Our Department was born out of an idea and a challenge. The idea was to bring together all those scholars working in our University in the political, social and cognitive sciences. The challenge is to build a community of scholars interested in working together, in an interdisciplinary way, on common research projects and in offering courses which will be more in line with the needs of our society and able to train students for the new professions and the specialisations of the social sciences. This is quite an innovative step in the cultural academic tradition of Italy. In the past, only a few Italian departments have hosted such a plurality of scientific and methodological approaches that cut across traditional scholarly disciplines.
Our Department offers courses across the full spectrum of Italian degrees: three-year degrees (lauree triennali), two-year MA degrees (lauree magistrali), Masters, Special schools and a Ph.D. Our Department is administratively in charge of the degree in Science of Social Service (Scienze del Servizio Sociale - L39) and of Communication, Language and Culture (Comunicazione, Lingue e Culture - L20); of the two-year degree in Anthropology and Visual Studies (Antropologia e Linguaggi dell'Immagine - LM1) and in Linguistics, Persuasive Communication, Technology and Cognitive Studies (Linguistica e comunicazione persuasiva, tecnologie e studi cognitivi - LM39); of several Masters at first (Human Rights, Communication for Business, Application Design and mobile web services) and second level (Euromaster, Politics in Europe); of the "Scuola di Specializzazione" in Demo-Etnoanthropology (Beni Demo-etnoantropologici), in collaboration with the University of Florence and Perugia, and of the Ph.D Program in Political Science – Comparative and European Politics.
Our Department is active at both national and international level, with several faculty members running national, European and international research projects as well as projects at local and regional level and with private foundations. We enjoy a good research ranking in our University. Such a diverse number of scientific disciplines, methodological approaches and research interests makes ours a vibrant and lively academic community.
Institutions are made of those who enliven it. Our department includes 43 faculty members, 11 members of our administrative and technical staff, about 30 post-docs and more than 900 students at different levels.
I hope you will find our website useful to understand better our research interests and what our faculty members and students do. If you are thinking of enrolling in one of our courses, you will find useful information on both the content of our courses and the nature of our teaching program. Those of you who already studying in our Department will find information on courses, the research the faculty members do and the activities organized by the Department. If you are interested in establishing a research collaboration with members of our Department, you will find our main sectors of research activity, our scientific expertise and background and the on-going projects on which we are working right now.
On behalf of the entire Departmental community, my warmest welcome.