The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world

2013 UMD - ISEG-UTL Summer Study Abroad

2013 UMD - ISEG-UTL Summer Study Abroad

June 9 - July 7, 2013

Director: Prof. Michael Baum

UMass Dartmouth's Political Science Department, the International Programs Office (IPO),
the UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies & Culture, the Luso-American Foundation,
and the Instituto Superior e Economia e Gestão, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa ( ISEG-UTL)

Administered through UMass Dartmouth's International Programs Office and Professional and Continuing Education


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Welcome to Portugal!

summerStudy in Portugal Summer Program

Lisbon, Portugal's capital city, is one of Europe's most picturesque and vibrant cities. In 2010 it was elected for the second time as Europe’s Leading City Break Destination in the World Travel Awards (WTA) – the world’s most prestigious tourism awards-- beating out such cities as Madrid, London, Prague, and Istanbul.

Visitors who have not seen the city in the last 10-15 years will find Lisbon to be one of Europe's most cosmopolitan capitals. Home to nearly 2 million people, many of whom hail from other countries in the Lusophone world, the greater Lisbon metropolitan area offers a vital comparative perspective for understanding contemporary Southern Europe and the political economy of European Union membership. Students will explore this theme of European integration both inside and outside of the classrooms at ISEG, our institutional partner. Besides our visits to famous historic sites of interest in the city center, numerous guided visits will also introduce students to "The New Lisbon" and its relationship to regions outside the capital, as well the EU. In Lisbon these visits include such places as: the National Parliament, the Belem Presidential Palace, and Nations Park, the site of the 1998 World's Fair and one of Europe's foremost urban renewal projects. Outside of Lisbon we will enjoy an overnight trip to the Unesco World Heritage city of Evora, including a tour of the vast wine and cork-producing estates of the Alentejo region; Setubal and its Serra da Arrabida coastal region; and finally a day-trip and guest lecture at the University of Coimbra, one of the world's oldest universities. Free weekends allow students the freedom to explore other regions of interest as well, for example short trips to Porto or the Algarve.

sap36 Hours in Lisbon

The New York Times Article
By Seth Sherwood
Published: January 27, 2011


sapIn Lisbon, Sowing the Seeds of Culture

The New York Times Article
By Seth Sherwood
Published: February 18, 2011


Program Introduction

summerThis innovative four-week program in Lisbon, Portugal will offer students the opportunity to explore the political and cultural environment of this wonderful city. Students will take two courses for the duration of four weeks in Lisbon. These are UMass Dartmouth courses in the area of Political Science, taught in English by recognized experts in the field. Credits will be available both at the undergraduate or graduate levels. Courses fulfill General Education G requirements for UMass Dartmouth students. Qualified students should have an overall 2.5 GPA and be in good academic and social standing.

The program is sponsored by UMass Dartmouth's Political Science Department, the International Programs Office (IPO), the UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies & Culture, the Luso-American Foundation, and the Instituto Superior e Economia e Gestão, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (ISEG-UTL).


Program Requirements

Students will need to fulfill the following requirements in order to apply to this program:


Program Courses

SummerPSC 393/593 - Political Economy of EU Integration (3-credits)
Prof. Michael Baum, UMass Dartmouth

This course will describe the major political, economic, and demographic shifts in Portuguese society that have accompanied the European integration process, as well as the impact of EU integration on Portuguese agriculture, fishery, industrial, welfare state and educational policies. The timeframe will essentially cover the last 30 years of Portuguese history, but after a brief introduction to the role of the Portuguese revolution, most of our discussions, readings, and class visits will be about Portugal since 1986, the year it and Spain joined the EU. Students will finish the course with a first-hand understanding of how European integration and expansion continue to impact a small open economy on Europe’s periphery. Students will be encouraged to think about how the lessons learned in Portugal might be instructive for the newest members of the EU club. Students will also be encouraged to conduct first-hand interviews with Portuguese entrepreneurs, academic experts, labor leaders, farmers, and/or fellow students for the purposes of producing a research project on one aspect of Portuguese society/political economy that especially fascinates them.


Antonio Goucha SoaresPSC 394/594 - Politics of European Integration (3-credits)
Prof. Antonio Goucha Soares, ISEG-UTL

The purpose of this course is to give a general overview of the main features of the so-called process of European integration, that is, the process initiated after World War II and that lead to the establishment of the European Union. During the course we will also discuss the major constraints that actually face European construction, like the enlargement to the eastern countries and the finality of European integration. The course will concentrate on the major constitutional transformations that have occurred over time, namely the adoption of the Single European Act, the Maastricht Treaty (that established the European Union), the Amsterdam and Nice Treaties, and the ongoing effort to ratify a Constitution for the EU. It will also discuss the great challenge of institutional reform that faces the European Union in the new century and the role of small-medium member states like Portugal. The approach will be mainly centered on political and institutional affairs. It will not require a background in European integration, although some knowledge in European studies may be an advantage.


Program Faculty

BaumMichael Baum, UMass Dartmouth
Academic Program Coordinator

Michael Baum (Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 1997; M.A., University of Toronto, 1988; B.A. Gettysburg College, 1987) is associate professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He serves as co-chair of the Iberian Studies Group at Harvard University (2000-present) an executive board member of UMass Dartmouth's Center for Portuguese Studies (1997-present), and an affiliate of UMass Dartmouth's Women's Studies Program (2004-present). His teaching fields include comparative politics, contemporary Portugal, transitions to democracy, political economy, and development theory.

Baum has twice been the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship to Portugal. His research has been published in scholarly journals in both English and Portuguese, including the European Journal of Political Research, West European Politics, South European Society & Politics, and Analise Social, among others. Current research topics focus on contemporary southern European politics, in particular electoral behavior in Portugal, the gender gap in political behavior, civil society and democratization, and the nature of support for gender equality in Europe.


Antonio Goucha SoaresProfessor Antonio Goucha Soares, ISEG-UTL

António Goucha Soares earned his PhD degree in Law at the EUI, Florence (1996), after graduating from the Lisbon Law School (1985) and the College of Europe, Bruges (1987).

He is Jean Monnet Professor of European Law at ISEG – Technical University of Lisbon, where he serves as Vice-President of the Scientific Council. He was Visiting Professor at Brown University (1999 and 2003).

He is the author of A Livre Circulação de Pessoas na Europa Comunitária (Fragmentos, 1990), Repartição de Competências no Direito Comunitário (Cosmos, 1996), A Carta dos Direitos Fundamentais da União Europeia (Coimbra Ed., 2002), A União Europeia (Almedina, 2006), Concorrência. Estudos (Ed., with M. Marques; Almedina, 2006), and he has also published a number of scholarly articles in the fields of European law, European integration and competition policy in refereed journals such as European Law Review, Liverpool Law Review, European Public Law, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, European Competition Law Review, Econômica and World Competition.


Program Cost

Cost includes:

Financial aid may be used for overseas study. Students should apply through their own University. There will be a limited number of partial scholarships to qualified participants who have fulfilled program requirements and met program deadlines. Scholarship Application available here, due date April 1, 2013

R/T airfare

Food and spending money


"Lisbon is easy on a Budget" - article with slide show and useful links


Apply Now!

Deadline for Applications is March 30, 2013.