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History Of Physical Education and Sports


This UC promotes in students the ability to relate the knowledge of the themes worked throughout the classes with the problematization of current sport issues and the perspectives of their development, which will allow them to build a holistic thinking about the different dimensions of sport


Physical Education and Sport

Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS

| Semestral | 4

Year | Type of course unit | Language

1 |Mandatory |Português



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1. From the theory of Physical Education to Sport Sciences.
3.Culture and Sport: Conceptual structure of cultural dynamics; Sport as a cultural phenomenon.
3. Ancient civilizations
4. Classical Antiquity: From the Hellenic period to the Roman period.
5. Middle Ages: Physical activities with functional characteristics.
6. Modern age. The Renaissance Movement and the positions of humanists in relation to corporal education. Illuminist Movement in affirming the importance of recreational-sports activities.
7. Physical Education and sport in the 19th and 20th centuries: Military currents; Hygienist chains; The pedagogical currents; Sport chains.
8. The 20th century and the development and generalization of sport: From Gymnastics to the globalization of Sport
9.Physical Education and sport in Portugal: Foreign influences on the development of Physical Education in Portugal. The teaching of Physical Education in Portugal.
10. The Olympic movement in modernity


At the end of this U.C., students will be able to:

Understand the meaning of the concept of Physical Education and Sport, using historical terminology correctly.

Know how to analyze the characteristics of the various stages of Physical Education and Sport, relating them to the cultural context of each historical period.

To know the configurations of the different models of contemporary sport from the philosophical and ideological currents that justified them.

Be able to communicate their knowledge and reasoned reflections to different interlocutors;

Develop reflective capacity and critical thinking about body activities performed in the past, to understand sport in the present.

Teaching methodologies and assessment


In this UC, a theoretical-practical model will be privileged, integrating moments of structured presentation of content challenged by questioning and debate around the ideas and concepts presented. Collaborative work around texts about sports thinkers, with the active and critical participation of students. Elaboration / presentation of bibliographic research works related to the themes of the UC carried out individually or in groups. UC works in continuous assessment mode, in person, implying the presence in 75% of classes. The final classification results: 3 written tests (20% + 20% + 20), and 2 group works (20% + 20% that includes delivery, presentation and discussion). In the continuous assessment, students must obtain a minimum grade of 9.5 in the theoretical (2 written tests) and practical (assignments) components for approval by the UC. Students who do not pass will have access to the final written exam (100%).


Caillois, R. (1990)., Os jogos e os homens. A máscara e a vertigem, Lisboa: Editorial Cotovia.

Crespo, J. (2011). O processo de civilização do corpo em Portugal¿, Uma História do Desporto em Portugal. Corpo, espaços e media, Lisboa: Quidnovi

Crespo, J. (1990). A História do corpo, Lisboa: DIFEL

Garcia. R. & Bento, J. (1999). Contextos da Pedagogia do Desporto. Perspetivas e Problemáticas Lisboa: Livros Horizonte.

Monroy A. &  Saez, G. (2008). Historia del deporte : de la prehistoria al renacimiento. Sevilha: Wanceulen  

Pinheiro, F. (2011). Fazer história do desporto: Paradigmas e problemáticas. Revista Estudos do Século XX, 11, 4-20

Rodriguez López, J. (2008). Historia del deporte (3ª ed.) . Barcelona: INDE Publicacioones .
Rosário, A. T. (1996). O Desporto em Portugal. Reflexo e Projecto de uma Cultura. Lisboa: Instituto Piaget.

Serpa, H. (2007). História do desporto em Portugal:  do século XIX à Primeira Guerra Mundial. Lisboa: Instituto Piaget.













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