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Government and Policies

The master’s degree program in Government and Policies represents an innovation in the field of university studies. The program provides specialized training in the sectors of administration, public policy, public management, and new media in their relationship with the political and institutional context. Giving space to non-traditional educational practices, Government and Policies is also aimed at preparing students for the world of work. Specifically, the program emphasizes the acquisition of professional skills and logical abilities that are essential for effective problem solving. The educational process for students, finally, is punctuated by meetings with important representatives of the business community, institutions and politics, and is characterized by an intensive and advanced study of languages.

Our goal is to offer students both theoretic and practical skills that allow them to enter the workforce with ease after graduation. To achieve this, the university provides internship programs and opportunities to come in contact with potential employers during the second year of the master’s degree program. The university also offers Double Degree programs that allow students to spend one year at LUISS and another with a partner university abroad, earning two degrees in two years. The international spirit that characterizes the department is demonstrated through numerous opportunities to study in more than one hundred countries for six months to a year as well as the possibility to study with foreign professors in Rome.

The degree program is divided into an initial core of common courses and then into four distinct majors:

The major in Comunicazione e nuovi media (Communications and New Media) trains students to be able to strategically evaluate and manage the role of media and in general new digital communications technologies in sectors focused on managing political processes of the government and public policies. To this end the major has courses centered around the relationship between political communication and E-government, on deliberative democracy with regard to new technologies and on the interconnection between the languages of politics and new media.

The major in Istituzioni e politiche (Institutions and Policies) provides students with the theoretical and operational skills needed to work in public institutions in the broad sense (local, national and international administrations, as well as lobbyists, political parties, corporate institutional relations, etc.). The program includes specialist courses focused on the decision-making logic that characterizes the elected assemblies, the dynamics of European economic policy, multilevel governance and the ethical rules that should frame the action of public office holders.

A distinctive element of the majors in Politiche pubbliche (Public Policies) in Italian and English is the analysis of empirical data, both from surveys and from official statistics related to the socio-economic variables affected by public policies.

Public policies are a crucial aspect of national life. Social and technological change continuously creates new situations that require the adoption of new or updated policies. The countries that respond best to this challenge acquire an important competitive advantage in global competition between systems and countries. The majors introduce theories and models in the study of public policies and prepare for an interdisciplinary and comparative critical analysis of several specific areas related to the cohesion of the European Union, health, energy and environment as well as social and labor aspects. Particular attention is dedicated to methods of evaluating public policies in terms of goals to achieve, the means to reach them, and the effectiveness of the results related to the goals set.

Employment and professional opportunities for graduates

The goal of the degree program in Government and Policies is to train different types of professionals able to operate at top levels in public and private institutions, in the design, management and evaluation of public policies and in the scenario delineated by the relationship between new media and the public sphere, bringing a solid, complete and updated preparation. The major in Comunicazione e nuovi media (Communications and New Media) prepares professionals to operate strategically in local, national and international public administrations, and more generally to find a position in a labor market characterized by an ever more pronounced relationship between new media and the political and institutional environment. Graduates possess a solid interdisciplinary foundation in the historical, political, economic and legal fields, and they complete their profile by acquiring specific expertise in the media sector thanks to specialized courses on their résumé. The goal of the major in Istituzioni e Politiche (Institutions and Policies) is to enable graduates to access, through sound expertise acquired in law, important positions within public institutions. The curriculum is designed to enable graduates to operate effectively in constitutional bodies, in European, national and local administrations, at independent authorities, and on behalf of those who work with them within the sectors of institutional relations, lobbying, and political parties. The majors in Public Policies (Politiche pubbliche) in Italian and English are aimed at training professionals to perform specialized functions in important roles on behalf of public administrations (EU or international institutions, ministries, independent authorities, regions and associations of municipalities) or with private entities such as research centers, consulting firms, organizations representing various interests, large corporations, or as freelancers responsible for independent evaluations.

