Communication and Society (CES)

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Communication and Society (CES)
Course sheet
A.Y. 2023/2024
Bachelor
L-20 - Communication studies
Bachelor
180
ECTS
Access
Limited enrolment with admission test
3
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian
International title
Double Degree
Students in the degree program in Communication and Society will receive an academic education that is also geared toward real-world practice. They will acquire a deep understanding of communication theories and develop comprehensive knowledge in the field of media and communication. The goal is for students to develop critical judgment and competences from various perspectives (political, economic, cultural, juridical, sociological, psychological). The program aims to prepare students for a career in different sectors of the cultural industries (publishing, radio, television, new media), corporate communication, advertising and consumer marketing, or to work in communication studies and media consulting, political and civic education, or intercultural communication. One of the program's primary goals is to enable students to work professionally both at the national and at the international level in private companies, the public administration and the private third sector. Our co-operative education and experiential learning opportunities enable students to develop and apply their skills in other professional contexts such as editorial and journalistic functions in the audiovisual sector and with new technologies, providing the language skills to work with at least two foreign languages (especially English) and to use Italian effectively.
The degree in Communication and Society enables professional outlets in the many sectors and fields of enterprise communication and political and social communication, public and private organizations, national and international, industry Cultural, publishing, market research, business, digital economy, as press officers, advertisers and public communicators, experts in the management of companies, publishing companies, distance learning, methodologies (surveys, databases, etc.), communication campaigns.

Employment statistics (Almalaurea)
The BA in Communication and Society, through the Department of Social and Political Sciences, has signed exchange agreements with the Australian Universities "University of South Australia" (Adelaide) and "Griffith University" (Brisbane), and the US University "John Cabot University" (Rome). With the latter the agreement is of "double degree", which requires the mandatory attendance for three semesters.
Students can attend a semester in the faculties and graduate courses of the Australian universities specified in the agreements, and their Australian exams will be recognized in Milano, as in the Erasmus program. An excellent knowledge of the English language, properly certified, is required to participate. Special calls establish other conditions to enter the selection. These exchanges do not enjoy any financial support from the University of Milano.
Course attendance is highly recommended.
Enrolment
Admission to the degree programme requires applicants to have a high school diploma or an equivalent suitable qualification from abroad.
To be admitted to the course students must sit an examination to check their linguistic-communication capabilities, in addition to taking an online test (TOLC-E) organised by the Consortium of Interuniversity Integrated Access Systems (CISIA). Subject knowledge for admission will be deemed acceptable if the scores in the selection band have been achieved.
Students whose score is lower than the value stated in the selection band, limited to the area of verbal comprehension, will be assigned an additional learning obligation (OFA), which must be met and approved within the first year of the course.
The University organises specific tutoring support for the successful completion of the OFA. Additional information is available on the University study portal of the Faculty of Political, Economic & Social Sciences.
If students fail to satisfy the OFA within the required timescale, the following year they will be unable to sit the examinations for the years subsequent to the first year.

English OFA

In order to fulfil the Additional Learning Requirement (Obbligo Formativo Aggiuntivo - OFA) for English and sit the English-language exam required by the study plan, students must achieve B1 proficiency per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This proficiency level may be certified as follows:
- By submitting a language certificate attesting B1, or higher level in English and issued no more than three years before the date of submission. You will find the list of language certificates recognized by the University at: https://www.unimi.it/en/node/297/. The certificate must be uploaded during the enrolment procedure, or subsequently to the portal http://studente.unimi.it/uploadCertificazioniLingue;
- By taking a placement test offered by the University Language Centre (SLAM) between October and December of the first year (or in January for single-cycle programmes). Students who fail the test will be required to take a SLAM course.
The placement test is mandatory for all those who do not hold a valid certificate attesting to B1, or higher level.
Those who have not taken the placement test by the end of December (end of January for single-cycle programmes) or fail the end-of-course exam six times must obtain the necessary certification privately in order to fulfil the OFA and sit the English exam.

Places available: 250 + 20 reserved for non-EU citizens + 5 reserved for students in the Marco Polo project

Call for applications

Please refer to the call for admission test dates and contents, and how to register.

