Dear incoming doctoral student,
It is a pleasure for us to welcome you to the Doctoral School in Philosophy and Socio-Political Sciences (DSPSPS) at « ALEXANDRU IOAN CUZA » UNIVERSITY OF IASI.
By tradition and its prestige, the university is known all over the world, ranging the number 601 from 700 in the world universities ranking for the year 2012 (published by Quacquarelli Symonds Company). In Romania, it is among the top 10 universities for advanced research and education - bachelor, master and doctoral programs.The Diploma issued by the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi is recognized both in Romania and in almost 300 universities fromEurope, USA, Asia, Africa and Australia that has signed partnerships with our university.
With 2757 students enrolled, Faculty of Philosophy and Social-Political Sciences occupies the second place in the University hierarchy, but, in the same time it is one of the oldest in Romania because at Iasi, philosophical thinking has a very old tradition. At the beginning of the eighteenth century, here lived the great Romanian philosopher Dimitrie Cantemir, member of the Berlin Academy, but as an academic institution, the Faculty of Philosophy was created only in 1856 and, together with the Faculty of Law and Theology, they founded the University of Iasi on 1 October 1860.
Although not organized as a doctoral school, however, there were granted Doctoral degrees in Social Sciences (Sociology) from the early twentieth century, and after 1960 followed doctoral degrees in epistemology and logic, hermeneutics and the history of philosophy. After 1990, new fields of research have emerged, like political science and sciences of communication, all of them being supervised by professors who are highly specialized in those fields. Beginning with 1 September 2005, all these fields of research are united in a large school with over 100 PhD students and 15 PhD supervisors, as the PhD degree is offered now as part of the curricular program of the Faculty of Philosophy and Social-Political Sciences.
The DSPSPS has a strong interdisciplinary character, open to the latest research in these areas, which can boast with great international achievements: participations in conferences and forums, publications, and numerous joint supervisions with prestigious universities from Europe. The DSPSPS has four doctoral programs: Philosophy, Sciences of Communication, Sociology, and Political Sciences, but the strength of this PhD program lies in the diversity of its specializations. PhD student can chose a major or a minor field in the areas the department offers: Comparative Politics, International Relations, EU policies and institutions, History of Philosophy, History and Philosophy of Religion, Semiotics, Ethics, Hermeneutics, Philosophical anthropology, Metaphysics, Axiology, Philosophy of Culture and Intercultural Communication, Logic and applications, Rhetoric and argumentation theory, Psycho-sociology, Sociology of Religions, Legal Sociology and social work on vulnerable groups, Aesthetics, and more others.
Our mission is to help students like you to develop theoretical and research skills in order to become internationally recognize scholars, competitive university teachers, and leaders for the 21st century. In order to achieve this, you will take courses in theory and methodology, can spend a semester abroad to another university, gain teaching experience, and, finally, you will realize a significant original research, your doctoral thesis.
The last, but not the least, we should mention the opportunities offered by the city of Iaşi, located on seven hills, and having a population of almost 400,000 inhabitants. Here, you can visit museums, wonderful parks and the old Botanic garden, or you can enjoy a lot of cultural activities at theater, philharmonics, opera and ballet.
Looking forward to see you soon all I can say is….
Doctoral School in Philosophy
and Social-Political Sciences
Prof. Marius Dumitrescu, PhD