The Department of Political Science and Public Policy (DCPPP) was established in 2010 as a part of the School of Sociology and Public Policy (ESPP), bringing together the fields of Political Science, African Studies, Human Geography, Public Policy, and Social Work, which belonged formerly to the Department of Sociology. The new department was the result of both the strategic plan of Iscte – University Institute of Lisbon and the university's recognition of the volume and quality of work produced in these areas in both teaching and research.
The DCPPP has a qualified faculty of 21 professors, 17 of which have PhDs, who teach mainly in the various courses offered by the DCPPP:
New PhD and Master's courses are currently being reviewed, and others are being altered; these will be made public after approval by the relevant bodies.
The DCPPP accords great importance to the research conducted by its faculty, the quality of which is verified by the publications resulting from their research in the Centre for Research and Studies of Sociology (CIES-IUL), a research centre which has been continually classified as "Excellent" by the Foundation for Science and Technology. One of the strategic prioities of the DCPPP, as well as a distinctive mark of its School, is its commitment to linking research and teaching, particularly in the Master's and the PhD programmes.