PhD in Humanities

Teaching administration
Operational unit National and International PhD Programmes
Course administration
Operational unit National and International PhD Programmes

3 years
Controlling body
Collegio dei Docenti del Dottorato in Scienze Umane
Segreteria Scuola di Dottorato di Scienze Umanistiche
Graduate School
Arts and Humanities
Reference Department
Macro area
Disciplinary area
Literature, Arts and Social service

Learning outcomes

The teaching plan of the Doctoral program, whose principal aim is to let students learn research competences, is composed of (I) the identification of Thematic Areas in which the teaching plan is structured and (II) the presence of Research Methods Laboratories for the procedural, planning, and organizational competences.
1.Theories and practices of care (phenomenology of care ; philosophy of medicine; caregiving and well-being in care: caring in nursing. Aims: The principal aim of this research area is to investigate theoretically and empirically the practices of care. The investigation takes advantage from the conceptual and epistemological paradigms that have been maturated in the fields of moral philosophy, medicine and social psychology, which examine the care’s processes and organization of the contexts of life, of the qualitative and quantitative theories and studies in health and educational branch.
2.Gender and Cultural Studies (thought of sexual difference;  gender and queer studies; feminist theories and practices; education and intercultural competencies; cultural mediations; democratic citizenship; otherness and philosophy of cultures). Aims:  to investigate theoretically and empirically the ‘difference’ orientated in two directions. The first focuses on the various declinations of the categories of ‘gender’ and ‘sexual difference’, inserting a sexed point of view in the analysis of the theoretical and practical issues of the human sciences, while the second focuses on the cultural differences and their relations, by the means of the principal conceptual and epistemological paradigms, such as intercultural pedagogy and didactics, cross-cultural psychology and further disciplines, which study the opportunities, risks and possible interventions connected to globalization and multicultural coexistence.
3.Child Development and Education. (infant research and early inter-subjectivity; language acquisition and development; infancy and maternal language; education practices within day-care, preschool, and primary school; philosophy of relationality). Aims: to provide students with a solid background in theoretical and methodological competencens for the investigation in the area of child development in his/her social contexts and of the educational practices supporting this growth. The activities carried out in this area involve both the basic and applied research in clinical and educational practices with typical, atypical and at risk populations (e.g., children with language delay and impairment, children in immigrant families, etc.), and educational research in infant and primary school.
4. Training and organizational dynamics (differentiation and integration processes; values, organizational climate and culture;  personal development and well-being in organizational contexts; teacher education; training for trainers). Aims: to provide students with a theoretical, methodological and technical preparation in the field of studies regarding relationships, processes, training and development in organizations. The training course aims at developing interpretational and theoretical competences regarding human behaviour in organizational systems, useful to describe, assess, diagnose, explain and interpret the main phenomena and psycho-social processes in organizations.
5. History of ideas. ( Geneaology of philosophy praxis ; visual Studies; philosophy of art and music; philosophical and historical interpretation of pedagogy; critical theory of society and culture; questions of Anthhopology on postmodernity; hermeneutics.;epistemology and research critique;; Kulturgeschichte and History of philosophical concepts). Aims: this area investigates the broad horizons of the human sciences with particular emphasis on the history and methodologies of philosophy. Special attention is paid to the philosophical canon, to the most important interpretations and debates around key philosophers, and to their implications for contemporary thought. The approach is at once historical and theoretical, based not only on the historical influence of specific thinkers or schools of thought, but also on the significance of these for contemporary discussions.
By considering the Thematic Areas, the Doctoral Program proposes a cross teaching plan in the following directions:
  • critical analysis
  • quantitative analysis and measurement
  • qualitative analysis
  • systematic reviews and meta-analysis
  • ethical issues in research
  • evaluation and assessment techniques

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