The curricular unit aims at giving the students knowledge about the main theoretical positions on cultural representation through the study of the systems of representation. The study of the production and circulation of meaning through language is designed to foster competences of cultural analysis, within the concept that culture is more than a set of things (like novels, painting, music or TV programs) but that it is also a process and a set of practices. Through the study of representations, the students will develop competences for the interpretation of shared meanings in the same culture and a better understanding of the way cultural meanings organize and regulate social practices, influence our conduct and consequently have real, practical effects. The study of different theories of representation and of different case studies, both in time and space, should contribute to the development of the awareness about difference and "the other" and to a better understanding of the instruments that have built and legitimized discursive formations that led to specific "regimens of truth".
5 ECTs / Semester / Portuguese