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Human and social sciences

The Department of Humanistic studies  has more than 60 members referring to more than 50 disciplinary sectors. To cope with such a large fragmentation of research and teaching areas the Department has done an effort of interdisciplinary aggregation thus favouring the birth of research macro areas often straddling several disciplines.

Among these is “Human and social sciences” which includes disciplines such as Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology and Education.

Didactic activities within the area include monthly Department Lectures addressed both to Unife community and to the whole citizenship, held by faculty members as well as by scholars from other Institutes who collaborate with Unife researchers.

The same macro area also meets monthly as section (The Department of Humanistic studies has seven). This section has taken in recent years the name "Human Sciences".

The task of the "Human Sciences" section is to develop scientific links between members of the Department and scholars from other universities in Europe and other continents and, more specifically, to provide foreign scholars with the opportunity to carry out research at the Department of Humanities.

The Department has also eight laboratories based at the Department itself, in addition to five laboratories located at some archaeological sites in the country. Among these three laboratories refer to the macro area:

Sociologists and anthropologists devote their research to the processes on-going in multicultural societies, social inclusion/exclusion processes, social-health policies in urban contexts, organization of services and professions, analysis of the urban environments and neighbourhoods, art, changes in thought and political movements.

On one hand they lead qualitative empirical research of ethnographic kind and with a strong impact on the social-anthropological field; on the other they develop theories and interpretation in historical-political field.


Educationalists and psychologists investigate the history of educational institution, children’s literature, the teaching/learning  processes in schools and other social and educational contexts, philosophy and epistemology of education,  children's development, clinical psychology and psychology of emotions, mental and behavioural disorders.