Studying in Siena
The University of Siena
Siena is not just a city with historical and artistic traditions, it also hosts one of the oldest and most prestigious Italian universities, whose foundation roots back to 1240.
The Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences (DISPOC)
The teaching staff of the Department has both general and specialist interests, from political science to sociology to anthropology and cognitive sciences, with a special emphasis on interdisciplinarity. The site of the doctorate is in a new building designed by one of the best-known Italian architects.
Spacious rooms provide teaching staff and students with a modern environment, respectful of the traditional architectural style of Siena. The area offers also plenty of space for leisurely strolls, informal meetings and rest after lectures.
In the same building is the largest and oldest of the University libraries of Siena, the “Circolo Giuridico”, with a rich collection of books and journals in the field of social sciences and law (more than 500.000 books), many of them in English. A special reading space is reserved
there for graduate students.
The Centre for the Study of Political Change
The Centre for the Study of Political Change (CIRCaP), which co-ordinates the Master and PhD programmes, was established in 1997. Its main aims are to promote research activities and support programmes of advanced training. The main research projects which it currently sponsors concern the adaptation of domestic politics to the constraints resulting from but also the opportunities provided by European integration and the extent to which national identity is thereby affected. Other projects concern public opinion attitudes to foreign policy, the comparative study of elite recruitment, and the comparative study of legislatures and executives. The Centre also collects and makes available data in these fields. The Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences, to which the Centre is attached, participates in the administrative organisation of the Master and PhD programmes.
Photo: Michelle Dekker ©2012