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Each PhD student must attend courses for a minimum of 120 hours over the first three years. Courses are held by professors working at the Department or coming from other Italian or foreign universities. The fourth year is devoted to the preparation of the final thesis and does not involve teaching activity.

1st year

  • Bibliographic tools and electronic databases
  • Research presentation techniques
  • Tools for academic communication: how to present a report at a conference, how to submit a paper to a scientific journal
  • Reading the classics: La mia lettura fondamentale
  • Inter-disciplinary one-day trip
  • Academic English course
  • Course on linguistic mutual understanding (French, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish)

  • GIS (Geographical Information System) course
  • Qualitative methods
  • Quantitative methods
  • Historical sources

2nd and 3rd year

  • Specialised cycles of seminars, preferably addressed to groups of PhD students who are enrolled in the same cycle or share research topics
  • Seminars on the PhD students’ research topics
  • Tools for academic communication: how to write the PhD final thesis, how to apply for competitive calls

4th year

Instructions, guidelines and deadlines to submit the Doctoral thesis here

2020-21 Teaching activities

Required seminars:
Tools for scientific communication
Reading the classics: La mia lettura fondamentale
Seminars on PhD research projects

Optional seminars (at least 2):
Digital humanities
GIS as a Geo-Historical Method
Research qualitative methods
Quantitative methods
Optional seminars (at least 2):
Senses in ethnographic research
More than human? Geography and critique of the society/nature duality
Health and environment in modern times. Living healthy between air, water and medicine
Spaces, powers and borders from the Middle Ages to the contemporary age
Global history from the Middle Ages to the contemporary age
Public use of history

Inter-disciplinary seminars:
Reading the classics
Academic English
Public use of history