Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs (PPPA)

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Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs (PPPA)
Course sheet
A.Y. 2021/2022
Master programme
interateneo Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele
LM-62/LM-78 - SCIENZE DELLA POLITICA (Classe LM-62)/SCIENZE FILOSOFICHE (Classe LM/78)
Master programme
120
ECTS
Access
Open with entry requirements examination
2
Years
Language
English
The master degree in Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs (PPPA) is an advanced interdisciplinary programme offering high-level competences in political science and philosophy. The program provides both a solid theoretical background and a practical sense of the challenges and opportunities connected to current political and social-economic phenomena and trends.

The study plan includes a common core of courses addressing cutting-edge topics in political science, in moral and political philosophy - topics which are specifically selected for their relevance within public debates. Core courses also provide accurate historical competences, apt to rigorously frame similar debates, as well as advanced training in empirical methodologies and argumentative strategies, which will strengthen students' analytical capacities and their ability to assess and defend normative and policy proposals.

The second year of the programme offers the opportunity to study in depth a wide array of topics organized into two main areas. The first area - "Technology, science and society" - 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. The second area - "Prosperity, peace and international affairs" - comprises courses focusing on current socio-economic and political developments and their effects on individual life chances and rights, social policies and schemes of distributive justice as well as courses addressing the dilemmas connected to new forms of war and conflict. 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 is designed to prepare students for a broad range of careers. Students will indeed acquire a variety of competences and will master a differentiated set of methodological tools that will enable them to be successfully employed in: 1. public or private research institutes; 2. local, national or international institutions as policy analysts; 3. firms operating in the global market and looking for professionals capable to understand and interpret political, social and economic trends and to devise long-term strategic plans; 4. media, journalism, publishing and the cultural industry. The master programme also provides a solid academic background that will allow students to continue their education through Ph.D. programmes in social sciences and philosophy, both in Italy and abroad.

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Highly recommended

Enrollment
Applicants should have a bachelor's degree or equivalent; a strong interest and/or previous studies in political science or philosophy or related subjects; a sound knowledge of spoken and written English.

More specifically, eligible candidates must meet the following requirements:

1. Applicants who obtained their bachelor's degrees from Italian Universities are eligible for admission if they hold a "laurea" degree belonging to any one of the "classi di laurea" (degree classes) listed below under the heading "Note 1".

Applicants who completed their undergraduate studies in foreign Universities are eligible for admission if they hold a bachelor's degree in philosophy, political science or other broadly related subjects, provided that their bachelor's degree may be regarded as equivalent to one of the Italian "laurea" degrees listed below at "Note 1".

The eligibility of applicants holding bachelor's degrees in fields not included in the list of "classi di laurea" indicated below at "Note 1" is subjected to the approval of the board of the master program. The board's decision will rest on the evaluation of the applicant's academic record and of his/her performance during an interview aimed at ascertaining whether his/her background training and competences are appropriate for being fruitfully enrolled in the programme.

2. Applicants must be able to certify their knowledge of English either by providing documentation attesting that they have at least one year of university studies at institutions where English is the language of instruction, or by providing evidence, through appropriate certificates, of possessing language skills in English equivalent to level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference.

The list of English language certificates accepted by the University of Milan and indications about their validity are available at the following link:
https://www.unimi.it/en/study/language-proficiency/placement-tests-and-…
PPPA acknowledges as valid also English language certificates released by the SLAM to candidates previously enrolled in Bachelor's or Master's programmes offered by the University of Milan.

Applicants meeting the above requirements can be invited to an interview intended to further ascertain their level of competence in the relevant disciplinary fields and to provide indications on how to fill possible gaps in these fields. Interviews can be held both on campus or by videoconference.

When enrolling in the first year of the programme, each student will be required to specify whether he/she intends to obtain the master degree either in Political Science (Italian classe di laurea LM-62 Scienze della politica) or in Philosophy (Italian "classe di laurea" LM-78 Scienze filosofiche). Students will finalize their choice between the two options at the moment of enrolling in the second year.

Note 1:
L-5 Filosofia; L-14 Scienze dei servizi giuridici; L-18 Scienze dell'economia e della gestione aziendale;
L-20 Scienze della comunicazione; L-33 Scienze economiche; L-36 Scienze politiche e delle relazioni internazionali; L-37 Lauree in Scienze Sociali per la Cooperazione, lo Sviluppo e la Pace; L-40 Sociologia; L-42 Storia

Admission

Application for admission: from 12/03/2021 to 30/06/2021

Application for matriculation: from 01/04/2021 to 30/09/2021


Please note

Admitted students who have already graduated must enroll by 30 September 2021, while those who will achieve the qualification or requirements set by 31 December 2021 must enroll by 15 January 2022.

Programme description and courses list
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
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Head of study programme
Academic guidance tutor
Russo Maria
Erasmus and international mobility tutor 
Internship tutor
Contacts
  • Deputy Head of Study Programme
    Prof.ssa Sarah Songhorian
  • Contact:
    pppa@unimi.it

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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