Session: 1

Application for admission: from 15/03/2023 to 12/06/2023

Application for matriculation: from 16/06/2023 to 30/06/2023

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Session: 2

Application for admission: from 04/07/2023 to 04/09/2023

Application for matriculation: from 21/09/2023 to 26/09/2023

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Programme description and courses list
Over several sessions
These activities are scheduled over several sessions. Please refer to course overviews for details.
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Italian Language Workshop 3 20 Italian L-LIN/01
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
English 9 60 English L-LIN/12
Media Economics 9 60 Italian SECS-P/06
Sociology and Culture 9 60 Italian SPS/08
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Constitutional and Media Law 12 80 Italian IUS/09 IUS/10
Psychology of Communication 9 60 Italian M-PSI/06
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
History of Communication in The Contemporary Age 6 40 Italian M-STO/04
Sociolinguistics 9 60 Italian L-LIN/01
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Communications Culture 9 60 Italian SPS/08
Media Sociology 9 60 Italian SPS/08
Research Methods in The Social Sciences 12 80 Italian SECS-S/01 SPS/07
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Marketing and Business Strategies 9 60 Italian SECS-P/08
Social History of The Media 6 40 Italian M-STO/04
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Digital Media 9 60 Italian L-ART/06
Information Technology 6 40 Italian INF/01
Open sessions
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Computer Science Course 3 30 Italian INF/01
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Languages of The Media 6 40 English L-LIN/11
Optional
Qualitative Research in Social Organization 6 40 Italian SPS/07
Sociology of Cultural Processes 6 40 Italian SPS/08
Sociology of Family and Life Course 6 40 Italian SPS/08
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Economics of Advertising 6 40 Italian SECS-P/08
European Media Law 6 40 Italian IUS/14
Human Resources Organization 6 40 Italian SECS-P/10
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Digital Sociology and Global Politics 6 40 Italian SPS/08
Freedom of Speech and Expression 6 40 Italian IUS/08
Global Information Processes 6 40 English SPS/07
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 6 0 Italian
Optional activities and study plan rules
3 - Students must achieve 6 CFU in one of the following topics
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Economics of Advertising 6 40 Italian Second trimester SECS-P/08
Freedom of Speech and Expression 6 40 Italian Third trimester IUS/08
4 - Students must achieve 6 CFU in one of the following topics
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Qualitative Research in Social Organization 6 40 Italian First trimester SPS/07
Sociology of Cultural Processes 6 40 Italian First trimester SPS/08
Sociology of Family and Life Course 6 40 Italian First trimester SPS/08
5 - Students must achieve 6 CFU in one of the following topics
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Global Information Processes 6 40 English Third trimester SPS/07
Human Resources Organization 6 40 Italian Second trimester SECS-P/10
6 - Students must achieve 6 CFU in one of the following topics
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Digital Sociology and Global Politics 6 40 Italian Third trimester SPS/08
European Media Law 6 40 Italian Second trimester IUS/14
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Investigative Journalism Workshop 3 20 Italian SPS/08
Optional activities and study plan rules
1 - Students must achieve 12 CFU of free choice
2 - Students must achieve 3 CFU with workshop or internship
The following topics are preparatory to the courses of the third year:
Economy and industry of the media
English as foreign language
Sociolinguistic
Workshop of Italian language
Psychology of communication
Sociology and culture
History of Communication in the Contemporary Age
Information and constitution

Moreover:
Sociology and culture is preparatory to Media sociology, Intercultural communication, Cultures of communication and Digital Media
Marketing and business strategy is preparatory to Economy and technique of advertising.
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Location
Milano
Head of study programme
Academic guidance tutor
Erasmus and international mobility tutor 
Internship tutor
Seminar and workshop tutor
Quality Assurance Delegate
Contacts

The tuition fees for students enrolled in Bachelor's, Master's and single-cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments with different calculation methods and payment schedules:

  • The amount of the first instalment is the same for all students
  • The amount of the second instalment varies according to the ISEE University value, the degree programme and the student status (on track / off track for one year or off track for more than a year) 
  • An additional fee is due for online programmes

The University also offers:

  • Concessions for students meeting high merit requirements
  • Diversified tuition fees according to the student's home country for international students with assets/income abroad
  • Concessions for international students with refugee status

Scholarships and benefits

The University provides a range of financial benefits to students meeting special requirements (merit, financial or personal conditions, international students).

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