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Crime, Difference and Inequality (Master's) 2019/2020



Academic degree:
  • Master's degree
4 curricular semesters
Gualtar Campus, Braga
Main Scientific area:
  • Sociology


    Institute of Social Sciencies
    Campus de Gualtar
    4710 - 057 Braga

    Tel: 253604216/ 253604280 Fax: 253604697


This master outline combines skills on theoretical aproach with a practical orientation towards the promotion of social inclusiveness. It offers an advanced training that enables the pursuit of knowledge and skills aimed at understanding and intervening in society in areas such as crime, the unequal access to resources, the structuring processes of social exclusion and cultural diversity at the social, economic, political, and educational levels.
This master course sets up two key objectives that articulate in its implementation several areas of knowledge such as Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Law, in order to meet the demands of training and skills that: 1. Take into account the growing scientific and academic importance, both at the national and international level, of the approach of the phenomena of crime, social inequality and cultural difference, thus aiming to provide professionals with advanced training in scientific and academic research;
2. Consider the importance of the social phenomenon of crime and social inequality in societies increasingly vulnerable to insecurity and potential or actual social exclusion, as well as issues of cultural difference related with such phenomena, aiming to provide researchers and professionals with knowledge, methodologies and tools adapted to the intervention and social change in contemporary world.
The acquisition of these skills will be enhanced and strengthened in two ways:
1. By adopting teaching methods based on a combination of personal contact between teachers and students in a tutorial system, with autonomous work of students being oriented to the writing of essays, the participation in conferences and scientific debates;
2. By promoting the meeting of students with researchers and professionals working in the area of crime and inequality, in order to enable them to exchange experiences and creating contexts for the application of the knowledge and skills acquired, either through the integration in academic research activities, or by the integration in institutions accommodating a project of research/action.
It is also intended to provide students with in an interdisciplinary perspective that integrates concepts from the areas of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Law. In the first year, the course is oriented towards providing students with essential theoretical and methodological skills. In the second year, contexts for the application of these skills will be created by developing projects that will result in the production of a dissertation, under the scientific guidance of faculty members. These projects will be submitted to a public presentation and exam.

Access to higher education

This Master degree provides basic training to carry out a course of 3rd cycle (PhD) in the same scientific area, or other areas






Access forms

The access to this Cycle of Study can be done at the Students Portal of the University of Minho

This information does not replace consultation of Regulation Cycle Studies Conducive to Obtaining a Master Degree from the University of Minho and other documents.

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Not applicable.

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Aditional Information

Study Plan

Regime Curricular Unit Scientific Area ECTS
Year 1 60
S1 Criminal Law Matters D 7
S1 Development and Social Inequality SOC 6
S1 Psychology of Crime Psi 7
S1 Social Studies of Crime I SOC 10
S2 Culture Diference and Inequality D; A 7
S2 Justice and Social Reintegration SOC; A 5
S2 Research Seminar SOC; A 8
S2 Social Studies of Crime II SOC; A 10
Year 2 60
A Dissertation SOC; A 50
A Research Seminar SOC; A 10


A3ES Accreditation status:
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Registry number at Ministry:
R/A-Cr 35/2011
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