Study plan

Comunicazione e nuovi media

First year (2017-2018)

First semester

CodeCourseSSDCreditsProfessor
M090Administrative lawIUS/108
M208Quantitative methods for policy evaluationSECS-S/038
SKDThe italian political systemSPS/046
M092History of the european institutionsM-STO/048

Second semester

CodeCourseSSDCreditsProfessor
M093Analysis and evaluation of public policiesSPS/078
M095Communication and information lawIUS/096
SCYPublic economicsSECS-P/018
M094Public managementSECS-P/016

Second year (2018-2019)

First semester

CodeCourseSSDCreditsProfessor
M210Democratic innovationSPS/086
  • TBA
M100Politics and new mediaM-FIL/056
  • TBA
M145Open governmentSPS/086
  • TBA
Additional creditsCredits
A scelta dello studente12
Per la prova finale14
Ulteriori conoscenze linguistiche8
Abilità informatiche e telematiche2
Altre conoscenze utili per l'inserimento nel mondo del lavoro8
Total number of credits120

Istituzioni e politiche

First year (2017-2018)

First semester

CodeCourseSSDCreditsProfessor
M090Administrative lawIUS/108
M208Quantitative methods for policy evaluationSECS-S/038
SKDThe italian political systemSPS/046
M092History of the european institutionsM-STO/048

Second semester

CodeCourseSSDCreditsProfessor
M093Analysis and evaluation of public policiesSPS/078
SCYPublic economicsSECS-P/018
M096Federalism, independences and subsidiarityIUS/096
M094Public managementSECS-P/016

Second year (2018-2019)

First semester

CodeCourseSSDCreditsProfessor
S09Elective assemblies lawIUS/096
  • TBA
AH3Public ethicsSPS/016
  • TBA
AH4European economic policySECS-P/016
  • TBA
Additional creditsCredits
A scelta dello studente12
Per la prova finale14
Ulteriori conoscenze linguistiche8
Abilità informatiche e telematiche2
Altre conoscenze utili per l'inserimento nel mondo del lavoro8
Total number of credits120

Politiche pubbliche

First year (2017-2018)

First semester

CodeCourseSSDCreditsProfessor
M090Administrative lawIUS/108
M208Quantitative methods for policy evaluationSECS-S/038
SKDThe italian political systemSPS/046
M092History of the european institutionsM-STO/048

Second semester

CodeCourseSSDCreditsProfessor
M093Analysis and evaluation of public policiesSPS/078
SCYPublic economicsSECS-P/018
M097Health policiesSPS/076
M094Public managementSECS-P/016

Second year (2018-2019)

First semester

CodeCourseSSDCreditsProfessor
M103Cohesion policy of the european unionSPS/046
  • TBA
M104Energy and environmental policiesSECS-P/026
  • TBA
M105Labour and social policiesSPS/126
  • TBA
Additional creditsCredits
A scelta dello studente12
Per la prova finale14
Ulteriori conoscenze linguistiche8
Abilità informatiche e telematiche2
Altre conoscenze utili per l'inserimento nel mondo del lavoro8
Total number of credits120

Public policies

First year (2017-2018)

First semester

CodeCourseSSDCreditsProfessor
M146Administrative lawIUS/108
M147European institutional historyM-STO/048
SKTItalian political systemSPS/046
M209Quantitative methods for policy evaluationSECS-S/038

Second semester

CodeCourseSSDCreditsProfessor
M149Analysis and evaluations of public policiesSPS/078
M152Health care policySPS/076
M150Public economicsSECS-P/018
M094Public managementSECS-P/016

Second year (2018-2019)

First semester

CodeCourseSSDCreditsProfessor
M154Energy and environmental policySECS-P/026
  • TBA
M151The policy of eu structural fundsSPS/046
  • TBA
M153Welfare and labor policySPS/126
  • TBA
Additional creditsCredits
A scelta dello studente12
Per la prova finale14
Ulteriori conoscenze linguistiche8
Abilità informatiche e telematiche2
Altre conoscenze utili per l'inserimento nel mondo del lavoro8
Total number of credits120