Ph.D Course
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3 years

Course description

Based on the assumption that a greater understanding of institutions and social systems can be achieved by combining legal, historical and philosophical knowledge, this PhD program intends to provide PhD students with research methods and cultural supports which allow blending complementary knowledges. Contact points between the law and the social sciences immediately emerge when law is considered as a vehicle for deeper knowledge, for values which are not merely imposed, but shared and created by a social group, as the law, history and philosophy share a language and sense-constitutive operations. The type of interdisciplinarity which this PhD program aims at is not actualized in establishing atypical disciplinary paths or in awarding hybrid specializations. This, indeed, may expose young researchers to the considerable inconvenience of losing, at the end of the program, a clear and well-recognizable title and scientific identity in the community of scholars and professionals. Rather, the interdisciplinarity – the distinctive key of the course – is intended as a dialogue among neighboring disciplines, which singularly preserve their individuality, but which through discussion and reciprocal interaction improve their knowledge and possibility of in-depth analysis, in the effort to develop the study of issues of common interest. The innovative and distinctive feature of this PhD program is, therefore, identified in these methodological premises, while the research objects may vary, following the opportunities suggested by the interests of the attendees or by the network of external collaborations. A second characteristic element of this PhD program consists in the internationalization of the educational offer and in the possibility of conducting research abroad. This is the reason why the PhD program faculty has been extended to foreign colleagues from several universities, who in various ways collaborate to the training of our PhD students, and also the reason underlying our collaboration with the UNESCO Chair, which has recently been established. We thus hope to increase the future opportunities for our PhD students, offering them concrete prospects in the national and international academic and professional world.

Programs: Historical-philosophical Program and Legal Program

Scientific areas: 04 - Earth sciences , 08 - Civil engineering and architecture, 10 - Ancient, philological-literary and historical-artistic sciences, 11 - Historical, philosophical, pedagogical and psychological sciences, 12 - Legal sciences, 13 - Economics and statistics, 14 - Political and social sciences
Thematic areas: ICAR/18, IUS/01, IUS/02, IUS/04, IUS/07, IUS/08, IUS/09, IUS/10, IUS/11, IUS/13, IUS/14, IUS/15, IUS/16, IUS/17, IUS/18, IUS/20, IUS/21, L-ANT/06, L-ART/02, L-LIN/01, L-LIN/03, L-LIN/12, L-FIL-LET/02, L-FIL-LET/10, L-FIL-LET/11, M-GGR/01, M-PED/03, M-STO/02, M-STO/04, M-FIL/01, M-FIL/02, SECS-P/02, SECS-P/06, SECS-P/08, SPS/02, SPS/03, SPS/08
Coordinator: Facchetti Giulio
Academic Year: 2023/2024
Ph.D. Cycle: XXXIX cycle

What you need to know

Candidates must possess one of the following Master’s Degrees:

LMG/01 Master ’s Degrees in Law;
LM-1 Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology;
LM-2 Archaeology;
LM-3 Landscape Architecture;
LM-5 Archive and Library Science;
LM-10 Architectural and Environmental Heritage Preservation;
LM-11 Cultural Heritage Preservation and Restoration;
LM-14 Modern Philology;
LM-15 Philology, Literature and Antiquities;
LM-19 Information and Publishing Systems;
LM-37 Modern European and American Languages and Literatures;
LM-38 Modern Languages for International Communication and Cooperation;
LM-39 Linguistics;
LM-43 IT Methodologies Applied to the Humanities;
LM-48 Territory and Urban Planning;
LM-49 Design and Management of Tourism Systems;
LM-50 Design and Management of Educational Services;
LM-51 Psychology;
LM-52 International Relations;
LM-55 Cognitive Sciences;
LM-57 Education Sciences;
LM-63 Public Administration Science;
LM-62 Political Sciences;
LM-65 Performing Arts and Media Production;
LM-78 Philosophical Sciences;
LM-84 Historical Sciences;
LM-85 Pedagogical Sciences;
LM-87 Welfare Services and Policy;
LM-88 Sociology and Social Research;
LM-89 History of Art;
LM-91 Techniques and Methods for the Information Society;
LM-92 Communication Theories;
LM/SC Criminology applied to Investigation and Security;
LMR/02 Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage;
1/S (MA in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology);
2/S (MA in Archaeology);
3/S (MA in Landscape Architecture);
5/S (MA in Archival Library Science);
10/S (MA in Architectural and Environmental Heritage Preservation);
11/S (MA in Scientific and Industrial Civilization Heritage Preservation);
12/S (MA in Historical-Artistic Heritage Preservation and Restoration);
13/S (MA in Publishing, Multimedia Communication and Journalism);
17/S (MA in Philosophy and History of Science);
18/S (MA in Theoretical, Moral, Political and Aesthetic Philosophy);
22/S (MA in Law);
24/S (MA in Digital Sciences for the Humanities);
40/S (MA in Italian Language and Culture);
43/S (MA in Foreign Languages for International Communication);
44/S (MA in Linguistics);
54/S (MA in Territorial and City Planning);
55/S (MA in Design and Management of Touristic Systems);
57/S (MA in design and management of welfare policies and social services);
60/S (MA in International Relations);
63/S (MA in cognitive sciences);
67/S (MA in sciences of social and institutional communications);
70/S (MA in Political Science);
71/S (MA in public administration science);
72/S (MA in religion science);
82/S (MA in sciences and technologies for the environment and the territory);
83/S (MA in economic sciences for the environment and culture);
88/S (MA in sciences for development cooperation);
89/S (MA in sociology);
93/S (MA in ancient history);
94/S (MA in contemporary history);
95/S (MA in history of art);
96/S (MA in history of philosophy);
97/S (MA in medieval history);
98/S (MA in modern history);
99/S (MA in European Studies);
100/S (MA in techniques and methods for the information society);
101/S (MA in theory of communication);
102/S (MA in theories and techniques of standardization of juridical information);
104/S (MA in Literary and Technical-Scientific Translation);

