Educational plan

Overview

The first year is entirely devoted to core common courses. Student will attend courses addressing cutting-edge topics in political science, political philosophy and moral phiosophy that provide insights about concepts and approaches crucial to tackle questions currently at the centre of public discussion. Students will also acquire competences in history, economics, law and sociology that will enable them to frame debated public questions in a broader and more sophisticated perspective.

During the second year, students will receive specific training in argumentative strategies and empirical methodologies and they will have the chance to study in depth a wide array of topics organized into two main areas: “Technology, science and society” and “Prosperity, peace and international affairs”. Within these two main areas, students will have the chance to autonomously define their study plan according to their interests and based on the professional profile they intend to develop.

PPPA’s Thematic Areas

Includes courses critically addressing the import and the ethical implications of scientific and technological development, with a special emphasis on pressing questions concerning environmental studies, bioethics, neuroethics, biopolitics, on the challenges of the information society and on the new dynamics of media systems.

Comprises courses focusing on current socio-economic and political developments and their effects on individual life chances, individual rights, social policies and schemes of distributive justice as well as courses addressing the dilemmas connected to new forms of war and conflict.


Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs (Classi LM-62/ LM-78)-Enrolled from 2019/2020 Academic Year
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Conflicts and Political Legitimacy 12 80 English SPS/01
Society, Politics and Institutions: Stability and Change 12 80 English SECS-P/01 SPS/04
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Facts, Principles and Hard Choices 6 40 English M-FIL/03
The Western Tradition: Moral and Political Values 12 80 English M-FIL/06 SPS/02
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Economy and Society: Past, Present and Perspectives 6 40 English SECS-P/04
Migrations, Diversity and Non-Discrimination 12 80 English IUS/07 SPS/07
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
The Information Society: the Epistemology of Big Data 6 40 English M-FIL/02
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Governing the Future: Goals and Tools 9 60 English SPS/04
Optional
Biopolitics: Bodies, Health and Food 6 40 English M-FIL/05
Communications Technology and Society 6 40 English SPS/08
Dirty-Hands Politics: War, Terrorism, Torture 6 40 English SPS/01
Human Development and Mobility in A Changing World 6 40 English M-DEA/01
Neuroethics and Human Enhancement 6 40 English M-FIL/03
Wars of Images 6 40 English M-FIL/04
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Differences, Inequalities and The Politics of Law 6 40 English IUS/20
Global Political Economy and Social Policy 6 40 English SPS/04
Justice and International Affairs 6 40 English SPS/01
Media Ethics 6 40 English M-FIL/03
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Bioethics 6 40 English SPS/01
Ethics and Ecosystems 6 40 English M-FIL/03
Conclusive activities
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final Exam 21 0 English
Optional activities and study plan rules
1 - Students must earn 18 credits/ects by selecting 3 courses/activities among those listed below.

Please note, for facilitating students' choice, the courses/activities are organized into two thematic areas as follow:

Technology, science and society:
Bioethics
Biopolitics: bodies, health and food
Ethics and ecosystems
Neuroethics and human enhancement
Society, media and digital ethics
The information society: the epistemology of big data

Prosperity, peace and international affairs
Differences, inequalities and the politics of law
Dirty-hands politics: war, terrorism, torture
Global political economy and social policy
Human development and mobility in a changing world
Justice and international affairs
Wars of images
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Bioethics 6 40 English Third trimester SPS/01
Biopolitics: Bodies, Health and Food 6 40 English First trimester M-FIL/05
Communications Technology and Society 6 40 English First trimester SPS/08
Differences, Inequalities and The Politics of Law 6 40 English Second trimester IUS/20
Dirty-Hands Politics: War, Terrorism, Torture 6 40 English First trimester SPS/01
Ethics and Ecosystems 6 40 English Third trimester M-FIL/03
Global Political Economy and Social Policy 6 40 English Second trimester SPS/04
Human Development and Mobility in A Changing World 6 40 English First trimester M-DEA/01
Justice and International Affairs 6 40 English Second trimester SPS/01
Media Ethics 6 40 English Second trimester M-FIL/03
Neuroethics and Human Enhancement 6 40 English First trimester M-FIL/03
The Information Society: the Epistemology of Big Data 6 40 English Second semester M-FIL/02
Wars of Images 6 40 English First trimester M-FIL/04
Undefined
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
History and Politics of European Cooperation Since 1919 9 60 English SPS/04
Optional activities and study plan rules
3 - Students must earn 9 credits/ects for elective activities (additional courses of their choice)
4 - Students must earn 3 credits/ects choosing from: internship, workshops, other activities (e.g. advanced computer skills, advance foreign language).