PhD in Political and Social Sciences

Academic Year 2017-2018
Subject area Legal, Politological, Economic and Statistical Sciences
Cycle XXXIII
Coordinator Prof. Daniela Giannetti
Language English
Duration 3 years
Positions and scholarships 8 positions with scholarship
Application deadline May 29, 2017 at 01:00 PM (Expired)
Final ranking list Final ranking list available on Studenti Online
Enrollment period From Aug 01, 2017 to Aug 10, 2017
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2017
Main Department
Department of Political and Social Sciences - SPS
Associated locations (agreements)
Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen
Mobility abroad
Yes (3 month)
Curricula and Research topics
  • Authoritarian Regimes 
  • Democratic Regimes
  • Democratic Transition
  • Parties and Party Systems
  • Electoral Politics
  • Political Participation
  • Political Culture
  • Comparative Political Institutions
  • Comparative Judicial Systems
  • EU Institutions and Policies
  • Welfare State Policies
  • Rule of Law
  • International Political Economy
  • International Security
  • Strategic Studies
  • War and Politics
  • Cooperation and Conflict in the International Arena
  • Technological Innovation and  Social Change
  • International Organizations
  • Liberalism
  • Constitutionalism
  • Democratic Theory
  • Ethics and Public Choice
  • Sociology of Culture
  • Communication
  • Trust and Social Capital
  • Social Media
  • Digital Society
  • Immigration
  • Crime
  • Religion and Society
  • Development Studies
  • African Politics and Society
  • Politics  and Society in Eastern Europe
  • U.S. Politics and Society
  • Latin American Politics and Society
  • Asian politics and society.
Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
A doctoral degree in Political and Social Sciences enables a career as an academic or other careers with high demand for capacity of developing research at the highest level. Such capacity might also be used to develop autonomous entrepreneurial activities. Potential areas of employment include academic institutions, research institutions, public and private organizations, at the national and international levels.
Admission Board

Members
Michele Alacevich Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Politiche e Sociali Docente di II fascia
Asher Daniel Colombo Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Politiche e Sociali Docente di I fascia
Daniela Giannetti Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Politiche e Sociali Docente di I fascia
Giovanni Giorgini Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Politiche e Sociali Docente di I fascia
Arrigo Pallotti Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Politiche e Sociali Docente di II fascia
Michele Sapignoli Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Politiche e Sociali Docente di I fascia
Bertjian Veerbek Radboud Universiteit Professore di Università straniera
Substitutes
Debora Mantovani Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Politiche e Sociali Docente di II fascia
Augusto Valeriani Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Politiche e Sociali Ricercatore
Lorenzo Zambernardi Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Politiche e Sociali Ricercatore
Elena Baracani Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Politiche e Sociali Ricercatore
Raffaella Gherardi Università di Bologna Dip. scienze Politiche e Sociali Docente di I fascia
Ernste Huib Radboud Universiteit Professore di Università straniera
Mario Zamponi Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Politiche e Sociali Docente di II fascia
Learning outcomes
The complexity of contemporary technological and social challenges requires the mastering of advanced research tools. The doctoral programme in Political and Social Sciences is designed to produce rigorously trained social scientists, able to conduct cutting-edge research. The programme combines a common set of courses on the methodology of research along with a training in a specific subfield. The programme has five paths: Political Science, International Relations, Area Studies, Political Theory and Sociology. The acquisition of a common background allows students to carry out a research project grounded within a specific discipline but also to experiment innovative cross-curricular paths. For instance, the doctoral programme aims at integrating the regional expertise typical of Area Studies with the methodological tools of the social sciences.
Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
The complexity of contemporary technological and social challenges requires the mastering of advanced research tools. The doctoral programme in Political and Social Sciences is designed to produce rigorously trained social scientists, able to conduct cutting-edge research. The programme combines a common set of courses on the methodology of research along with a training in a specific subfield. The programme has five paths: Political Science, International Relations, Area Studies, Political Theory and Sociology. The acquisition of a common background allows students to carry out a research project grounded within a specific discipline but also to experiment innovative cross-curricular paths. For instance, the doctoral programme aims at integrating the regional expertise typical of Area Studies with the methodological tools of the social sciences.
Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes
Research training activities will be carried out through the methodological courses and other parallel activities (seminars, workshops). The Department will provide an interactive environment where PhD students will present and discuss their research. PhD tudents are encouraged to actively engage themselves in international reserch networks, joining international conferences and workshops. They also must spend a period of time doing research in a foreign university.
Internationalization features
The activities to be carried out by PhD students will take place in the Forlì campus. The campus provides excellent facilities for international students, in terms of proximity to the most well known international master programmes of the Department, and in terms of the opportunity to acquire additional foreign language skills attending courses at the local School of Foreign Languages. The PhD website is in English and provides specific information about the admission procedures to foreign candidates. Compulsory courses are taught in English. The dissertation is also written in English, although the Academic Board might approve usage of different languages in particular cases. PhD students will spend a period of time doing research abroad. Students are encouraged to present their work at international meetings, and to take part in international research networks. The doctoral programme has an agreement with the Radboud Universiteit in Njimegen. Other agreements with foreign universities will be developed. Following the University of Bologna regulations, the Department will allocate resources to help funding international mobility of PhD students.
Expected research results and products
The ultimate goal of the doctoral programme is the dissertation, which must prove the capacity of conducting methodologically sound and original research. Research results must be publishable in peer reviewed top journals.
Doctoral programme Academic Board
Surname Name University/Institution Qualification
ALACEVICH MICHELE Università di Bologna Professore associato
BARACANI ELENA Università di Bologna Ricercatore
BELARDINELLI SERGIO Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
BIANCHINI STEFANO Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
CARTOCCI ROBERTO Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
COLOMBO ASHER DANIEL Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
GHERARDI RAFFAELLA Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
GIANNETTI DANIELA Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
GIORGINI GIOVANNI Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
MANTOVANI DEBORA Università di Bologna Professore associato
PALLOTTI ARRIGO Università di Bologna Professore associato
SAPIGNOLI MICHELE Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
TORNIMBENI CORRADO Università di Bologna Ricercatore
VALERIANI AUGUSTO Università di Bologna Ricercatore
ZAMBERNARDI LORENZO Università di Bologna Ricercatore
ZANATTA LORIS Università di Bologna Professore ordinario