The department of sociology has been involved in research and training since 1990. The main focus of this training is a graduate program with a track on ‘society, participation and public policy’. The department developed this program because of the participation experiences that have taken place in Porto Alegre, the region where the university is located.
The department has a focus on studying the National Health Council, the State Health Council of Rio Grande do Sul, at least five municipal council of health (mostly Porto Alegre), a hospital council, a health unity (out patient) council, and other participatory mechanisms. They have also studied other experiences, such as participatory budget and participatory mechanisms in other social policy areas.
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