Ph.D.s in Political Studies

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Starting from the XXXIX cycle (AY2023/2024), the Department of Political Science hosts the following two Ph.D.s courses: Ph.D. in Political Science and Ph.D. in Government, Economy, and Institutions.

Ph.D. in Political Science

Ph.D. Coordinator: prof. Link identifier #identifier__6382-2Giorgio Caravale
Deputy Coordinator: prof. Link identifier #identifier__109223-3Leopoldo Nuti

The Ph.D. in Political Science, run by the Department of Political Science of Roma Tre University, offers a Curriculum lasting three years for Master’s degree graduate students in Social Sciences (Political Science, International law, Sociology) and Humanities.

The purpose is to educate scholars or professionals who have a research-related background on a broad range of politics-linked issues.

The Ph.D. is divided into two Curricula:

Gender Studies
European and International Studies

The Ph.D. program as well as the Department is founded on the belief that an inter-disciplinary approach (enriched at the same time by other disciplines studying politics) is the basis on which to study contemporary politics in its complex dimensions. The Ph.D., divided into Curricula, aims at the education in research in several scientific sectors which include different approaches towards political issues: from language to culture, from history to anthropology, to international legal, historical-economical, and sociological subjects. The integration between disciplinary peculiarities and cross-disciplinarity is both the vocation and the essential requirement of the Ph.D., and it constitutes one of its strengths. The Ph.D. is therefore linked to an inter-disciplinary methodology, for research in politics at international level in constant use nowadays, particularly it is inspired to Ph.D.s with these features run by reference institutions in this field such as Sciences Po in Paris or the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Internationalization, as well, plays a key role in the Ph.D.:

  • adoption of teaching methods, such as the “Doctoral Training Programs” already successfully tested abroad (Sciences Po)
  • ongoing exchange of Professors among European and American universities
  • planning, for Ph.D. students, of a significant study period abroad
  • participation of foreign Ph.D. students, unusual in similar Ph.D.s, to whom a scholarship is reserved
  • participation of academics from foreign universities in the Teaching Board

Moreover, the curricula “Gender Studies” is one out of only three in this field in Italy and, if compared to other programs with a historical, philosophical and cultural approach, it is uniquely characterized by its attention to anthropological, legal, sociological, political, and historical aspects.

The Ph.D., in addition to traditional opportunities for university research in the wide range of political studies, is geared towards high professional profiles such as management, diplomacy, European and international institutions, journalism and media studies, documentation, sociocultural services, peer institutions.

Ph.D. in Government, Economics and Institutions

Ph.D. Coordinator: prof. Link identifier #identifier__121319-4Massimo Siclari

The Ph.D. course has the purpose to educate young researchers having previously studied economics, public politics, law and with a basic knowledge in the use of various analysis methods, in the field of Social Sciences. Ph.D. students, once the course of study is completed, will have the necessary tools to successfully undertake research activity at high level in the financial-economic field, in the legal and in the public policies fields, having gained a wide academic specialization.

The Ph.D. is divided into three Curricula:

  • Policies, law and institutions: related to issues which lie throughout the institutional action of public policies, constitutional and public law, administrative and private law, comparative and European law.
  • Economics, statistics and institutions: related to issues of theoretical economics, international finance, institutional economics, public finance, labor economics and human resources, public policy evaluation, circular economy and environmental sustainability, business administration.
  • Social sciences for innovation and reform: related to complex issues in the field of social sciences already debated by inter-disciplinary epistemic communities, it is therefore required a study that integrates the disciplinary field (public policies, law or economics) and openness to historical reconstruction, comparative analysis, statistical recognition and any kind of disciplinary mixture promoting a better understanding, description and analysis of research topics. The topics that will be covered are those of corruption, different sectoral regulations, labor market regulation, digital and environmental transition, competition, conservation and protection of natural resources, business-to-consumer relations.

The Ph.D. foresees the attendance of mandatory courses, delivered mainly in Italian and in English, held by professors, members of the Board of Ph.D.s or by other professors of qualified national and international universities and institutions.

The courses intend to provide the minimum knowledge requirements on the following subjects: administrative law, constitutional law, private and public law, European Union law, macroeconomics and microeconomics, economics policy, labor and human resources economics, econometrics, applied economics, business economics, statistical methods and quantitative methods applied to economics and finance.

During the first year, basic knowledge is integrated by optional courses that can be activated according to the preferences expressed by students and their specific research interests; these courses can also be attended at the national and international partner institutions. During the second and third year, students will attend seminars, summer/winter schools and workshops concerning topics matter of their research and will draft the final examination in the subject area of their specialization.

A period of study and research in foreign partner universities is encouraged, as well as the co-tutorship and visiting scholars’ agreements. During these stays Ph.D. students will develop their degree thesis project and will identify external co-supervisors.

Students already attending , in Italy or abroad, a Ph.D. or post-graduate courses (Advanced Professional courses, etc.) are not admitted.

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Simone Civiero 10 November 2023