comparable titles of Master’s Degrees after the DM 509/1999 or four-year degrees after the preexisting order (among others, Master’s degree in law, in International Relations, Four-year degree in Law, Four-year degree in philosophy, Four-year degree in Italian Studies, which are comparable to

LM-80 Geographical sciences;
LM-1 cultural anthropology and ethnology;
LM.14Modern philology; LM-2 Archeology;
LM-5 Archival science and librarianship;
LM-15 Philology, literature and antiquities;
LM-45 Musicology and cultural heritage;
LM-65 Theater sciences and multimedia production;
LM-37 Modern European and American Languages and Literatures;
LM-19 Information and editorial systems;
LM-62 Political sciences;
LM-63 Public administration science).


This PhD Program has been established for the XXXIX cycle
Expected Admissions: 9
With scholarship: 7
Without scholarship: 2
You can enroll in the PhD program after a public competition for qualifications and examinations.
Call for admission

Please check the italian call

Class attendance

The (compulsory and optional) educational activities are defined by the Teaching Board.

Law and art
I, II and III years: The relationships between law and art and the ways in which the law can protect and enhance the artistic heritage have been the subject of reflection for a long time: the lessons will deal with the most innovative issues affecting the law of art, with Italian and foreign guests. Among the topics that will be addressed: the foundations of cultural heritage between historical stabilization and regulatory changes, artist archives and the issue of authentications, international legislation for the protection of cultural heritage and problems related to exports. The initiative is organized in collaboration with the Research Center on the History of Contemporary Art (Crisac)

Law and literature
I, II and III years: the law and literature movement developed in the United States during the twentieth century with the aim of highlighting the close links between law and literature. On the one hand, it was a question of studying the representation of jurists, processes and legal institutes through the filter of literature (law in literature). (law as literature). The movement, which had prominent figures such as John Wigmore, Benjamin Nathan Cardozo and more recently James Boyd White and Richard Weinberg, soon spread to Europe. The lectures aim to highlight the existing dialogue between writers and jurists in this regard. The program is also aimed at publishing the contributions in the recent series inaugurated at Il Mulino by Prof. Gaspari and Prof.ssa Pozzo.

Law and language
I, II and III year: the study of the links between language and law has been addressed, over time, from different points of view by jurists, historians, sociologists, philosophers and linguists, who have highlighted how law, peer of the language, it is a cultural phenomenon that must be analyzed taking into account time and context.
This is a very ancient theme, but one that has come to the fore in recent decades with renewed interest in the face of the establishment of stable phenomena of supranational aggregation, the thickening of international trade, as well as the important migrations of peoples on a global basis. which made it necessary to compare different cultures, as well as between the different languages ​​in which they are expressed. The multicultural society requires a continuous dialogue between different cultures, different languages ​​and different legal systems for which our university must prepare the professionals of tomorrow. The lessons offer an opportunity for jurists and linguists to meet. The results of the research will find a place for their publication in the series The languages ​​of law, published by Giuffré.

Women's rights in multicultural society
I, II and III years: in accordance with the UNESCO chair, established at Insubria in 2019, a series of lessons will be held dedicated to women's rights in different social and cultural realities. Particular attention will be devoted to the theme of implicit prejudices and the use of the image of women in advertising. Part of the lessons will be held by the visiting professor foreseen within the program of the UNESCO Chair. At the same time, the initiatives included in the UNESCO creative city of Como will be part of this cycle of activities, for which a specific program on the social sustainability of the textile supply chain is being developed with particular regard to female work.

Environmental protection between law, economics and risk communication
I, II and III year: the cycle of lectures is aimed at providing PhD students with an introduction to the themes of civil liability for damage to the environment, to the discipline of climate change in a comparative key, to sustainability from a legal and economic point of view. the lessons are designed in an interdisciplinary way and make use of the help of external experts

Summer school
I, II and III year: the Summer school provides an interdisciplinary program aimed mainly at studying the topics of environmental law with French, Dutch, Polish and Belgian professors, who bring their experience in relation to the development of environmental law European and international

Law and science
I, II and III year: the dialogue between law and science that has always been revealed in the course of history, nowadays has innumerable implications that the cycle of lessons will try to address with the help of experts from other sectors of the know. In particular, the issues of the blockchain and the metaverse will be addressed, as well as those of scientific proof in the context of the civil process, as well as the use of technologies in the protection and protection of works of art.

For information

Dipartimento di Scienze Umane e dell'Innovazione per il Territorio
Università degli Studi dell'Insubria
Via M.E. Bossi, 5 -  22100 Como
Coordinatore: Prof. Giulio Facchetti
E-mail: giulio.facchetti@uninsubria.it