The vision of the PhD programme is framed in its title: “Sociology: knowledge for open and inclusive societies” (OpenSoc).
We depart from a main strategic assumption: the relevance of the knowledge produced by social sciences (particularly sociology) for understanding and intervening in contemporary reflexive societies. Understanding implies the critique of common sense and taken for granted “prenotions”, as well as the construction of adequate theory and concepts that foster a coherent framework to interpret reality, which is then methodologically put to proof and validated in empirical settings. Fundamental knowledge is to be nurtured by itself; but it also enhances the capacity of translating theory into informed and targetted social action and intervention. Societies need sociology. And sociology feeds society.
The Consortium involves prestigious public higher education institutions in Portugal – the University of Lisbon (ULisboa, ranked 2nd in scientific production among all Latin American universities), the Nova University of Lisbon (UNL, one of the top universities
under 50 years old, according to the ranking of QS Top 50 Under 50), the University of Evora (UE) and the University of Algarve (UAlg). All these institutions share a set of educational, scientific and cultural values. They all state in their mission the building of research-oriented universities, committed to intellectual liberty, top quality teaching and learning, innovation and technology transference capable of changing science and society. Departing from Portugal, they include a European dimension and are open to the world. A close proximity between research and post-graduation studies is considered central.
The Consortium integrates the following schools: ICS-ULisboa (coord.), FCSH (UNL), ISCSP (ULisboa), ISEG (ULisboa), UEvora and the FE (UAlg).
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