The Department of Political and Social Sciences (DSPS) gather together professors and researchers in political and social sciences of the University of Florence. The research and higher education program of the Department places emphasis on a multidisciplinary approach, based on the long-lasting tradition of the first Italian School of political and social sciences — the « Cesare Alfieri » School of political sciences — nowadays updated and enriched with the contribution of professors and researchers coming from others faculties and departments of the University of Florence.

The DSPS is therefore an institution hosting the different disciplinary specializations of modern social sciences — political science, sociology, political philosophy, contemporary history and international relations history — oriented to the study of national, sub-national and transnational societies, of international relations, of contemporary social and political phenomena, analyzed in their inter-dependence, in their historical roots and in their recent changes, through empirical and comparative research.

The DSPS is located in the Campus of Social Sciences, block D5 via delle Pandette 32, Florence.