities
¬ Networking and building communities of practice
Political networks – the influence of social groups in the construction of policies
3.Networks and Social Cohesion
¬ Community practices of social solidarity
¬ Policies designed on the basis of social cohesion and social solidarity networks – the case of the social networks of municipalities.
¬ Network intervention in groups and communities
¬ Network intervention: social and cultural causes

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the UC intended learning outcomes

With this CU, it is intended that students deepen concepts related to knowledge and management of human groups, important in a course of this nature. This subject, although previously addressed in the UC Interpersonal Relations, is taken up here with other study and intervention techniques with which the students had no contact. Interpersonal relationships are worked on, considering them in their current dimension, that is, in a world of multiple and diverse forms of connections, some of them especially interesting for analyzing the potential of civil society in terms of cohesion and social solidarity. The area of ​​social networks is discussed here conceptually and from a multidimensional point of view, delving in depth, however, into the most significant social dimensions for the future profession, namely social networks within the scope of municipalities.

Teaching methodologies

Discussion in plenary and/or small groups based on information provided directly by the teacher or using texts and other materials;
¬Elaboration and interpretation of sociograms and analysis of intervention possibilities;
¬Viewing relevant audiovisual documents;
¬Collection of information and critical analysis on a network of cohesion and social solidarity¬ its objectives and work dynamics;
¬Seminars, visits and practical sessions with specialists: therapies and interpersonal development in groups, experiences of working in social networks of cohesion and social solidarity.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's intended learning outcomes

The methodology allows students to take ownership of the theoretical concepts - proposed through the teacher's exposition and the reading and debate of some reference texts. It is also proposed the conceptual contextualization in the professional area of ​​the course through practical work: application of a sociometric test and respective analysis and intervention proposal; empirical research of a social network whose objective is cohesion and social well-being. The works are proposed to the students as the program develops, thus allowing the assessment to be built around these products that are fully shared and discussed in the class.

Assessment methodologies and evidences

1. Participation in Classes - 25%

2.Group Work - 40%

3.Critical Review - 35%

Attendance system

75% attendance for students, 50% for student workers.


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