1st Cycle Degree/Bachelor in Philosophy

Degree programme

Programme type 1st Cycle Degree/Bachelor
Academic Year 2018/2019
Code 9216
Degree Programme Class L-5 - Philosophy
Years in which the programme is being held I, II
Type of access Open access with assessment of basic knowledge
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Programme Director Luca Guidetti
Language Italian

Programme profile

Basic learning is understood as both critical skills in approaching the fundamental aspects of contemporary philosophical debate and the analysis of the roots of such debate in the history of philosophical thought.

Based on the specific core learning outcomes of Class L5, the Degree Programme is structured to achieve the following learning outcomes:

- solid knowledge of the history of philosophical and scientific thought from classic antiquity to modern debate, in both the characteristic features of philosophy in the broader history of western ideas and culture, and in the relations and influences of other thought traditions (particularly Arabic, Hebrew, Oriental and Indian);

- updated historiographical information on more general topics and the fundamental moments of different fields of philosophical research;

- methods of reading and interpreting philosophical and historical texts on ideas and culture, to recognise conceptual interrelations and historical and historiographic ties with other humanities, knowledge and competences in the applications of philosophy (particularly applied ethics, artificial intelligence and digital humanities, historical and scientific dissemination);

- strong grasp of philosophical terminology in theoretical, logical-epistemological, aesthetic, ethical-political, historical-scientific and linguistic fields;

- appropriate skills in the use of communication systems and instruments and information management.


In year I the general curriculum provides contents, methodologies and basic terms required to master the fields of history of philosophy, history of science and technique, aesthetics, moral, and the ability to use an EU foreign language in oral and written form.

In the following two years two partially separate curricula diversify and demonstrate the possession of methodological and epistemological tools and concepts used to investigate the conceptual heritage of Western traditions in their dialogue with other cultures and traditions of thought. In addition to studying the fundamental and core fields of traditional philosophic thought (year I), the learning activities in years II and III help students to:

- acquire an appropriate command of the terminology and methods of analysing problems and the different argumentative methods of philosophical discourse and, more generally, complex argumentative texts;

- acquire the basic philosophical terminology used in the English language;

- acquire appropriate knowledge and competences in practical fields of philosophy (bioethics, anthropology, sociology-scientific, philosophical-political, philosophy of communication and philosophy of mind, etc.);

- acquire appropriate written and oral skills used to present philosophy topics, as well as the formally correct drafting of philosophical and historiographic texts;

- acquire basic competences relating the reasoning and formal language methods;

- identify relations and intersections between the different branches of philosophy and similar or complementary studies, including historical, literary, artistic, psychological, sociological, pedagogic, anthropological and scientific areas;

- acquire a command of traditional bibliographical instruments and Digital resources;

- acquire appropriate skills in information communication and management (digital humanities, web technologies, theories and systems of artificial intelligence).


1. Course units in historical-philosophical, historical-scientific and historical-cultural subjects aiming to provide knowledge and competences in different fields of philosophical research, as well as the history of western culture and the interrelations with different cultural traditions, according to the following perspectives: historical-philosophical, historical-scientific, historical-institutional, historical-cultural and historical-artistic.

The learning outcomes are assessed in the exams following each course unit, intermediate tests, activities and workshops aiming to apply the acquired knowledge and competences.

2. Methodological and theoretical-thematic course units and other learning activities aiming to place the students in a condition to be able to acquire and know how to use formal reasoning methods; interpretative models applied to the analysis of major theoretical, conceptual, aesthetic, ethical-political philosophical problems, extending also into different fields of culture and humanities. Text analysis and reasoning practice, leading to the correct and critical analysis of thematic nuclei within a complex text.

The learning outcomes are assessed in the exams following each course unit, intermediate tests, activities and reading and writing workshops aiming to apply the acquired knowledge and competences.

3. Course units aiming to progressively develop the ability to:

a) understand the theoretical and historical links between philosophy and similar and complementary subjects, including literature, historical artistic, scientific, psychological, pedagogic, demo-anthropological subjects and b) recognise the overlaps and intersections between the traditional branches of philosophy and different sectors of humanities and scientific cultures, in the framework of a complex history of ideas. Activities that place the students in a condition to apply interpretative and presentation methods learned during philosophy studies to complex texts and cultural contents on topics that are not strictly philosophical, and to decompose, analyse, summarise and formalise a complex argument independently from its specific cultural content. Course units and workshops aiming to acquire and correctly use computers and networks and to develop knowledge of digital information representation methods and automatic data processing in the field of humanistic research.

The learning outcomes are assessed in the exams following each course unit, intermediate tests, activities and reading and writing workshops aiming to apply the acquired knowledge and competences.

Access to further study

It gives access to second cycle studies (laurea specialistica/magistrale) and master universitario di primo livello.

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