Delivered study plan 2021/2022

Note: Since the doctoral program is a new activation, the planned training structure is shown below
during the AY 2022-2023 lectures of the first year will be activated - details are reported at the page Seminars

The training structure, framed in the ECTS system, includes structured activities and individualized activities aimed at defining a specific profile for each doctoral candidate (formalized in major/minor areas, where necessary).
Training activities include:

- Online and in-person lectures and in-presence winter and summer schools (see below for details)
- Multiple supervision: each PhD student will be supervised by 1 main tutor and 2 co-tutors belonging to institutions and research centers in two different foreign countries.
- Mandatory individual mobility of at least 6 months in the partner universities at which the co-tutors are based,
- The presence in the doctoral program of international faculty and experts on various Continents allows for inclusion in transnational collaborative research teams.
- Throughout the three years of training, doctoral students will be trained, encouraged and supported in the publication of their studies in ways recognized by the relevant international communities.


- Each year, Partners and Sapienza Universities organize a winter and a summer school. These are intensive international in-person seminars of weekly duration. Each shcool is dedicated to the in-depth study of a paradigmatic approach and/or thematic area characterizing the scientific field of social representations with openness to trans-disciplinary approaches.


Lectures are organized according to a common schedule and involve all partner sites.

The lectures, in-person and online, are taught in English from November to February

1st Year

Introduction to Social Representation Theory

The birth of the theory: Moscovici, Jodelet and the EHESS, Moscovici’s legacies in European Social Psychology; minority influence and social representations theories; principles of social psychology; post-modern, costructionist and cultural approaches in psychology

Introduction to Communication Theories and Social Construction of Reality

Communication as a social foundation; types and functions of media; old and new media and everyday experience; communication, narratives and representations; principles of sociology of culture and communication

Early developments - theories

The early development and classic schools in social representations theory: Structural Approaches, nucleus and periphery; Sociodynamic Approaches, anchoring and levels of analysis; Critical-Discursive Approaches, power and representations; Ethnographic Approaches, practices and representations

Early developments - methods

Methods in social representations theory; method in sociology and communication studies; From quantitative studies to critical discursive approaches; Eclectic perspectives, innovation, triangulation and mixed method approaches

Developing a research plan

Aim of the course is to introduce to all the different facets of planning a research: from personal interest, to research topic, to proper research questions; Typologies of literature review; Selection of appropriate methods, variables and operationalization; Planning time and resources

2nd Year

Theoretical developments in social representations tehory

The course aims to provide advanced knowledge on the ongoing theoretical developments within and across the different approaches to social representations: Current challenges in Structural approaches; Sociodynamic approaches; Ethnographic approaches; Meta-theoretical approaches; Modeling approaches

Challenges and intersections

The course aims to provide an advanced understanding of the challenges emerging from the intersection and exchange among contemporary perspectives on representations and media: Reality as mediatized social construction; Media and the construction of common sense; Communication, digitalization and cultures of contemporaneity; Intervention and social change

Theoretical and methodological advances

The course aims to provide an advanced understanding of the challenges emerging from the intersection and exchange among contemporary perspectives in social psychology and related disciplines: Embedded knowledge; Distributed knowledge; Discursive and narrative turns; Current trends in cultural psychology; Critical-discursive approaches; Cultural studies; The study of representations in the Humanities; Visual Culture research; Principles of semiotics

Scientific Publishing

Styles and requests across disciplines and nations; Journals, chapters, boks, special issues; how to identify a suitable journal, new trends open access and pre-registered studies, the risks of predatory publishing; the anatomy of a research article, the stages of writing; how to respond to reviewers.

Impact beyond Scientific Publishing

The course aims to explore fundamental aspects relating to the impact of scientific research beyond publications: Impact and engagement; from publication to co-production of knowledge; tools and trends for dissemination and public engagement; designing & implementing social intervention for social change.

1st, 2nd and 3rd year

Research Ethics

Ethics is a fundamental aspect in the planning and conduct of any study. This course aims to introduce and deepen theoretical reflection and practical aspects: Ethic of research within and across disciplines; Codes of conduct; Regulations; Practical aspects and case studies.

2nd and 3rd year

Other Training Activities

In the second and third years, doctoral students will complete their training with in-person and online courses aimed at deepening theoretical and methodological topics, as well as acquiring skills in science communication and dissemination, design, e.g.:

- advanced training courses on the use of statistical software,

- training in the use of science dissemination tools,

- training in scientific communication and publishing skills in different scientific communities and international contexts,

- research funding opportunities, from project to application. e.g. ERC and MSCA Actions, etc.

- open badge certified courses

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