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Political Science

The Department of Political Science offers a major in Italian in Scienze Politiche and one in English in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

The bachelor's degree program in Political Science is aimed at giving students a mastery of methods and content, which will provide them with scientific knowledge of contemporary politics. For this purpose, the program provides an interdisciplinary theoretical framework, which includes economics, politics, philosophy, law, sociology, history and communications. This is designed to encourage the ability – essential in order to understand contemporary politics – to grasp the relationships between the economic system, the political system and institutional structures. Teaching is mainly done through lectures, as at least for the first phase of university, this methodology remains the most effective one.

Lectures are integrated with more innovative methods of teaching – thanks to workshops, written tests, and case studies – in order to encourage the natural passage from bachelor’s degree studies to more specialized ones. The underlying idea, which has already been successful in several countries, is to offer the foundation needed to master political and institutional phenomena, debates on fundamental questions of our time, and the economic aspect of contemporary reality.

Considerable focus is given to languages. At the end of their studies, graduates in Political Science will have perfected their knowledge and mastery – both written and oral – of English and another foreign language (including Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, German and Russian). Language teaching is provided by native English teachers and done throughout the program, with evaluations by specialized institutions. This is followed by a language and academic/specialized skills module taught by LUISS professors, which is completed with an exam and assignment for a grade and credits.

The Politics, Philosophy and Economics major is open only to students with advanced proficiency in English, who continue to work on Academic English for Social Studies as well as one or two other foreign languages.

Employment and professional opportunities for graduates

This bachelor’s degree program provides solid preparation for a wide range of professions, many linked to newly developed or developing subjects in the globalizing world. At the end of the three-year program, graduates will be ready for decision-making roles, obtained through competitions open to bachelor’s degree graduates or more direct forms of personnel selection preceded by internships in the ranks of public administration, of national and international institutions, private businesses, in sectors related to organization, management of human resources and external relations, as well as public and private entities that operate internationally and in communications. However, the main outlet of the bachelor’s degrees has so far consisted in admission to a master’s degree program (or to a first-level master), in the awareness that the knowledge and interdisciplinary experience acquired in the three-year period needs to be refined and completed in order to be better appreciated by the world of work. The master’s degree programs at LUISS and the many first and second level masters are designed to meet these objectives.

Study plan

Politics, philosophy and economics

First year (2017-2018)

First semester

CodeCourseSSDCreditsProfessor
AN2Contemporary historyM-STO/048
AT6MicroeconomicsSECS-P/018
AN6SociologySPS/078
AN1StatisticsSECS-S/018

Second semester

CodeCourseSSDCreditsProfessor
AN7Behavioural economics and psychologySECS-P/018
AN3History of political thought (distributive justice)SPS/028
AN4Political philosophySPS/018
AN5Public lawIUS/098

Annual courses

CodeCourseSSDCreditsProfessor
AN8Academic englishL-LIN/128
  • TBA

Second year (2018-2019)

First semester

CodeCourseSSDCreditsProfessor
T009International lawIUS/138
  • TBA
T008International relationsSPS/048
  • TBA
T022Methods of social researchSPS/078
  • TBA

Second semester

CodeCourseSSDCreditsProfessor
T007European union lawIUS/148
  • TBA
T004MacroeconomicsSECS-P/018
  • TBA
T006Political scienceSPS/048
  • TBA

Third year (2019-2020)

First semester

CodeCourseSSDCreditsProfessor
T011History of political institutionsSPS/038
  • TBA
T010Political economy of developmentSECS-P/028
  • TBA
T020Political sociologySPS/118
  • TBA
Additional creditsCredits
A scelta dello studente12
Per la prova finale4
Per la conoscenza di almeno una lingua straniera8
Abilità informatiche e telematiche2
Altre conoscenze utili per l'inserimento nel mondo del lavoro10
Total number of credits180

Elective courses (12 credits)

At the end of second semester of second year student must compile study plans online through Web Self Service and choose two elective courses in order to complete the 12 compulsory credits into the study plan.

