The study cycle presents two integrated objectives: 1) To offer students a broad multidisciplinary education, capable of providing them competences and knowledge that may enable them to better understand themselves and the regional, national, European and international universes – increasingly integrated and interdependent – in which they live, so that they may be able to insert themselves in a rational and critical fashion in these various universes and, there, develop a professional activity. Grounded upon Political Science, it opens itself to the plurality of scientific domains, which are summoned with a view towards the promotion of an integrated vision of our contemporary brave new world; 2) To attract students to research through their exposition to the research projects of the professors and motivating them to continue their studies, namely in the Master on International Relations of the University of the Azores or in the Master in European Studies.
The objectives of the cycle involve, mainly, the acquisition and application of fundamental knowledge in the scientific domains of Political Science and the correlative fields of Philosophy, History, Law, Foreign Languages and Economy. These domains are summoned with a view towards providing students competences that may lead them to understand the evolution, nature and functioning of the European Union, understood as a political community, and of the system of international relations – as well as their respective impact upon the national and regional political subsystems. In parallel, in a world marked by the disintegration of the traditional models of political order, we seek to form, in an Outermost Region of Europe, European citizens, identifying the Union and the system of international relations as being the new environments at our disposal to situate and develop our life projects, as European citizens, including a professional activity. The fulfilment of these objectives is measured in a variety of moments encompassing the evaluation that takes place at the level of each curricular unit and that which is undertaken by the University as a whole, namely in terms of the assurance of quality. It is, in this respect, important to underline the evaluation developed in the Pedagogical Commission of the study cycle as well as the contributions of former students and of the professors and specialists that visit us and collaborate with us. It is because of them that we have been able to improve the plan of study of the cycle. This evaluation on the part of the former students was precious in the process of adaptation of the study plan of the cycle to Bologna. At the present moment, the support of visiting professors and specialists assumes particular importance. Given the impossibility of assuring, in Ponta Delgada, a specialized faculty appropriate to that task, they allow us, in brief intensive courses, to assure the fulfilment of the objectives proposed, namely in terms of the development of the competences and of the specialized and practical knowledge of the concrete functioning of the European Union.
Those interested can apply for the course through one of the following national competitions organized by DGES: National Competition for Access and Admission to Public Higher Education; and Special Regimes. Application may also be possible through the following special competitions, organized by the University of the Azores: Special Competitions for Access and Admission to the University of the Azores (Over 23 Years, Holders of Technological Specialization Diploma, Holders of Higher Professional Technician Diploma, Holders of Other Higher Education Courses, Holders of dual certification courses in secondary education and specialized artistic courses); Regimes of Re-entry and Change of Institution / Course; Special competition for access and admission of international students to the University of the Azores. In all cases, the application is dependent on the candidates' compliance with the conditions required for this purpose. For more information on national competitions and the conditions of access and admission, consult the DGES page at www.dges.gov.pt, and for information on special competitions, consult the regulations available on our website.
Professional activity in the field of Political Science and European Studies in local, national and international institutions, and development and lobbying agencies Senior management of the European Union and its integration into the International System; Political party agents; Scientific research in the field of Political Science and European Studies.
Full- or part-time attendance, presence required in daytime schedule