The Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pisa was officially founded in September 2012. But its roots are much older.
The Department is the natural successor to the Faculty of Political Sciences, which dates back to 1970, and whose origins can be traced back still further, to a degree course within the Faculty of Law.
Overall, the Department has much in common with its predecessor, the Faculty.
The major difference is that teaching and research have now been brought under the same organizational umbrella, in conformity with government requirements.
Teaching and research have always been closely linked in the university world; indeed, it is their symbiosis which is the main defining characteristic of the academic profession and of university life in general.
University teaching would be little different from other forms of teaching if it were not for the resources, energy and time invested in scientific advancement and in introducing undergraduates and postgraduates to the world of research.
This is what makes university teaching innovative, alive, and rather special, and why it helps to stimulate the vocation for research, with a special emphasis on the social function of that research.
The community of Political Science studies is a broad one, formed by undergraduate students, postgraduates, researchers, and lecturers, as well as the invaluable administrative, secretarial and technical staff. It is a community whose work is based on interdisciplinary study—though individual fields of knowledge are much more closely connected than they may at first appear—and on a versatile, open, modern approach to culture.
Our teaching and research activities are therefore very much in tune with the complex society in which we live, a society in which professionals, in whatever field, are regularly called upon to find solutions to new, though often interconnected, problems and needs.
Today, the individual needs not only to be a specialist in his or her field, but also to be able to draw on a range of other qualities, such as broad vision, the ability to plan, the openness to new ideas, and the capacity to be inspired. Qualities such as these can be nurtured within the types of course offered by our Department, courses which are based on the belief that in today’s ever-changing world, cultural ‘competence’, in a broad sense, is essential if one is to operate successfully for, and as part of, Society, without losing one’s sense of direction or purpose. This cultural competence is also a permanent resource which will enable the individual to continually update and refine his or her particular professional skills.
In the various sections of this website, you will find a detailed description of what our Department has to offer, both in terms of teaching and research, in the various sub-disciplines we are involved in: history, philosophy, politics, sociology, anthropology, economics, law, statistics, geography, and language.
From 1970 onwards, the Faculty, now Department, of Political Sciences has benefited from the presence of academics of national and international repute, and many of our graduate and postgraduate students have gone on to achieve high levels of success both in Italy and abroad.