Bachelor's Degree in Applied Philosophy (L-05) - Unicusano

Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Philosophy (L-05)

Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Philosophy – the Course in Brief

The Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Philosophy aims to train graduates in philosophy who combine the traditional historical and theoretical preparation on the evolution and various models and paths of Western thought with a more specific preparation on the applied areas of philosophy that have always characterized this tradition, but that have even more strongly developed and established themselves in the contemporary era, especially since the twentieth century. Therefore, alongside the great traditions of theoretical and moral philosophy and those of political philosophy and law are added in this course of study those of the philosophy of language, philosophy of science and epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognitive processes, philosophy of medicine and economics. In this way, the course of study reflects a need for more detailed professionalization of the philosophy graduate, who will be able to answer the questions of contemporary society characterized by the fragmentation of knowledge. It will make it possible to rediscover in philosophy the Ariadne’s thread and the historical, the genetic and rational connection between the various specific domains of application of the models and research methods of the tradition of Western thought and the various sciences that have emerged from this tradition generating very specialized knowledge.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Philosophy
  • Professional Profile
  • Occupational opportunities in Applied Philosophy
  • Formative Objectives Bachelor’s Degree Program in Applied Philosophy
  • Final Examination

The Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Philosophy program is the best solution for all students, making it possible for those who are unable to attend a traditional university because they are far from home or for professional reasons to obtain this university degree.

Through Unicusano’s e-learning platform, it will be possible to follow the lectures of the online Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Philosophy, in telematic mode. It is possible to study on computer media from the comfort of home, in your own time, and then take the exams at the local exam centre. Thanks to the quality of its teachings and locations throughout Italy, Unicusano is today the best choice for those who wish to graduate with an Applied Philosophy online.

Professional profile and expected occupational and professional opportunities for Philosophy graduates

Human resource management services officer

function in a business setting:

responsibilities in the search, selection and management of employees; activities for the integration of professional figures within companies and public and private institutions; activities for the training and updating of employees.

skills associated with the function:

use of language and communication skills; identification of staff competencies and roles; interpersonal empathy and team coordination skills; ability to use computer and web technologies; inclination to continual learning and updating of content and strategies.

Employment outlets:

Local authorities and public administration – Public and private companies – Foundations – Museums – Libraries – Archives – Superintendence – Entrepreneurship

Text writer and editor

function in a work context:

Finding and updating information including through the use of information technology and the web; ability to verify sources and the authenticity of news; content development and text editing activities; organization of text from the point of view of editorial format and syntactic and lexical approach to the text itself; interpersonal skills to converse with intellectuals and experts who draft texts or edit them from the point of view of scientific editing

skills associated with the function:

ability to write correctly and effectively; skill in the use of computer and graphics programs; willingness to learn technologically up-to-date programs; ability to coordinate in the work team; ability to select and verify information; ability to engage in scientifically aware dialogue with scholars and experts.

employment outlets:

Publishing houses; Multimedia publishing; Editing of journals, including scientific and thematic journals; Editing of newspapers; Press offices of corporations and companies; Public and private entities related to the production and/or organization of cultural events.

Cultural worker

function in a work context:

coordination, organization and creation of cultural events and projects and promotion and communication campaigns; coordination of the work team involved in the organization of cultural events and projects; selection, archiving and cataloguing of documentation and organization of information relevant to the management of cultural projects; staging and management of exhibitions, expositions, promotion and communication campaigns for selected or broad audiences; ability to use old and new media; organization of cultural and educational and educational activities.

skills associated with the function:

ability to write correctly and effectively; ability to use computer and graphics programs; willingness to learn technologically up-to-date programs; ability to coordinate in work team; ability to select and verify information; ability to engage in scientifically informed dialogue with scholars and experts

Employment outlets:

Press offices of agencies and companies; Public and private entities related to the production and/or organization of cultural events.

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Knowledge required for admission

To be admitted to the Course of Studies, one must possess a high school diploma or other qualification obtained abroad and recognized as suitable. Admission to the Course of Studies in Applied Philosophy also requires an adequate basic preparation consisting of a general knowledge of the main aspects and moments of philosophical culture in its historical development, such as that provided by the specific teachings provided in upper high schools. The initial preparation of students will be verified in the manner prescribed by the Didactic Regulations of the degree course.

Modalities of Admission

Niccolò Cusano University verifies that the initial knowledge of enrolling students is as stipulated in the Didactic Regulations of the individual Courses of Study.

In this regard, the aforementioned Didactic Regulations provide information about the basic knowledge required to profitably approach the chosen Course of Study.

