The «Cesare Alfieri» School, founded in 1875 with the name School of Social Sciences is the most ancient school of political and social sciences in Italy and became an Institute in 1888. In July 1938 a decree ruled its merging with the University of Florence and it was transformed in the Faculty of Political Sciences. It was allowed, however, to keep the name "Cesare Alfieri" and today it has returned to be a School.
Since its beginnings it has contributed in a major way to the education of the managerial class of the country in many different fields, from the diplomatic service to international organisations and political career, from public administration to journalism, business and economical activities.
To the illustrious names of Carlo Rosselli, Sandro Pertini, Indro Montanelli, Giovanni Sartori, Luciano Lama, more can be added and even today the graduates of Cesare Alfieri occupy key positions in the social, economical, political and cultural life of the country, and just as many have a career abroad.
In the 140 years of its activity, "Cesare Alfieri" has attained a prestigious status for the quality of its academic teaching and the qualification of its students.
The variety of methodologies and theoretical approaches and the attention dedicated to comparative studies are a feature of all programmes. Another key trait, engrained in the School's DNA, is the plurality of disciplines taught and the equal dignity given to all five major areas -economy, law, politics, sociology and history- besides, of course, foreign languages. Ever since its foundation, the contents of its teachings have been based on an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge.
Our graduates distinguish themselves for their balanced and multidisciplinary education; they acquire a versatile professional profile, extremely valuable in today's business world. They have the skills to adapt themselves to a variety of working situations and understand all their different aspects.
Special focus is given to international relations, not only from a research perspective, but also in teaching. There are more than 40 cooperation agreements with universities worldwide, Australia, Bosnia, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, France, Japan, India, Kosovo, Macedonia, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Spain, the United States, Venezuela.
The School has signed more than 200 agreements with European universities for the Erasmus mobility programmes. Among the international agreements that allow students to attend a term of studies abroad obtaining the validation of the exams passed, I would like to point out the one with Shanghai Normal University entailing a special programme and a 1-year internship, as well as the one with Moscow's MGIMO University resulting in the acquisition of a double title. Internationalisation can also be found in our teaching: we are increasing the number of subjects - in particular at Masters level - taught in English. For instance, within the master degree in International Relations and European Studies students have the option to choose a curriculum entirely taught in English.
First Cycle (Bachelor) Degrees offered:
Political Sciences (Class L-36 Political Sciences and International Relations). All first year and part of the second year's courses are common to all curricula and they include 11 foundation courses for a total of 99 credits: 2 subjects each in the areas of economy, law, politics, sociology and history besides one course of English language. Part of the second year and all of the third year subjects are specific for each curriculum, in order to acquire an interdisciplinary knowledge organised around different key areas for a total of 42 credits. Another 18 credits are to be gained through elective subjects thus allowing students to personalise their curriculum..
The curricula offered:
- Communication Studies
- International Studies
- Political Studies
- Social Studies
All curricula include an internship (6 credits) in placements where students have the chance to practice the knowledge and skills acquired. 9 credits are dedicated to advance the student's linguistic skills and another 6 credits are gained through the final dissertation.
Social Work (Class L-39). The programme includes for the first year six subjects in different disciplines and one subject in the professional area of choice besides workshop activities.
The second year entails eight specialist subjects and a first internship where the skills and knowledge acquired can be put to test.
The third year comprises three specialist subjects and two elective subjects as well as a second internship and workshop activities.
The Second Cycle (Master) Degree programmes offered are:
- Planning and Implementing of Social Policies (Class LM-87, Social Work and Social Policies)
- International Relations and European Studies (Interclass, belonging to Class LM-52, International Relations, and LM-90, European Studies) – with the option to choose teaching entirely in English
Political Sciences and Decision-making Processes (Class LM-62, Political Sciences)
- Sociology and Social Research (Class LM-88, Sociology and Social Research), with two curricula: Local and Regional Development Analysis and Policies; Contemporary Society, Change and Globalisation
- Public and Political Communication Strategies (Class LM-59, Public, Enterprise and Advertising Communication Sciences).
I hope that prospective as well as current students at the "Cesare Alfieri" School will take full advantage of all the benefits it has to offer. Together with my academic colleagues and the President's office staff I am available for any queries or further information, but also to receive suggestions that can contribute to improve the School and make sure that the university experience and the professional future of all our students bring complete satisfaction.
The President of the School