The aim of this PhD course is to consider the person with disabilities in its uniqueness and in a multidimensional vision. Our attention is directed not only to material needs, but even to existential, relational, emotional and educational ones; so that we can develop an individualized path to live an independent life, enhancing and protecting the role of families and of those who care for them.
The Course is structured in a multidisciplinary training path, articulated in different activities (teaching, research and internships, both in Italy and abroad) aimed at acquiring specific skills on the recognition and protection of the rights of people with disabilities, as well as on the organization and management of their social condition, both in public and in business organizations.
The Course is based on an innovative approach through which students can acquire crossing skills, necessary to consider the promotion of diversity as a fundamental value of a plural and inclusive society.
The Course declines two levels of education and research, oriented to the acquisition of specific attitudes regarding the critical and conscious reading of legislative contexts and legal solutions, as well as organizational cultures:
-vertical, in depth and with an intra-disciplinary approach, since specialization is a source of competitive advantage
-horizontal, with inter-disciplinary work, since issues of inclusion, from a sustainable and long-term perspective, covers in itself multiple domains of knowledge, inside and outside academic walls.

The PhD program is characterized, moreover, by the international approach of the educational path, aimed at assigning to the Italian country-system and to the proposing University the strategic role of a pivot of the interationalization, offering to the other countries and to the partner universities – through the research work – a method in the processes of construction and active implementation of Welfare.

Law and Organizational studies by Luca Carnevale

Luigi Maria Sicca

Università di Napoli Federico II

Giuseppe Recinto

Università di Napoli Federico II

Davide Bizjak

Università di Napoli Federico II

Ilaria Boncori

University Essex

Paolo Carbone

Università Roma Tre

Stefano Consiglio

Università di Napoli Federico II

Barbara Czarniawska

Gothenburg University

Luciana D’Acunto

Università di Napoli Federico II

Gaetano Di Martino

Università di Napoli Federico II

Monika Kostera

University of Warsaw

Edoardo Mollona

Alma Mater – Università di Bologna

Barbara Salvatore

Università di Napoli Federico II

Luigi Maria Sicca

Università di Napoli Federico II

The teaching activity is concentrated in the first year of the course, while in the following three years the students will be engaged in conducting the research and reporting periodically on its progress both in individual interviews and in regular seminars.
The coursework is divided into mandatory courses with final verification, seminar activities during which students can discuss specific aspects of their doctoral work with faculty, and workshops held by invited scholars.

The first year’s teaching activity is divided into two terms: November-February and March-June and is organised as follows:

The first year:
– 6 seminar courses (about 10 meetings of two hours each);
– 6-8 workshops (3 consecutive meetings);
– active participation in the research workshop, the conferences and the seminars organised by the doctorate;

– participation in conferences on topics related to the dissertation organised by other universities and research institutions;

– preparation of a structured research project containing an expanded state-of-the-art for the transition to the 2nd year of the course.

Second year:
– active participation in conferences and workshops organised by the doctorate or other university and research institutions;
– 2 days of presentation of the progress of the research in the presence of the supervisor(s) and the board;
– research work at the thesis and preparation and presentation of a commented tabla of contents and at least one chapter.

Third year:
– Seminars presenting the current research in the presence of the supervisor(s) and the board and active participation in conferences and workshops;
– research work on the dissertation and preparation of at least one chapter;

Fourth year:
– completion of the dissertation.

Introduction to fundamental courses

The courses work of the SSM Area in “Law and Organizational Studies for People with Disability”, from November 2021 to January 2022, consists of some Fundamentals.

Courses are open to all the students of SSM. Thus, cross-disciplinary participation by both Undergraduate and Doctoral students from the different research areas of the School is encouraged.

The aim of these lectures is to introduce students to some theoretical premises of Law and Organizational Studies, in order to acquire some fundamental knowledge and skills that characterizes this LOSPD Area. It is therefore expected that each student would get a conceptual spectrum such rich to consider the Person with disability in its uniqueness and in a multidimensional vision.

All courses have the following common features: the first two introductory lectures will address some epistemological premises to the human and social sciences. For each course these epistemological premises will then be declined in the specific fields of Law and Organizational Studies.

In this way, the premises of philosophy of knowledge that hold together and connect Law and Organizational Studies will be clarified.

Moreover, all lectures follow the same didactic methodology: each lecture includes some mandatory readings for all students that they will have discuss with the teacher during the lessons, following the assigned tasks. Therefore, it is considered essential that students with a juridical background have full ability to manage the contents of organizational studies courses and – seemingly – all students of Organizational studies have full ability to manage the contents of Law courses.

