The Ph.D. programme in Sociology has a longstanding tradition of excellence in Italy. It was one of the first to be established after the 1980 university reform and has provided a large number of outstanding academic sociologists who have gone on to make significant contributions to teaching and research in Italy and abroad. The aim of the programme is to provide structured training in theoretically-guided empirical research across a wide range of sociological fields and to introduce students to current international debates in both qualitative and quantitative social research.
The course consists of a three-year programme of 60 credits per year. The first year is devoted to basic training, in conjunction with the activities of the Faculty's interdisciplinary Graduate School in Social and Political Sciences. The second year is partly spent in a relevant university department abroad and is devoted to the initial drafting of the thesis. The third year is entirely spent completing the thesis.
Graduates will be able to compete successfully for positions as researchers (in public and private universities and research centers), skilled professionals and consultants in sociology to public agencies and international organizations and institutions in Italy and elsewhere in Europe.
In 2013, the PhD Programme in Sociology has made an agreement with the University of Turin and given rise to the new PhD programme in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research. The Programme is thus enriched with new skills and research fields, and reinforces its position among the leading programs in Italy in terms of doctoral excellence.
In 2014-2015, the PhD programme in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research (SOMET) is proud to offer 2 PhD positions for joint degrees with two LERU partner universities – Lund University and University of Amsterdam.
Joint degree with Lund University, Department of Gender Studies
Applications are invited for a PhD candidate (duration: 4 years – 4th year funded by Lund University) who will be part of a research environment engaged in the complexities of contemporary cultural identities more generally, and particularly on the role of new identity technologies in the creation and reconfiguration of these identities. Central to the environment is the exploration of the relationship between new technologies, gender, and identities. The candidate could investigate identity technologies and their connections to various forms of community formation, such as diasporic communities and/or social movements with a social justice agenda. Theoretical fields and research arenas include gender studies, new media studies, cultural studies, autobiography studies, and then, depending on direction taken, diaspora/transnational theory, feminist and social movement theory.
Joint degree with University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
Applications are invited for a PhD candidate (duration: 3 years) investigating intersections of ethnic, religious, gender, class and health-based politics in everyday life, possibly in a comparative perspective. This may include radical right populisms, political violence, social movements, new forms of prejudice and social movements concerning health, care and welfare state restructuring.
The research areas covered by the PhD Programme now include:
Cultural Processes: Body and Consumer Culture; Emotions; Everyday life; Intercultural Relations; Lifestyles; Multiculturalism; Youth Cultures.
Media and the Public Sphere: Citizenship; Digital Media; Language and Communication; Political Communication; Public Opinion; Social Movements.
Methodology of Social Research: Applied Multivariate Analysis; Ethnography; Epistemology of Social Research; Qualitative and Quantitative Methods; Statistics and Mathematics for the Social Sciences.
Social Change and Inequalities: Childhood and Children; Family and Welfare; Gender; Health; Intergenerational Relationships; International Migration; Poverty and Social Exclusion; Social Inequalities.
Urban Spaces: City and Urban Life; Gentrification; Modernization and Local Development; Space and Mobilities; Urban Ethnography.
For each of these sociological areas/topics, the PhD Programme places particular emphasis on the integration of theory and methodology of research.