PHILOSOPHY Degree Program Profile
Bachelor Degree in PHILOSOPHY
EHEA First Cycle; EQF Level 6
Number of Years/credits
3 years; 180 ECTS
Mode of Study
*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.
Name of Course Director and other contact information
President of the Degree Course Council:
Prof. GIOVANNI PAOLETTI
Department of CIVILTA' E FORME DEL SAPERE
Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Arturo Marzano
Language of Teaching
Certificate of completion of Italian upper secondary school or equivalent foreign qualification.
Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences
Obligatory entrance exam for orientation purposes (non-selective).
Required knowledge and competences support programmes
Students who do not pass the entrance exam are required to take specific courses and/or complete extra reading to prepare for the programme.
The B.A. Degree Programme in Philosophy is aimed at preparing students for the practice of philosophical research thanks to the acquisition of a solid competence in the history of philosophy and of methodologies of the treatment and interpretation of primary and secondary sources. The learning experience is organised mainly through lectures and seminars. Alongside these activities, the students are expected to attend conferences, workshops and meetings in order to familiarize themselves with current scientific debates at national and international level.
The preparation of a final thesis, roughly 50 pages in length, expressed in a clear and rigorous language and the construction of a suitable argumentative strategy, is one of the main aims of the programme.
Key Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Degree Programme in Philosophy will have to show adequate command of the following points:
- Critical understanding of texts and topics
- Competent and adequate use of primary sources
- Ability to identify the relevant scientific literature, bibliography and sources to address assigned issues and research topics
- Ability to communicate research results in various ways according to the target audience
- Solid knowledge of the general lines of the history of philosophy
- Ability to communicate in at least one language of the EU in addition to Italian
Occupational Profile/s of Graduates
While philosophy does not in and of itself grant occupational venues, it does make possible a well-rounded education allowing students to excel at various activities such as
- teaching at middle and high school as well as academic levels
- archival and library work
- public administration and management
- political work
Access to further study
The Laurea Degree in PHILOSOPHY normally gives direct access to the corresponding Second Cycle degree programme. It also gives access to some other Second Cycle degree programmes, in which case extra work may be necessary for admission.
Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading
Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, comment of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. Main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).
**The exam sessions are organised in sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes to respond to. In most cases it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.
Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification
Besides requirements and electives, the student aiming to graduate in Philosophy must prepare a final thesis, roughly 50 pages in length, showing an adequate degree of competence at the linguistic, interpretative and research level, the intelligent use o