The required standards will be differentiated for undergraduate and doctoral students.

First term 2021-2022

Davide Bizjak, Organization theory

Fabio Dell’Aversana, Personality Rights: personal and patrimonial aspects

Luca Pareschi (University of Rome Tor Vergata), Qualitative research methods and text analysis for analyzing the power of discourse

Barbara Salvatore, Protection of human rights: beginning and end of life issues

The following activities are managed in concert with the other SSM PhDs’ programmes.

Language courses: Italian language courses for foreigners, as well as English, French, German and Spanish are offered by the Centro Linguistico di Ateneo..
Computer skills: The School organises short courses to train PhD students in the critical use of digital resources and familiarise them with tools such as reference and source managers.
Management of research, knowledge of research systems and funding sources: The School organises training activities on funding opportunities .

Enhancement of research results and intellectual property: The School organises activities on the dissemination of scientific research, the protection of research results and authors, the protection of intellectual property and patenting procedures in the national and international field.

The research activity is carried out by each PhD student under the supervision of a thesis director chosen from among the members of the Scientific Board. The thesis director designated by the Board can be joined by a second director from within or outside the Board, possibly also activating a co-tutelle agreement.

The transition from the first to the second year will be decided on the basis of the presentation of an expanded research project including a state-of-the-art and a three-year work plan discussed in an interview which normally takes place in October. In addition to the discussion of the project itself and the papers prepared by them for the attended seminars and courses, the students will also present and discuss the bibliography relevant to their research.

The transition from the second to the third year will be based on the discussion and approval of an indicative but detailed outline of the thesis that the doctoral student proposes to draft and a chapter.

The transition from the third to the fourth year will take place on the basis of the presentation and discussion, and therefore the approval by the director of the thesis, of a further chapter of this and a detailed index.

Starting in January and continuing until June 2022, on Thursday there will be the “LOSPD – Research Advances: Thursday meetings”: Ph.D. students present to the others Ph.D. candidates, Postdoc fellows, undergraduate students and Professors the progress of their research.

Through the project “LOSPD Research Advances: Thursday meetings”, the Ph.D. students will have the opportunity to present the work in progress of their own research in two meetings at intervals: in the first one, each Ph.D. candidate will present their own ideas and receive feedback from the SSM community; at the second one each Ph.D. candidate will present a follow-up on the basis of the comments received at the first meeting plus how they are studying after the first meeting, up to propose their progress of the research work.

“LOSPD Advances: Thursday meetings” is open to all interested undergraduate students from all other disciplinary areas of the School and also to all other Ph.D. students, Postdoc fellows and Professors of SSM.

The schedule for the first half of 2021-2022 is available here, PDF: Research Advances Thursday meetings

En attendant … wonders about how delicate and important is the relationship between “being” a scientific community and “participating” to the life of a scientific community.

En attendant … is a cycle of international seminars. A cloistered experience. To be together, with a high level of focusing.

En attendant … aims to prepare the LOSPD academic community and its members for competition at the international conferences of leading international scientific societies: A year-round 365 days.

En attendant … is based on the awareness of how complex the relationship between means and ends always is: in the history of philosophy as well as in the theories and practices of Law and Organizing. When “being” a scientific community, gives weight to the importance of the processes that engenders research products.

En attendant … believes that the internationalization of research is both an object and a method and pays great attention to the processes (how-to-do), as well as on the results and performances (what to do/get). When “participating” to the life of a scientific community means constructing-togheter significant research products that represent effectively the result of an underlying research endeavor.

En attendant … do not uses to practice “defend your paper”. We strongly believe that a researcher should know how to listen critically, and after having listened to others, going on “work on it”. Doing exactly this, standing by and “working on it” is, nowadays, perhaps the missing piece among adults in permanent competition… en attendant.

En attendant… provides the opportunity for participants to publish their work in progress in pIJ.

En attendant… is designed and developed by Luigi Maria Sicca (Coordinator LOSPD – SSM) together with Edoardo Mollona (member of the Scientific board LOSPD – SSM) and Luca Zan within puntOorg International Research Network and is part of the academic research and teaching proposal of the LOSPD Area of SSM.

XIV edition Bologna 17th December 2021

Doctoral students are offered the opportunity to study and research abroad and to conduct their research thanks to co-supervision agreements.

Universities and international research centres with which the members of the Scientific Board maintain research collaborations:

  1. University of Essex
  2. University of Gothenburg
  3. University of Warsaw

Length of the programme: 4 years

Scholarship: each year the SSM advertises six scholarships amounting to € 19.000 gross per year.

In addition to the scholarship, each student receives a research allowance.


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