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Structure and contents

The Master in Philosophy at USI aims to allow students to deepen their understanding of philosophical problems, to develop the ability to think, argue, write and speak clearly and effectively, and to become acquainted with aspects of current research in philosophy and the history of philosophy.

It aims to provide an absorbing grounding in a number of interrelated fields, to equip students with several skills of great value in the job-market, and to qualify students for teaching positions at high schools as well as at lower levels, and for the most demanding PhD programs.

It aims to combine contemporary philosophy and the history of philosophy within the framework of a unified, thematic approach. In 2017-18 the topic of the programme is time - physical time, time in culture, society, history and art, and the awareness of time. Teaching and courses in metaphysics and social ontology, the philosophy of mind and history, aesthetics, the logic and linguistics of time and tense, and the history of philosophy, ancient and modern are designed to give a solid grasp of some of the many aspects of time. The detailed exploration of the philosophy of time aims to provide a full grasp of one central philosophical topic and an introduction to contemporary research in philosophy and the history of philosophy.

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  • Study programme

    First semester
    Core Courses

    Ancient Philosophy – Time, metaphysics & Mind I

    3

    A. Marmodoro and E. Mayr

    Medieval Philosophy – Time, metaphysics & Mind I

    3

    G. Ventimiglia

    Masterclasses I

    3

    F. Berto

    Time in Philosophy

    6

    D. Costa

    Temporal Consciousness I

    6

    K. Mulligan

    Middle East Mediterranean

    6

    G. Kepel and F. Frediani

    Masterclasses II 3 A. Varzi and K. Fine

     

    Second semester
    Core Courses

    Ancient Philosophy – Time, metaphysics & Mind II

    3

    A. Marmodoro and E. Mayr

    Medieval Philosophy – Time, metaphysics & Mind II

    3

    G. Ventimiglia

    Temporal Consciousness II

    6

    K. Mulligan

    Logic

    3

    A. Giordani

    Masterclasses III

    3

    K. Fine

    Time

    6

    D. Costa

    Time travel

    3

    G. Torrengo

    Philosophy of physics or Dottrine politiche

    6

     

     

    Third semester
    Core courses

    History - Metaphysics & Mind III

    6

     

    Persistence

    6

     

    Masterclass I

    3

     

    Minor A: Mind, Language, and Society

    Diachronic personal identity

    6

     

    Normativity, Time, and Communication

    3

    M. Colombetti and A. Carassa

    Argumentation

    3

    A. Rocci

    Semantics and pragmatics

    3

    A. Rocci and J. Miecznikowski-Fünfschilling

    Minor B: History and Literature

    Philosophy of History and Art

    6

     

    Electives in Italian Literature (in Italian)

    (9)

     

     

    Fourth semester

    Core courses

    Masterclasses II

    3

     

    Minor A: Mind, Language, and Society

    Social ontology

    3

     

    Electives in mind, language, and society

    (6)

     

    Minor B: History and Literature

    Aesthetics

    3

     

    Electives in Italian literature (in Italian)

    (6)

     

    Thesis

    18

     
  • Teaching

    In order to realize the goals of the programme, teaching comprises lectures, master classes with eminent specialists, discussion of presentations by students, general discussions, group work, and individual discussions of papers produced by students. Students will be required to submit regular written works and produce research papers. Supervised work on the Master thesis begins during the first year of the degree.

    In addition to its core courses, the program offers two minors in Mind, Language, and Society, and in Mind, History and Literature, and Masterclasses given by eminent, guest professors. Among the guest professors in the academic year 2017/2018 are Kit Fine (NYU), Achille Varzi (Columbia), Franz Berto (Amsterdam).

    Academic Director: Kevin Mulligan

  • Language

    Admission to the Master in Philosophy requires a good command, or advanced knowledge, of the English idiom. Non-English native speakers applying for such programmes, or whose previous degree was obtained in another language, are required to provide an internationally acknowledged language certificate equal to the B2 level, as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR), or equivalent (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.).

    The B2 level on the CEFR corresponds to the following scores in internationally acknowledged exams:

    IELTS

    TOEFL

    Cambridge English

    TOEIC

    5.5

    • Computer based: 183
    • Internet Based: 65
    • Paper based: 513

    FCE (First Certificate English)

    • Listening & Reading: 785
    • Speaking: 150
    • Writing: 160

    Whilst it is an important requisite to be fluent in English, you do not need to know or learn Italian in order to successfully participate in the proposed study programme.

    Italian

    As Lugano is located in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, students might be interested in acquiring the basics in Italian, in order to be able to get around in everyday life.
    The Università della Svizzera italiana offers an Italian language study programme organized in various modules. All its non Italian-speaking students, researchers and professors are invited to participate free of charge.

    1. Preparative intensive course for beginners
      In the three weeks preceding the beginning of the fall term, an intensive Italian class is organised.
    2. Courses offered during the semesters
      Several Italian classes with different levels of difficulties are organised during the academic year.

    Read all details about the Italian classes offered at USI, here.