The objectives consist in respond, through three principal thematic, to the increasing request of formation in the research sectors and in new profession on multiple aspect which have as central theme: the man.

The doctorate represents the natural continuity of courses of the University, characterized by a strong interaction of knowledge with a multidisciplinary formative method.

The doctorate responds to an increasing request of formation in the research sector and of new profession in the cultural sphere with professional figure which have:

- Competence and ability in specialized publishing industry, in intercultural relation and mediation, in organism which control the formation and the cognitive experimentation, the production and diffusion of manifestation and theatrical and musical exhibition.

- Appropriate knowledge in evolution, prehistory and archaeology acquired through an interdisciplinary formation; capacity of application of experimentation methods with the use of innovative equipment.

- High organizational capacity in the management of research groups and in relationship with national and international authority, to support the interdisciplinarity, the transfer of competence and the growth of management activities.

- The research doctor will be able to work in state institution, museum, local research and territorial planning bodies, free-lance company, in different field of activities such as: supervision of archaeological excavation; preventive archaeology; computerized archiving; didactics formation and scientific divulgation; event planning and management; museum and exhibition preparation; specialized publishing industry; analysis of social disparities, multiculturality, migration flow.

  • Curriculum:

1)     Quaternary and Prehistory / Evolution and organizational dynamics of human community and society, with analysis of behavioral choices in diversified life environment, in reference to the current debate on their significance and on their learning and transmission mechanisms;

2)     History of events, ideas and artistic representation, although comparative perspective, in order to reach a critical analysis of the different cultures and their products;

3)     Interpretation of text and signs, with particular interest on the historical dimension of language and on the comprehension of text and translation as manifestation of unique human faculty and its communicative necessity. How to analyze literary text or other, from different epoch and language, with different analytical modality: philological, cognitive, formative, epistemological, emotive, informative, esthetical, historic-cultural.

  • Educational plan: this doctorate is composed of three curricula concerning issues related to the different and many aspects that define man. Each curriculum is organized in a series of courses, partly borrowed from the courses of MA Degree and partly created for that purpose, meetings and seminars that involve the active participation of the students and the intervention of internal and external teachers, that ensure a basic training.

In addition, adequate specialized training through attendance at Schools, courses, internships at public and or private bodies and stage abroad, have been planned. At the second year, the attendance to national and international conferences and the presentation of the results of the PhD students researches in the most appropriate conference venues will be expected.

Compulsory cross activities (language courses, computer literacy, communication techniques and seminar discussions) will be organized by the IUSS (University Institute of Advanced Studies of Ferrara). Furthermore, macroarea activities have been planned in order to stimulate and enhance the multidisciplinary knowledge between the different EGUS doctorates.

Evaluation will take place in two stages: first, by responsibility of the tutor, according to different methods: individual interviews, class discussions, oral presentations, written exercises, workshops, and the second a twice-yearly, by competence of the Professors Board, by presenting a form filled with the performed activities and a written report on the progress of their research. At the end of each academic year the Professors Board will decide the admission to the following year after a positive evaluation of the activities carried out by each PhD student.

At the end of the Doctoral course each PhD student must present the results of her/his research to the entire Professors Board in order to be admitted to the Final Discussion (Final Exam) that will be carried out by and external jury.

As for the international curriculum IDQP is concerning, it is structured in 3 levels:

1) A basic training, common to all PhD students, that consists of the organization of courses, seminars, intensive courses and roundtables regarding the origin and evolution of Humans, the diffusion and migration of human groups during the Pleistocene and the Holocene, the paleo-environment, the subsistence strategies, the climate change and biodiversity during the Quaternary, the methods of research and documentation in archeology.

2) A specific training strictly related to the research topic of each student. This training will focus on Geology (stratigraphy, geomorphology, sedimentology, geochemistry, archeostratigraphy, petroarchaeology), on Geochronology (radiometric dating and paleomagnetism), on Vertebrate Paleontology (large mammals, small mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish and shells), on Paleobotany (pollen, spores, phytoliths, anthracology and paleocarpology), on Paleoparasitology, on Zooarchaeology (including taphonomy and the study of tools in animal hard tissues), the Lithic Assemblages (technology, typology and use wear analysis), on Paleoanthropology, on the application of new technologies for the study of archaeological materials, GIS, on Archaeometry and non-invasive diagnostic methods.

3) A cross training, that will allow students to relate and apply their research to the practical fields.

  • Research topics

Curriculum 1: The principal research topics of the curriculum involve the following scientific/disciplinary fields: anthropology, prehistory, protohistory, applied geology.

Curriculum 2: The principal research topics of the curriculum involve the following scientific/disciplinary fields: Modern history, Etruscology and Italian antiquity, paleography, roman and ancient law, history of modern arts, history of contemporary arts, cinema, photography and television, musicology and history of music, history of sciences, aesthetics, history of philosophy, history of medieval philosophy, history of political doctrine.

Curriculum 3: The principal research topics of the curriculum involve the following scientific/disciplinary fields: Italian literature, Italian linguistic, philology of the Italian language, philology and linguistic Romance, Spanish literature, English literature, German literature, Anglo-American language and literature, English and American language and translation, German language and translation, demoethnoanthropological field, general and social Pedagogy, experimental Pedagogy, general Psychology, Sociology and cultural and communicative processes, Sociology of the environment and territory.