Students who intend to enrol must be in possession of a high school diploma or other equivalent qualification, also obtained abroad, recognized as suitable according to current regulations. In addition, for matriculation, it is necessary to take an admission test in which the initial preparation is evaluated through a non-binding admission test that will consist of an orientation test delivered online on the UNICUSANO platform that must be duly carried out by the student according to predefined times and methods.

Specific educational objectives of the Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Philosophy and description of the training course

The Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Philosophy is structured on the basis of a specific declination of the qualifying educational Objectives of the Degree Class L05 and allows training based on the acquisition of a historical-critical capacity of the fundamental themes and problems of contemporary philosophical debate and applications on the various domains of knowledge that have developed decisively since the twentieth century.

The curriculum is articulated through the basic activities that, in the first year of the course, provide preparation in the key areas of history of philosophy, theoretical philosophy, political philosophy or law, moral philosophy and bioethics, and philosophy of science. During the second year, characterizing activities deepen the course with regard to applications of philosophy in the areas of language, ethics, aesthetics, philosophical anthropology, education and psychology. During the second year competence in the foreign language will be acquired. In the third year, activities allow the student to devote himself to thesis writing, in-depth study of cognitive and scientific applications of philosophy with related subjects.

The student trained in Applied Philosophy will enjoy transversal skills and broad cultural flexibility to successfully enter the world of work or pursue studies in specialized fields. The result is achieved through a very rich and ramified educational offering that presents theoretical and applied declinations of the traditional disciplines and areas of the philosophical field and other areas provided by the didactic order of the course of study, such as historical, linguistic, pedagogical etc.

In particular, the basic activities provide an ‘introduction to the history, methods, content and fundamental points of Western thought such as to familiarize the student not only with the most decisive themes and topics of the philosophical sphere, but also with the use and mastery of the vocabulary of the discipline in the main theoretical, logical-epistemological, aesthetic, ethical-political, historical-scientific, linguistic and psychological-cognitive, and likewise with the mastery of the methods and chains of reasoning and argumentation that serve to generate a forma mentis adequate for the elaboration and resolution of problems that may arise in various professional contexts.

The student will also acquire the ability to read and interpret philosophical texts such as to allow further study of the issues dealt with in them and to find interrelationships with other humanities disciplines and with the areas of application of philosophy in the contexts of ethics, aesthetics, language, epistemology, physical and biological sciences, psychology and contemporary cognitive sciences.

Among the fundamental activities we also find areas other than the strictly philosophical such as the group of disciplines in the historical, linguistic and legal fields that enrich the student’s preparation and make it clear how the historical method provides a rich understanding of the correlations and causal connections that have much to do with the philosophical elaboration of reality and with the reading of the socio-historical phenomena with which the various professions are confronted.

The student will be able to use the Italian language adequately in the study and exposition of disciplines and will acquire adequate competence in the foreign language.

The study of fields other than philosophy shows the student how the philosophical method has disseminated its argumentative force also in different fields that prove how reasoning and argumentative skills are a decisive tool that is adapted and applied to different and complex fields from time to time.

The characterizing activities aim to make evident and make the student practice this regime of continuous adherence and application because they show how philosophy has been able to play its function as a general method of knowledge and a linking of human knowledge by applying itself to various fields such as language, science, art and aesthetics, relationships and philosophical anthropology and generating various specialized sciences such as Psychology and Sociology.

While no specific knowledge is required, this test emphasizes aspects of basic preparation, such as knowledge and skills in the areas of general culture, aptitude for the use of logic, and sensitivity to social, sociological and psychological problems.

In case of failure, Additional Educational Obligations are assigned to be fulfilled within the first year of the course of study.

Expected Learning Outcomes.

Knowledge and understanding skills

The Course of Study enables the acquisition of knowledge and specific comprehension skills with reference to the main theoretical models and speculative problems present in the various theoretical, moral, aesthetic, cognitive, epistemological and linguistic fields and in the various applied fields of cognitive sciences, the study of mind and consciousness, general and social psychology with regard to philosophical reflection, as well as the fields of communication, politics and law. It also makes it possible to achieve, along with adequate skills in reading and understanding texts (including in the original language and with the use of appropriate bibliographical tools), sufficient mastery of vocabulary and argumentative modes for the analysis of problems and the elaboration of philosophical analysis. These purposes are addressed by the basic and characterizing educational activities that articulate the classical historical-philosophical area to the theoretical-cognitive-linguistic area in which the classical themes and problems of philosophy are updated through their reworking in the contexts of the linguistic turn and the mental turn that have characterized philosophy from the twentieth century onward up to the most recent scenarios, and then integrate it with the moral and political-legal area that combines in itself the classical historical roots of Western thought with application areas that have become increasingly current and still in great ferment.

