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The Department sections are:

- Pedagogy;

- Environment and territory;

- Cultural heritage;

- Human being, society and languages



The “Pedagogy” section is the most numerous, given its relevance, within the Department of “Education, Cultural Heritage and Tourism”. It has 22 units, including full tenured professors, associate professors and researchers, integrated into all four scientific disciplinary areas of the entire pedagogy field: general and social pedagogy, history of pedagogy, didactics and special pedagogy, experimental pedagogy.

Several research topics have been worked on for years - and sometimes decades - by single professors, also in synergy with each other and in association with other national and international research groups: ranging from pedagogical theory and philosophical education with a view to the future of social pedagogy, from that of the family educational relationships to adult education, from intercultural pedagogy to that of work, from art and cultural heritage pedagogy to the history of pedagogy, from the history of educational institutions and schools to the theory and history of literature for children, from general education to special pedagogy, from education technologies to e-learning systems, from artificial intelligence, to guidance and assessment. All of this, with decisive and constant attention, at the same time, towards all personal, relational and social aspects of post-modernity: genres, symbols, messages, consumption, new editorial experiments etc.

The group is also vastly and significantly internationally exposed, with various European projects in which the section is a leader or a member of the relevant topics in the sector of “Education”, within a perspective of appropriate contamination between scientific disciplinary areas and research settings. Management, as well as the editorial staff of two A segment journals, (included in the ANVUR cataloguing): Education Sciences and Society (ES & S), and History of Education & Children’s Literature (HECL), fall under this section too.

The future guidelines of the section include a further increase in the network of national and international association, and the creation of even more incisive and virtuous relationships between research and didactics, following the best university tradition and the spirit of law no. 240/2010, while at the same time encouraging each additional form of innovative, multimedia, technological and distance learning teaching.


The multiplicity of skills expressed by its members is an essential resource for the design and development of research, also in collaboration with scholars from other countries, around macro-themes regarding history, geography, political, legal, ethical and cultural aspects, economics, marketing, the natural environment and the sustainable management of the regional, national and supranational territory. Within this context, the ongoing research of the section and that which has recently been activated, will eventually lead to a multi-dimensional analysis of the various territories of reference possible, even through the integration, coordination experience and the knowledge of scholars belonging to different scientific disciplinary areas. In order to pursue vital and increasing quality in terms of research, the members of the section will constantly be encouraged to participate, even as coordinators, both in national projects and international projects, maintaining current work relationships with Italian and foreign colleagues, while also establishing new European and non-European collaborations. Particular attention will be paid to the constant and careful integration of education with the activities and the results of scientific research. This is an easily feasible target, especially in those courses that specifically provide training and laboratory activities which are certainly necessary in post graduate programmes, such as Master’s programmes, post graduate training programmes, and Doctoral programmes.



The Cultural Heritage section involves multiple disciplinary skills (archaeology, archival science, law, economics and business management, information science, Italian studies, museology, art conservation, history, art history,) united by the common goal of implementing study, research and planning activities for the enhancement of cultural heritage. In addition to the long-term research projects that have been activated with Italian and foreign universities, the section maintains a constant dialogue and active collaboration with public and private entities operating in the enhancement of cultural heritage.

The basic assumption is that especially in the season of the economy of knowledge, culture is a primary resource for the tangible and intangible quality of people’s lives and for the development of the country.

In order not to disappoint the rights to culture of citizenship as guaranteed by the Constitution, to create social and market value for communities, individuals, territories, and for made in Italy products through the promotion of cultural heritage and to ensure the survival of the “cultural capital”, it is necessary to know the potential of the implicit value of objects and to know how to manage organisations that can determine this, in order to better meet the social and market demand. Even in the ministerial documents relating to the management of institutions and cultural services, as well as the needs expressed by the industry, there is a certain emphasis on the need for a multidisciplinary approach, that might integrate theoretical, speculative, legal, institutional, financial and operational knowledge and that might help to comprehend the convenient use of technological resources applicable to the activities of protection and enhancement.

In accordance with the research activity and to facilitate the dissemination of results, the section has created a journal, «Il capitale culturale – Studies on the Value of Cultural Heritage» (“The cultural capital – Studies on the Value of Cultural Heritage”), accredited by the Italian Academy of Business Administration and the National University Council for the History of Art. The journal fully implements the principles included in the 2003 Berlin Declaration about open access to scientific literature, reaffirmed in the CRUI (Italian Universities Rectors Conference) guidelines about open access journals. The journal is therefore available on line and free access to its content is guaranteed.


Psychology (general, social, developmental and educational), Sociology (general, cultural and communication processes), Italian Language and Literature, English, Spanish-American, Theoretical Philosophy, and Constitutional Law are the areas of research and teaching of this section, the name of which aims to highlight the fact that the various forms of human communication – with ourselves, with others and with the environment – are the main object of study. These different forms of communication are expressed in what people do and say, in their relations, that is, via observable behavioural patterns, which may be verbal as well as non-verbal. The “verbal” dimension concerns the studies either of written texts (Philosophical, Law/Legal, Literary etc.) or spoken communication (speeches, conversations etc.). The non-verbal dimension concerns cognitive processes, behaviours and actions.

From a methodological point of view, the Sector uses qualitative as well as quantitative approaches for data analysis. Some main ongoing research has also resulted in publications of International importance, concerning, for example: communication of certainty and uncertainty in scientific writings; analysis of impromptu conversations with particular reference to the phenomenon of “troubles talk” and “giving advice”; communicative aspects of humorous interactions; the construction of the identity of adolescents; opposing behaviour in the caregiver-child relationship, change and social cohesion in contemporary Italy; social inequalities, with particular reference to the state of access to health and welfare services; the new characteristics of the process of aging and transformation in life; family relations, educational and welfare systems; identity and gender and ethnic differences; different profiles of the digital divide; new digital technology as an integrated communication tool and promotion of tourist routes (analysis of  motivations and selection criteria of the post-modern tourist, who chooses specific tourist resorts based on procedures and interactive online tools; theoretical and practical knowledge of new tourism promotion by way of the e-business web.2.0 model); figurative language in its diverse expressions (metaphor, metonymy, idiomatic expressions) in real contexts (corpora); work and business crisis from a philosophical point of view; the main value of interpretation is to understand legal texts (the specificity of constitutional interpretation, interpretation conforms to the Constitution etc.); philological analysis and criticism of literary texts; Literature chronicles of the conquest and colonization of Spanish America, with a special focus on the history of ideas about languages.