Research Paths

Political Studies

Courses and Research Paths

 

The Ph.D. in Political Studies offers a two-levels training programme. First, the acquisition of a common background on the most up-to-date knowledge and methods in the field of political science and political philosophy. Second, an individualized training programme in four main paths of specialization.

Below the list of courses for the A.Y. 2021-2022.

 

Institutions & Public Policy

 

The path on Institutions and Public Policy focuses on the analysis of contemporary political systems and their related issues, such as the functioning of parliaments, governments, and other political institutions at the national, local and European levels, the definitions of welfare programmes, the evaluation of public policies, the processes of democratization.

 

NASP compulsory methodology courses  Syllabi Credits
The Language of Mathematics in Contemporary Social Sciences Syllabus 6
Research Methods in Social and Political Sciences  Syllabus 3
Introduction to STATA  Syllabus --
Statistics for the Social Sciences  Syllabus 6
Statistics for the Social Sciences (Practical sessions)  Syllabus --
Applied Multivariate Analysis for Social Scientists B  Syllabus 3
         
NASP elective methodology course    
Applied Multivariate Analysis for Social Scientists A  Syllabus 3
or    
POLS elective methodology courses    
Qualitative Research Methods  Syllabus
     
POLS compulsory courses    
Empirical Political Theory  Syllabus 3
Game Theory  Syllabus  3
Logic and Epistemology of the Social Sciences  Syllabus  3
Political Philosophy  Syllabus  3
Topics in Rational Choice Institutionalism   Syllabus  3
     
POLS elective Courses    
Comparative Politics  Syllabus  3
Ph.D. students may select 1-2 courses from this list Syllabus  3
     
Other activities    
Project Colloquium    3
NASP International seminars    3
Summer schools / Conferences   2  
Research project  
     
Transferable skills courses    
Academic English for Social and Political Sciences Syllabus 3
Courses organized by the University of Milan   --
     

 

International Studies

The path on International Studies aims to provide the tools to interpret the international dimension of politics and the processes of mutual conditioning between the domestic and external spheres by discussing the main themes of the theory of International Relations and analyzing the most important sub-regional systems and the main international actors' foreign policies.

 

NASP compulsory methodology courses Syllabi      Credits     
The Language of Mathematics in Contemporary Social Sciences Syllabus 6
Research Methods in Social and Political Sciences  Syllabus 3
Introduction to STATA  Syllabus --
Statistics for the Social Sciences  Syllabus 6
Statistics for the Social Sciences (Practical sessions)  Syllabus --
Applied Multivariate Analysis for Social Scientists B  Syllabus 3
     
NASP elective methodology courses

 

 

Applied Multivariate Analysis for Social Scientists A Syllabus  3
or    
POLS elective methodology courses    
Qualitative Research Methods Syllabus   3
     
POLS compulsory courses    
Empirical Political Theory Syllabus 3
Game Theory Syllabus 3
Logic and Epistemology of the Social Sciences Syllabus 3
Political Philosophy Syllabus 3
Topics in Rational Choice Institutionalism   Syllabus 3
     
POLS elective Courses    
Geopolitics of the Contemporary International System Syllabus    3
Aseri Master's courses, offered by Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan Syllabus    3
Ph.D. students select 1 course from this list Syllabus    3
     
Other activities                                                            
Project Colloquium Syllabus 3
NASP International seminars   3
Summer schools / Conferences  
Research project  
     
Transferable skills courses                                        
Academic English for Social and Political Sciences Syllabus 3
Courses organized by the University of Milan   -- 

 

Public Opinion, Political Communication & Political Behavior

 

The path on Public Opinion, Political Communication and Political Behavior delves into the analysis of the electoral processes, the role that the main actors involved – such as political parties and candidates – play, their strategies of communication with the citizens, and how the latter build, express and translate into electoral behaviors their attitudes towards politics.

 

NASP compulsory methodology courses Syllabi    Credits       
The Language of Mathematics in Contemporary Social Sciences  Syllabus     6    
Research Methods in Social and Political Sciences  Syllabus    3    
Introduction to STATA  Syllabus    --    
Statistics for the Social Sciences  Syllabus    6   
Statistics for the Social Sciences (Practical sessions)  Syllabus    --   
Applied Multivariate Analysis for Social Scientists B Syllabus    3   
     
NASP elective methodology courses                        
Applied Multivariate Analysis for Social Scientists A Syllabus 3
or    
POLS elective methodology courses    
Qualitative Research Methods Syllabus 3
     
POLS compulsory courses                                   
Empirical Political Theory Syllabus 3
Game Theory Syllabus 3
Logic and Epistemology of the Social Sciences Syllabus 3
Political Philosophy Syllabus 3
Topics in Rational Choice Institutionalism (TRCI) Syllabus 3
     
POLS elective Courses                                      
Comparative Politics Syllabus 3
Ph.D. students may select 1-2 courses from this list Syllabus 3
     
Other activities                                                 
Project Colloquium Syllabus 3
NASP International seminars   3
Summer schools / Conferences  
Research project  
     
Transferable skills courses    
Academic English for Social and Political Sciences Syllabus  3
Courses organized by the University of Milan   --

 

Political Theory

 

The path on Political Theory offers an in-depth study of the main paradigms that orient the contemporary debate on political philosophy, normative political theory, and applied ethics, and provides the necessary competences to build political arguments, evaluate their theoretical and practical implications, elaborate conceptual frameworks to treat politically relevant issues. For further information about research activities and initiatives in political theory promoted by the teaching staff of the path, please visit the website of the Political Theory Project.

 

POLS compulsory courses     Syllabi   Credits 
Empirical Political Theory Syllabus 3
Game Theory Syllabus 3
Logic and Epistemology of the Social Sciences Syllabus 3
Political Philosophy Syllabus 3
Topics in Rational Choice Institutionalism Syllabus 3
     
Elective courses Syllabi          Credits       
Ph.D. students must acquire 30 credits though courses (or teaching units)    
selected among the following ones:    
     
Bioethics Syllabus      
Conflicts and political legitimacy Syllabus       6+6 
Differences, inequalities and the politics of law Syllabus      
Dirty-hands politics: war, terrorism, torture Syllabus      
Ethics and ecosystems Syllabus      
Facts, principles and hard choices Syllabus      
Justice and international affairs Syllabus      
Social justice in a global world Syllabus      
The Western tradition: moral and political values Syllabus      12 
     
Other activities                                                         
Project Colloquium Syllabus 3
NASP International seminars  
Summer schools / Conferences  
Research project  
     
Transferable skills courses                           
Academic English for Social and Political Sciences Syllabus 3
Courses organized by the University of Milan   --

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