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Starting from October 2016, the University of Turin offered a new MA programme in philosophy completely taught in English: the Philosophy International Curriculum. The programme aims at providing a thorough insight into a comprehensive range of philosophical problems and at developing the distinctive transferable skills arising from advanced philosophical education. A core curriculum on classical texts and issues is available, along with courses reaching out to forefront debates not only in current philosophy but also in foundational issues concerning contemporary politics, arts, and the sciences.
The Philosophy International Curriculum aims to promote the integration of students in international research and working environment. It provides students with theoretical expertise both in the fields of metaphysics and ontology, philosophy of language and mind, logic and philosophy of science, aesthetics and philosophy of art, and in the areas of practical philosophy, in connection with – as in the Italian tradition of studies – the history of philosophical and scientific thought. The curriculum is an important opportunity to acquire useful skills for teaching, research, and any employment opportunity requiring the argumentation and critical analysis typical of philosophical training, as well as knowledge related to the intersection between philosophy and the sciences of the mind.
The Philosophy M.A. is a two-year programme (120 ECTS credits). Completion of the programme requires the submission and defence of a final dissertation. Normally students will have a B.A. in Philosophy, but applications from candidates with a background in other related fields will also be considered. To attend the programme, students will be expected to have proficiency in English at the B2 level of the Council of Europe framework.
The current rate of yearly tuition fees at the University of Turin is around 580 EUR for the first instalment, the second instalment varying between a minimum of 0 and a maximum of approx. 2300 EUR in proportion to income. Applicants will be selected through a qualitative assessment of their previous academic achievements and an interview (possibly long-distance) with the admission committee.
The new curriculum is addressed to international students but it is also open to Italian students, as well as to Erasmus mobility from European Countries.
The Philosophy Department
The Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences in Turin includes distinguished senior faculty members as well as young researchers with a rising research profile. Both research and teaching are carried out in a lively and open environment, drawing from an unusually wide scope of philosophical traditions and fostering their active and fruitful interaction. Beyond the formal curriculum, MA students will have the opportunity to take part in a number of additional activities, including colloquium series, seminars and conferences organised by research centres and units contributing to the Philosophy International Curriculum (the Research Group on the History of Early Modern Philosophical and Scientific Thought, the Center for Logic, Language, and Cognition, the Laboratory for Ontology, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Communication), often in collaboration with national and international institutional partners.
History of Philosophy I
Games, Preferences and Decisions
three courses to be chosen among the following: Metaphysics, Ontology, Logic, Mind & Language, Bioethics
one course to be chosen among the following: Philosophy of Art, History of Ideas
one elective course
History of Philosophy II
History of Science
one course to be chosen among the following: Philosophy of Science (or Formal Epistemology and Philosophy of Science), Continental Philosophy, Ontology, Logic, Mind & Language, Bioethics.
one course to be chosen among the following: Philosophy of Art, Philosophy of Literature, History of Ideas.
one elective course
Each course adds up to 6 ECTS credits but for Philosophical Arguments that amounts to 12 ECTS credits. Students must gain 60 ECTS credits per year, including 30 credits reserved to the dissertation.