Curriculum Structure

The academic year in Turin is structured into four blocks of 6-7 teaching weeks, plus exam periods.

  • Fall: from mid-September to the end of October
  • Winter: from mid-November to mid-January (there is a Christmas break)
  • Spring: from mid-February to the end of March
  • Summer: from mid-April to the end of May

Students must gain 60 ECTS credits per year, including 30 ECTS reserved to the MA thesis in the second year. An overview of the curricular flow is given below. Each course adds up to 6 ECTS credits with the exception of Logic and Rationality, which amounts to 12 ECTS credits.

On this page you find an overview of courses taught in the academic year 2019/2020. Please also have a look at our concise course descriptions (pdf format). You can find a bureaucratically precise version of the curriculum here (in Italian).

In addition to the courses listed below, students freely choose elective courses from all (anglophone) courses offered at the University of Turin. This includes philosophy courses in the PIC program; there is no obligation to attend courses at a different department. These electives are not bound to a year of study; however, the sum of credit points gained over both years equals 12 ECTS. Typically, this means that a student chooses two electives with 6 ECTS each. He or she decides autonomously whether to take both in the first year, both in the second year, or one per year.

Curricular Flow

First year

  • Logic and Rationality (12 credit points)
  • History of Philosophy I
  • Academic English
  • Three courses to be chosen among the following:
    • Aesthetics
    • Bioethics
    • Continental Philosophy
    • Epistemology
    • Formal Epistemology and Philosophy of Science
    • Metaphysics
    • Mind & Language
    • Philosophy of Language
    • Social Ontology
  • One course to be chosen among the following:
    • Applied Philosophy
    • History of Ideas
    • Italian Studies
    • Philosophy and Mathematics
    • Philosophy of Literature
    • Philosophy of Music
    • Philosophy of Nature (formerly Philosophy of Biology)
    • Philosophy of Technology
  • One course to be chosen among the following:
    • Human Rights Cultures in the European Union.
      Note: this course will be discontinued from 2020/21 onwards and be replaced by “Games, Preferences and Decisions”.
    • Interpreting the Macroeconomic Scenario.
      Note: This is an online course!
  • Elective courses (see explanation above).

Second year

  • History of Philosophy II
  • History of Science
  • One course to be chosen among the following:
    • Aesthetics
    • Bioethics
    • Epistemology
    • Epistemology of the Humanities (not offered in the academic year 2019/2020)
    • Formal Epistemology and Philosophy of Science
    • Mind & Language
    • Philosophy of Literature
    • Social Ontology
  • One course to be chosen among the following:
    • Applied Philosophy
    • History of Ideas
    • Philosophy of Nature (formerly Philosophy of Biology)
    • Philosophy of Music
  • Elective courses (see explanation above).
  • MA Thesis

For the elective courses, we wish to highlight “Asian Philosophy”, offered by the Department of Humanistic Studies since it is the only proper philosophy class outside our department and students may otherwise not be aware of it.

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