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«…today we are not only living in a time of changes but are experiencing a true epochal shift, marked by a wide-ranging “anthropological” and “environmental crisis”. Indeed, we daily see “signs that things are now reaching a breaking point, due to the rapid pace of change and degradation (…)”. In a word, this calls for “changing the models of global development” and “redefining our notion of progress”. Yet “the problem is that we still lack the culture necessary to confront this crisis…”»

Veritatis Gaudium, Proemio, 3

Culture of Unity

Licentiate Degree Course (Master’s Degree) | 2023-2025

The Sophia University Institute renews its programme by focussing on an even more organic integration of knowledge and wisdom. The Degree in “Culture of Unity” intends to promote an inter- and trans-disciplinary education to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world, where it is essential to learn how to interrogate reality within research and work communities, to grasp the trajectories of change taking place and to act on them.

A first part of the course, common to all students, is reserved for a significant transdisciplinary itinerary with a historical structure, marked by the great questions of those who have inhabited and inhabit the planet today.

Within this framework, the overview of the “common home” encounters four specializations in the following study programmes, of your choice:

The third part of the course involves interdisciplinary profile work in which students will co-construct workshops on topical issues, identified from year to year. This part is particularly aimed at developing the ’21st century skills’ that are increasingly in demand on the labour market.

Finally, the student will produce a thesis in which he/she will explore a specific topic in depth, demonstrate a qualified and original outlook and the ability to effectively communicate the results of the research.

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Economy, Sustainability, Communion

Specialisation of the Degree Course (Master’s Degree) in Culture of Unity

How to act in the globalised economy of the 21st century in a way that makes it fairer and more sustainable? This specialization intends to take this pressing challenge seriously, first and foremost in terms of ideas. And it raises the challenge for motivated students who want to commit themselves to understanding the complexity of phenomena – economic, social, political, cultural – in order to be agents of change, which is now more necessary than ever.

This requires acquiring sound economic and management skills and at the same time training to work as a team – students and teachers together. The goal is an idea of the common good that looks at the whole world while respecting its communities, that puts those who are socially weaker first, and that understands the centrality and urgency of the environmental issue.

The course is designed to prepare those who attend it to work with this perspective not only in the productive and commercial world, but also in public administrations and social enterprises.

Various lecturers

3ECTS

Among the Complementary Courses:

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Political Fraternity and Global Studies

Specialisation of the Degree Course (Master’s Degree) in Culture of Unity

In the contemporary scenario, politics plays a key role. Studying at Sophia means questioning the mainstream reference points of political thought and action in order to look at reality from a different perspective, that of unity. For this reason, studies in the specialized field integrate knowledge of history and law, international relations and economics, philosophy and political science, in the light of shared universal values.

We are convinced that today governance of society means governance with society. This calls for widespread, collaborative and polycentric organisational and decision-making models, both locally and internationally. Participation, subsidiarity, sustainable development, common goods and co-governance are the cornerstones of this vision guided by the principle of political fraternity, a reference point and measure of public action as well, which finds in Sophia a study centre of excellence.

The course trains qualified professionals and opens up wide-ranging job opportunities to strengthen cooperation, sustainability and justice in different regions and institutions.

Among the Complementary Courses:

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Philosophy, Theology, Trinitarian Ontology

Specialisation of the Degree Course (Master’s Degree) in Culture of Unity

This specialization offers a philosophical and theological specialization, looking at Christian Revelation in dialogue with various areas of thought. The encounter between philosophy and theology is further enriched from the perspective of Trinitarian ontology which, on the basis of a specific re-interpretation of the history of thought, in its various cultural expressions and disciplinary declinations, proposes a performative paradigm of relational interpretation of the person, of history, of the cosmos.

At work, among teachers and students, is also the attempt to recover an original sense of philosophy, a symphilosophein, a ‘doing philosophy together’, an essential condition for philosophy, which is in letter and spirit ‘love of wisdom’, to lead to ‘knowing how to love’. For us, the great cultures and other traditions of thought offer a further element of richness, which contributes to the flowering of the human in an international and intercultural environment full of stimuli and opportunities.

Among the Complementary Courses:

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Peace, Dialogue, Communication

Specialisation of the Degree Course (Master’s Degree) in Culture of Unity

How to deal with the pluralism that runs through our societies? How to contain tensions between differences and avoid a destructive polarisation between religious, ethnic and political identities? After the time of radical confrontation, what is the contribution of the great religious inspirations today? Along with walls and new dividing lines between people and peoples, we also see the growth of mutual interdependence and the awareness that we inhabit the same planet. We need each other.

Sophia introduces a specific subject area aimed at training specialists in intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, professionals in generative communication, mediators of peace processes, capable of declining the potential of encounter in contemporary scenarios.

The courses will explore the operational dimensions of speech and dialogue to constructively shape the everyday fabric of living together as well as complex social and cultural arrangements. With the aim of exploring the resources of peace, communication and mediation for peace-building and moving away from secular outcomes where difference has turned into inequality, diversity into discrimination.

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ACADEMIC DEGREE

Licentiate (Master’s Degree) in Culture of Unity

DURATION

Full time curriculum (120 ECTS, 4 semesters); with the possibility of following a shorter programme and obtaining a certificate.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Italian, level B1 (courses are held in Italian). Online courses to learn Italian begin in July.

ACCOMMODATION

On campus: Figline e Incisa Valdarno (Florence). For more information contact info@sophiauniversity.org

TUITION FEES

PREPARATORY COURSES START DATE

START OF FIRST SEMESTER

APPLICATION DEADLINES

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor’s degree or qualification of an equivalent standard earned after a minimum of three years of study (180 ECTS or more) from a university or recognised higher education institution in a subject relevant to the Degree programme

ADMISSIONS

Applicant selection based on interviews and evaluation of academic records (see vedi info section for how to apply).

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