The Graduate Program in Political Sociology (PPGSP) of the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) is linked to the Department of Sociology and Political Science and is structured around seven lines of research that include 14 research centers and/or laboratories. On this page you will find the main information about the PPGSP, with the respective links that give access to the documents and the set of activities developed by our Program.

UFSC’s Graduate Program in Political Sociology (PPGSP) started in 1976, at which time the Specialization Program in Social Sciences was implemented, with areas of concentration in anthropology and sociology. In view of the positive results obtained, a proposal was made, in 1978, to create the Master’s Program in Social Sciences, which maintained the two previous concentration areas. A broad process of internal restructuring, carried out in 1985, eventually led to the splitting of this structure into two separate master’s: Political Sociology and Social Anthropology.

The main objectives of PPGSP are: to qualify students in the master’s and doctoral levels; to collaborate in the building of knowledge in the area of ​​political sociology, through the development of studies and research aimed at the social, cultural, economic and political phenomena that make up contemporary societies, especially towards the Brazilian scenario; to spread studies and research through publication in different vehicles (books, journals, proceedings, etc); to participate and exchange ideas in academic forums; and to collaborate and give knowledge back to the wider community, through a diverse set of outreach activities. PPGSP research topics cover a wide range of issues relevant to the understanding of social relations and social processes under approaches that acknowledge the interrelationships of social, economic, and political phenomena.

Our Program has the following Lines of Research:

1) Science, Health, and Environment;
2) Institutions, Political Behavior, and Public Policies;
3) Social Movements, Participation, and Democracy;
4) Political and Social Thinking;
5) Social Representations and Symbolic Productions;
6) Labor, Market, State, and Financial System.

The program has achieved  grade 5 out of 7 in the CAPES/MEC (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel of the Brazilian Ministry of Education) evaluation, and receives grants from CAPES/PROF and CNPq.