Society and Culture / Master's degree programme

General information for the a.y. 2019-2020

Disciplinary areaSociety and Culture
Duration 2 years - 120 Credits
Admission Accesso Libero No limited access
Language Taught in Italian
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


New problems faced by academic and extra-academic educational and socio-cultural services call for professionals capable of performing high-level programming, organizational and coordination functions. The Master Degree in Pedagogical Sciences effectively responds to these needs, providing competencies in educational research, pedagogical consultancy, and the planning and assessment of teaching and learning strategies. This program also combines theory with practice in order to provide students with many opportunities to develop their theoretical and methodological techniques, while emphasizing the application of general models to real-life practices. Many faculty coordinate and / or are involved in national and international research projects, in which students can participate for the purpose of preparing a thesis. At the same time, students will address real problems that characterize their future professional activity, either through individual or group research projects, or through periodic meetings and seminars organized with pedagogues, consultants and pedagogic coordinators. Internship is not compulsory. However, it is possible, on request, to carry out an internship in institutions affiliated with the Department of Education and Human Sciences: this internship is recognized in terms of European Credit Transfer System Credits (ECTS). Access to the course of study is open to students with a Bachelor degree, subject to certain curriculum requirements: more details can be found in the admission call.

Course content

The program provides a broad-based multidisciplinary grounding in the areas of pedagogy, philosophy, psychology and sociology and it is organized into two areas of study. The “Human Sciences for Pedagogical Research” area is aimed at developing the theoretical and methodological skills useful for a proper understanding of educational contexts and learning processes (also through an in-depth study of historical, anthropological, literary and cognitive processes). The second area, “Educational Consulting and Planning”, is primarily directed towards the development of planning and applied competencies, providing a solid economic, managerial and legal knowledge, useful for the coordination, management and assessment of educational services and agencies.

Career options

Graduates can work as pedagogical coordinators in educational and socio-educational services for children and adolescents; as pedagogical consultants in academic and extra-academic services, in services for rehabilitation and the prevention of marginalization, and in programs to support multicultural and special education. Career opportunities also exist as consultants in the programming and management of academic programs and various types of services in the socio-educational field, as trainers and evaluators, and in management, academic counseling, and support and oversight, at various levels of Public Administration.

After the degree

Graduates in Pedagogical Sciences have access to Second Level Master Courses and to PhD programs, including the PhD in Reggio Childhood Studies.

More information

Course Director
prof.ssa Annamaria Contini
dott.ssa Barbara Chitussi

The course is managed by the Department of Education and Humanities