Added to these are the area devoted to science, which cuts across many of the areas already mentioned but has its specific training place in the disciplines of philosophy of science.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding

The graduate in Applied Philosophy will know how to apply the knowledge and skills indicated above both in defining problems pertinent to his or her training, and in generating models of interpretation and elaboration of argumentation appropriate to the context of research and application of knowledge in which he or she will be working, and finally in identifying solutions to those problems and paths of reasoning, pertinent precisely through the application models he or she has come into possession of in the course of his or her studies. In this perspective, the graduate will have benefited from a congruent number of disciplinary teachings capable of providing him or her with the theoretical models, the appropriate problematization and the search for coherent and effective solutions and paths of reasoning. The preparation of the final paper for the degree, also characterized by an active relationship with the lecturer-reporter, and the various moments of verification during the attendance of the course of study certainly contribute to this maturation.

In the teachings of the Degree Course, the ability to apply knowledge is provided mainly through the interactive teaching activities carried out in virtual classes through the solution of exercises aimed at the application of theoretical knowledge provided in the lectures.

The verification of the ability to apply the acquired knowledge and understanding is done through both written and/or oral examinations and through the tracking and evaluation of the activities̀ carried out by the student during the exercises offered as interactive teaching in the individual teachings.

Making judgment

The graduate in Applied Philosophy will be able to express an adequate autonomy of judgment in questioning the various theoretical models and methods of philosophy in order to interpret a wide variety of applied contexts and elements useful for the determination of problems pertinent to his or her field of study and to the broader socio-cultural context in which he or she will work.

Verification of the acquisition and level of autonomy will take place through

– the administration, progressive and continuous during the lectures and other activities carried out in the virtual classroom, of texts to be interpreted critically, giving reasons for their choices;

– the intermediate tests carried out as part of the individual teachings;

– the final proof (examination) of each individual teaching.

Communication skills

The graduate in Applied Philosophy will have such communicative skills as to enable him/her to convey and explicate the acquired competences and related problems of various domains of knowledge of the humanities and exact sciences also in the terms and modes of direct communication to a wider audience. He/she will also have written and oral knowledge of at least one modern foreign language of the European Union (with reference also to disciplinary lexicons) and be able to make use of basic computer techniques for the preservation and communication of knowledge.

Verification of the progress of skills will take place as part of the in itinere and final tests of the courses in the language field and in the aptitude tests of the Other Educational Activities.

Learning skills

The graduate student in Applied Philosophy will develop learning skills of two different orders: those related to the knowledge acquired in the course of attending the course of study and that have specific repercussions in the applied areas of philosophy that have been proposed for study; those related to the ability to use the knowledge learned for further training processes in subsequent cycles and in the contexts in which the graduate will find himself operating in his professional paths on the basis of both the models and interpretative approaches acquired with respect to his field of study and the ability to use autonomously and appropriately basic bibliographic and computer sources and tools for research and scientific updating.

Acquired skills will be assessed through the ability to solve problems posed by heterogeneous texts administered in the course of lectures and exercises, carried out in the virtual classroom, in itinere tests, where provided, and final exams.

Final Examination

The Degree in Applied Philosophy is obtained after passing a final examination that involves the preparation of a written paper evaluated by a special committee discussed by the student before the aforementioned committee. The paper consists of the analysis of a theoretical or applied topic of philosophy either from a more historical perspective and commentary on the reference texts of the philosophical landscape, or from a more theoretical perspective of comparisons of models and methods with regard to the exploration of a well-defined philosophical domain or problem that may also concern the applied areas of philosophy proposed and analysed in the course of study.






List of teachings

General curriculum class L-05

Philosophy degree class

Bachelor’s degree program in Applied Philosophy




First year

Theoretical Philosophy



History of philosophy



Political Philosophy MARCHILIMICALONI



Moral philosophy and bioethics



Philosophy of science and analysis of reasoning



Computer Science



Theory of language and communication






Second year

Applied ethics






Theory of person and relationship



Philosophy of education


Didactics and Special Pedagogy




General Psychology



Philosophy of Mind



English language






Third year

18 credits to be acquired from the following subjects:

Greek history

Roman history

Medieval history

Modern history

Contemporary history

General linguistics




Philosophy of Cognitive Processes and Social Cognition CRUCIANI – ONNIS



Philosophy of Medicine


Social Psychology




Student’s choice of subject



Final exam