The doctoral course in Modern Languages, Cultures and Societies and Linguistics of the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies is characterized by its multidisciplinary vocation and its appreciation of linguistic and cultural diversity. The plurality of languages taught in the Department, some of which are unique in the offerings of the universities of the macro-region, combined with the quality and innovativeness of the research, constitutes the ideal terrain for a doctoral course that aims to train highly specialized professionals in the analysis of textual and linguistic-cultural phenomena and in theoretical, applied, and educational linguistic research. The doctoral course participates in the development project of the Department of Excellence. The course is characterized by the intersection of two distinct educational tracks, Modern Languages, Cultures, and Societies and Linguistics, each of which in turn is distinguished by the breadth of topics and contexts addressed, and by the innovativeness of methodological approaches that foster multidisciplinary training.
The course is configured as an international doctoral program, thanks to agreements with the Sorbonne Université [FRA] (Francia) e l’Università di Primorska [ENG] (Slovenia), which also ensure the presence of the contact persons of the agreements in the doctoral college. In addition, numerous incoming and outgoing co-tutorship agreements are activated, and doctoral students’ mobility is strongly encouraged, both for participation in international conferences and for research periods at prestigious foreign institutions. Study and research activity abroad is a key moment for building a network of relationships within the international scientific community, a constant point of comparison for doctoral students’ research. In addition, international-level teaching is guaranteed through contracts to visiting fellows and visiting professors, whose teaching and seminar activities contribute to enriching the doctoral program's educational offerings. The course is supported by an internationally renowned Board of Advisors.
The doctoral course aims to provide a broad and articulate research training in text and language analysis applied to different language-cultural systems and articulated in two specific curricula.
The two curricula entail the study of languages, linguistics, literatures and cultures and multiple scientific and cultural projects.
The educational objective of the curriculum in Modern Languages, Cultures and Societies is the advanced study of modern languages, cultures and civilizations through the analysis and interpretation of literary texts and cultural products in different languages. Ph.D. students will be expected to:
They include the areas listed below, encompassing stylistic, rhetorical, philological, historical, and epistemological aspects, considered from a culture-specific and/or a cross-cultural perspective:
Ph.D.s in Modern Languages, Cultures and Societies are natural candidates for pursuing academic careers in their specific research areas, and for teaching foreign languages, civilizations and literatures in universities and schools. Their specific and cross-cultural training will make them ideal candidates for positions at all levels of responsibility in cultural and entrepreneurial activities (directing libraries and cultural institutes, high-level positions within publishing houses and public institutions) requiring networking skills at an international level.
The educational objective of the Linguistics curriculum is to develop research skills in highly specialized topics within the language disciplines, including theoretical linguistics, sociolinguistics, language teaching, linguistics applied to language disorders and typical and atypical language acquisition, and computational linguistics. The Ph.D. must:
The Linguistics curriculum encompasses a variety of linguistic research perspectives, theoretical and applied, synchronic and diachronic, also addressed with sophisticated experimental methodologies and advanced models of statistical analysis:
PhDs in Linguistics will be prepared to carry out undergraduate research and teaching. They will also be prepared to carry out consulting and intervention coordination tasks according to the specific skills developed: for language teachers, school-based language teaching consultancy, development of language teaching texts, experimentation of foreign language teaching in schools, language integration; for computational linguists, development of advanced language interfaces for companies and public or private entities; for specialists in language disorders, specific consultancy for school inclusion and special educational needs; for sociolinguists, collaborations with local, national and international entities for the implementation of language policies.