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Political and Social Sciences

The undergraduate course in Political and Social Science (for the master degree only) is organized by the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, in collaboration with the University of Florence. The duration of the programme is two years. 

The students “normalisti” of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, must enrol at the University of Florence (UNIFI), at any of the second level (MA) degree course of the “Cesare Alfieri” School of Political Sciences. The Scuola Normale Superiore offers, in its venue of Palazzo Strozzi, integrative courses. Taught in English and truly international in student composition and faculty experience, the program combines structured teaching with close, supportive supervision.

Foreign students must be capable to attend courses in Italian at the University of Florence. Those holding a foreign diploma must carefully read the enrolment rules provided by UNIFI (, art.11.1.1).

The courses which the students can choose for composing their study plan at the Scuola Nornale Superiore, are organized in three research thematic strains: democracy and social movements; politics and society; international political economy. They have a multidisciplinary, pluralistic and methodological approach and some of them are part of the educational activities of the two PhD programmes in “Political and Social Sciences” and in “Transnational Government”.

Although it was recently established, the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences has already consolidated an international reputation thanks to its academic excellence. In addition to the courses, the activities of the Faculty are therefore enriched with numerous international conferences, research workshops and seminars with the participation of well-known scholars and guests


Teaching Activity

The learning activities are divided into courses and seminars. In agreement with the coordinator of the programme and in compliance with the regulations of the Scuola Normale Superiore, the students will annually submit their study plan to the approval of the Faculty Council. The study plan must meet the Faculty’s learning obligations. In fact, during the fourth and in the fifth year of the Master's degree in Political and Social Sciences, students are expected to attend 4 courses of 20 hours each: 1 compulsory and 3 optional, to be chosen according to the Master's degree to pursuit,  for a total of 80 hours per year.

 At the end of the fourth year, students shall take an interview in front of a Commission appointed by the Faculty Council, with the aim to assess the study and the research activities carried out during the year. The positive outcome of the interview determines the maintenance of the post, and allows admission to the fifth year.

 During the two years of the course, it is foreseen the participation in the seminar activities offered by the Scuola.