Elective courses

Academic English (8 credits)

Standard course length*: six semesters; five semesters with teachers from external institutions, the last semester with LUISS teachers.

Mandatory Second Language (8 credits)

Course length: five semesters; four semesters with teachers from external institutions, the last semester with LUISS teachers. Course commencement: the 2nd semester of the first year.

University language Center

Final Thesis

The final exam for the bachelor’s degree program consists in a evaluation of a dissertation written in Italian or English, depending on the degree program. The dissertation may be on a topic pertaining to a subject that the student has passed an exam on. It should be noted that bachelor's degree students no have to defend their final paper.

Informazioni sulla Prova Finale

Attività offerte

Course Attendance Course Contents Assessment method
Academic writing workshop Compulsory course for all students enrolled in the II semester of the II year of the bachelor's degree program, course finishes in the I semester of the III year The course fulfills requirements for the final research paper, and students are required to attend and pass the Workshop in order to graduate.
It equips students with the theoretical knowledge and practical competence necessary to produce formal writing that is clear and well-organized, concise, as well as grammatically and orthographically accurate.
This competence is developed by engaging in activities which enable students to produce the kind of writing which is indispensable for the final research paper.
Students must attend regularly (at least 70% of the total contact hours) and produce the required number of written assignments. The workshop teacher can evaluate students' participation in a variety of ways including exercises, written work, class participation, a test or final in-class writing.
Laboratory of data analysis for economics and political sciences (6 CFU sui 10 CFU previsti per le "Altre conoscenze utili per l'inserimento nel mondo del lavoro") Compulsory annual course for all students enrolled in the second year of the bachelor's degree program Competences in data collecting and processing represent a vital toolkit that is an integral part of a full professional profile.
Therefore it is suitable for both public administration and corporations which now, more than ever, need to make decisions based on objective, relevant and timely data in order to be competitive and efficient.
Students attending the laboratory will learn how to gather data of interest in terms of both the topic – political, economic or social – and territorial planning – national or international. In addition, they will be able to process them and use the findings.
Students must attend at least 70% of classes and produce a brief report on data analysis, suggested by the instructor or by the students themselves.
Lab of computer skills (2 CFU)Compulsory course for all students enrolled in the first year of the bachelor's degree program. First semester - First year The course provides the basics of the working principles of modern digital technologies.

Objectives of the class: understanding the concepts of data, information and coding; understanding the combination of hardware and software components, that makes up modern digital devices especially those used in business; understanding the main aspects of modern communication networks, the architecture of the web, and the features of the cloud computing; understanding the concept of software application as solution of specific problems; understanding the concepts of algorithm and computer program; understanding the basic concept of database and the potential of BigData analysis as a tool for decision support; understanding information security key concepts; being aware of the perils arising from the use of malicious software and the exposure of corporate and/or personal sensitive information.
In order to take the final exam and receive credits, students must have completed the following New ECDL modules: Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Presentation.
The competences are assessed either via oral or written (on the basis on the number of students) format.

Scienze politiche

First year (2017-2018)

First semester

CodeCourseSSDCreditsGroup AGroup B
033Political philosophySPS/018
T014General and political sociologySPS/118
358StatisticsSECS-S/018

Second semester

CodeCourseSSDCreditsGroup AGroup B
037Italian public lawIUS/098
263MicroeconomicsSECS-P/018
101Contemporary historyM-STO/048
264History of political thoughtSPS/028

Annual courses

CodeCourseSSDCreditsProfessor
179EnglishL-LIN/128
  • TBA

Second year (2018-2019)

First semester

CodeCourseSSDCreditsProfessor
672MacroeconomicsSECS-P/018
  • TBA
334Methodology of social sciencesM-FIL/028
  • TBA
421International relationsSPS/048
  • TBA

