The Graduate Program in Political Science is guided by high-level graduate training and innovative research in the four lines of research associated with all traditional areas of Political Science: 1) political theory and political thought, 2) democracy, political institutions and society, 3) public policy and 4) international relations. In doing so, it stimulates interdisciplinary research, dialoguing with related areas, such as law, economics and history.
A transversal commitment concerns the permanent development of Political Science itself. Thus, the research has in mind not only the achievement of substantive results, but the improvement of the investigative method itself - whether theoretical or empirical - capable of raising the level of quality of scientific production.
Some of the lines of research are housed in specific centers, associated with the Department and directed by its professors.