Master in Contemporary Philosophy: Values and Society

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The study cycle in Contemporary Philosophy – Values and Society has two main objectives. First, aims to promote students' interest in research in nuclear domains of Philosophy, such as Ethics, Political Philosophy, Aesthetics, Epistemology, Ontology and the Philosophical Hermeneutics. To this end, seeks to enable students with a set of concepts, theories, methodologies and fundamental problems of Western philosophical thought. Second, seeks to respond to the expectations of the high-ranking civil servants and of the corporate sector, as well as recent graduates, especially in Philosophy, that aims to deepen their scientific preparation, with special emphasis on the theme of values, providing the development of skills, oral and written, that are fundamental to a reflective and critical intervention in contemporary society.


Regarding the learning outcomes, the study cycle aims to the deepening of knowledge in the nuclear areas of Philosophy. Therefore, seeks to furnish students with a set of concepts, theories, methodologies and fundamental problems of Western philosophical thought. The aim is also the development of critical and reflective capabilities on relevant philosophical issues and, above all, ensuring skills, oral and written, required for the students’ research and decisive to the writing of the dissertation. These objectives are operationalized in the curricular units, based in scientific methodologies, in depth investigation and, especially, in the students' autonomous research work. The information on the degree of fulfilment of the learning outcomes is achieved through the performance of students in the different curricular units and, especially, at the public examination of the masters’ thesis.

Admission Requirements

Those who meet the following conditions may apply to the cycle of studies that leads to the mestre degree: a) Holders of the licenciado (bachelor) degree in Philosophy, European Studies and International Politics, History, Cultural Patrimony, Sociology, Social Communication and Culture, Basic Education, or related fields, or legally equivalent qualifications; b) Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum vitae that is recognized by the Scientific Council of the University of Azores as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies.

Professional Opportunities

Senior management of public or professional administration in a private sector entity; Diplomat; Cultural advisor.


Ponta Delgada

Course Code


ECTS Credits



2 Years

Study Regime

Full-time attendance, presence required in after-work schedule


  • Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • ACEF/2122/0504247
  • Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • R/A-Ef 2857/2011 de 18-03-2011

Study Program

Code Name Year Semester
0200666Crisis of the State and Renewal of Polical1st year1st semester
0200719Moral Values and Social Issues 1st year1st semester
0200700Place of Philosophy in the contemporary Society 1st year1st semester
0200687Challenge and Contemporary Aesthetics 1st year2nd semester
0200718Human Rights and Glabalization 1st year2nd semester
0200682Science and Development1st year2nd semester
0200678Dissertation2nd yearYearly
0200945Research Seminar2nd year1st semester

Optional Curricular Subjects

Code Name Year Semester
0200706Creativity Hermeneutics1st yearSemestrial
0200695Issues of Compared Culture 1st yearSemestrial
0200709Contemporaneous Portuguese Thought1st year1st semester
0200669Cultural Philosophy: Contemporary Problems1st year1st semester
0200716HIstoriography, memory an identity1st year1st semester
0200673Literature and Philosophy1st year2nd semester
0200686Literature and Society1st year2nd semester
0200704Political History and Diplomacy1st year2nd semester
0200714Pratical Rationality1st year2nd semester