Second semester

CodeCourseSSDCreditsProfessor
AN9European union lawIUS/148
  • TBA
013International lawIUS/138
  • TBA
061Political scienceSPS/048
  • TBA
556Sociology of communicationSPS/088
  • TBA

Third year (2019-2020)

First semester

CodeCourseSSDCreditsProfessor
745Business lawIUS/058
  • TBA
191Economic policySECS-P/028
  • TBA
AP4Theory and history of political parties and movementsM-STO/048
  • TBA
Additional creditsCredits
A scelta dello studente12
Per la prova finale4
Per la conoscenza di almeno una lingua straniera8
Abilità informatiche e telematiche2
Altre conoscenze utili per l'inserimento nel mondo del lavoro10
Total number of credits180

Elective courses (12 credits)

At the end of second semester of second year student must compile study plans online through Web Self Service and choose two elective courses in order to complete the 12 compulsory credits into the study plan.

Elective courses

Academic English (8 credits)

Standard course length*: six semesters; five semesters with teachers from external institutions, the last semester with LUISS teachers.

Mandatory Second Language (8 credits)

Course length: five semesters; four semesters with teachers from external institutions, the last semester with LUISS teachers. Course commencement: the 2nd semester of the first year.

University language Center

Final Thesis

The final exam for the bachelor’s degree program consists in a evaluation of a dissertation written in Italian or English, depending on the degree program. The dissertation may be on a topic pertaining to a subject that the student has passed an exam on. It should be noted that bachelor's degree students no have to defend their final paper.

Informazioni sulla Prova Finale

Attività offerte

Course Attendance Course Contents Assessment method
Academic writing workshop Compulsory course for all students enrolled in the II semester of the II year of the bachelor's degree program, course finishes in the I semester of the III year The course fulfills requirements for the final research paper, and students are required to attend and pass the Workshop in order to graduate.
It equips students with the theoretical knowledge and practical competence necessary to produce formal writing that is clear and well-organized, concise, as well as grammatically and orthographically accurate.
This competence is developed by engaging in activities which enable students to produce the kind of writing which is indispensable for the final research paper.
Students must attend regularly (at least 70% of the total contact hours) and produce the required number of written assignments. The workshop teacher can evaluate students' participation in a variety of ways including exercises, written work, class participation, a test or final in-class writing.
Laboratory of data analysis for economics and political sciences (6 CFU sui 10 CFU previsti per le "Altre conoscenze utili per l'inserimento nel mondo del lavoro") Compulsory annual course for all students enrolled in the second year of the bachelor's degree program Competences in data collecting and processing represent a vital toolkit that is an integral part of a full professional profile.
Therefore it is suitable for both public administration and corporations which now, more than ever, need to make decisions based on objective, relevant and timely data in order to be competitive and efficient.
Students attending the laboratory will learn how to gather data of interest in terms of both the topic – political, economic or social – and territorial planning – national or international. In addition, they will be able to process them and use the findings.
Students must attend at least 70% of classes and produce a brief report on data analysis, suggested by the instructor or by the students themselves.
Lab of computer skills (2 CFU)Compulsory course for all students enrolled in the first year of the bachelor's degree program. First semester - First year The course provides the basics of the working principles of modern digital technologies.

Objectives of the class: understanding the concepts of data, information and coding; understanding the combination of hardware and software components, that makes up modern digital devices especially those used in business; understanding the main aspects of modern communication networks, the architecture of the web, and the features of the cloud computing; understanding the concept of software application as solution of specific problems; understanding the concepts of algorithm and computer program; understanding the basic concept of database and the potential of BigData analysis as a tool for decision support; understanding information security key concepts; being aware of the perils arising from the use of malicious software and the exposure of corporate and/or personal sensitive information.
In order to take the final exam and receive credits, students must have completed the following New ECDL modules: Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Presentation.
The competences are assessed either via oral or written (on the basis on the number of students) format.