About the Department of Political Sciences (UNIPG)

The mission of the Department of Political Sciences of the University of Perugia is to study politics in all its different aspects and developments. This research area calls for a plurality of approaches, from political science to history, sociology, law, economics and linguistics. It is through the dialogue and effective interaction between these disciplinary fields that politics can be interpreted and acted upon thanks to the theoretical or practical contribution each of them can offer. The Department has a strong commitment to local communities, for instance it instituted one of the first School for Social Workers in Italy, and it also has an international vocation, with a long tradition of welcoming foreign students and scholars.

The Department of Political Sciences is part of a network of similar institutions in Europe. With regard to the object of their studies, the political sciences concern themselves with the transformations of contemporary societies as well as of international relations, offering research, data and tools which contribute to their interpretation and governance. In relation to its methodology, the Department promotes an interdisciplinary approach, through research teams working dynamically and non-exclusively on specific topics.

Research feeds into quality teaching, while, in its turn, teaching stimulates research. Students can enjoy the added value of approaching the political sciences through a multidisciplinary approach, choosing from three undergraduate programs, four graduate programs, and a PhD program in Politics, public policy and globalization.

To foster research and teaching activities, the Department promotes the participation of its faculty to international research programs and promotes international exchanges of students and teachers, both within the Erasmus network and with universities outside Europe.

In consideration of the current historical context, the Department encourages collaborations with social bodies, to secure funding and enter into a dialogue with professionals who can promote the development of specifically designed research. Finally, the Department values relationships with the third sector, social cooperatives, non-profit organizations, NGOs, public institutions (at international, national and local level), private institutions (companies, banks, foundations, etc.), the unions and the media, working together to educate a new and innovative generation of students.


About the Faculty of Communication Sciences (Universit√† della Svizzera Italiana)

The Faculty of Communication Sciences is the only one in Switzerland to provide an interdisciplinary education, which blends the humanities, the social sciences, economics and technology. The Faculty offers specialists a solid background for various professional contexts: mass media, business, public institutions, and new technologies. Moreover, since 2012, it offers a comprehensive programme in Italian language, literature and civilisation, coordinated by the Institute of Italian Studies. On the strength of its identity, combining intercultural perspectives, interdisciplinarity and multilingualism, and a careful eye towards listening skills, the Faculty brings together researchers and teachers from diverse backgrounds who share a common interest: communication.



The Institute of Media and Journalism (IMeG) was created in 2004 within the Faculty of Communication Sciences. The Institute contributes to the teaching activities at the Bachelor level, particularly by providing the area of specialization in ‘Communications and Media’, at the Master level, by organizing the Master in ‘Media Management’, and at the PhD level.

The Institute engages in research activities within the following main areas: the organization and the strategies adopted by media companies; the historical evolution of the production processes and the function of media within different socio-political, economic and cultural contexts; the consumption dynamics of media products within different contexts and by different social groups; the evolution of media-related professions, with particular regard to journalism.

The director of the Institute is Prof. Matthew Hibberd.

Within the Institute there are the European Journalism Observatory (EJO), coordinated by Prof. Stephan Russ-Mohl, and the China Media Observatory (CMO), coordinated by Prof. Gabriele Balbi (director) and Prof. Giuseppe Richeri (honorary president).

Institute of Media and Journalism (IMeG)