This new Department brings together the three formerly separate Faculties of Psychology, Education and Modern Languages and Communication, following an internal reorganisation at the University to enact new ministerial regulations.
The diverse teaching and scientific backgrounds that converge in our Department have one thing in common: a strong vocation for sector-specific advanced training. In fact, the areas of expertise covered by the Department belong to the broad family of social sciences and humanities and are understood not just as a chance for scientific and theoretical research, but also as an opportunity for professionalization.
We share the conviction that social sciences and humanities are alive and relevant to mankind in so far as they integrate history and education, environment and mind, languages and civilisation, expression and culture and body and soul, encouraging the development of university education towards an increasingly complete unification of its scientific and professional potentials.
The Department coordinates its research activities and the teaching of the degree courses which belong to it (see Courses section). It was instituted on 14 March 2012 and is currently chaired by Professor Serenella Besio.