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Political Science

LUISS Guido Carli offers a comprehensive program aimed at:

  • providing students with the most advanced theoretical and practical tools to understand the political, philosophical and economic implications of a globalizing world;
  • developing skills and abilities useful for a wide range of future careers and activities.

PPE is an interdisciplinary program that offers a social science based education constructed on a sound philosophical foundation accompanied by the most advanced theoretical tools used in the political and economic sciences.

PPE students will engage in interdisciplinary studies. They are encouraged to explore and integrate many relevant disciplines and research areas. They will examine the nature and implications of human decision-making in political arenas; the relevance of quantitative methods to the description and conceptualization of political issues; the nature, principles and scope of distributive justice; the normative questions and real-life challenges posed by environmental problems; and the complex relationships between economic, political and legal institutions in the face of global transformations.

The program prepares its graduates for careers in public policy and public service, political and economic consulting, journalism, law, and international affairs. PPE at LUISS offers solid preparation for graduate studies in related disciplines. Our goal is to offer an integrated, cross-disciplinary perspective, able to shape a way of thinking critically and flexibly that is adequate to the new demands of high-level professions in a global setting. We achieve this by first providing students with a foundation in the relevant disciplines, then by emphasizing the synergies and differences between their approaches.

Employment and professional opportunities for graduates

PPE offers a good preparation for a wide variety of professions, many linked to newly developed or developing subjects in the globalizing world. Our graduates go on to careers in: Politics, Journalism and Broadcasting, Industry, Teaching, Social Work, Accountancy, Business Management, Advertising, as well as branches of public service, including civil and diplomatic services and local government.

Study plan

Politics, philosophy and economics

First year (2015-2016)

First semester

AN2Contemporary historyM-STO/048

Second semester

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

Annual courses

AN8Academic englishL-LIN/128
  • TBA

Second year (2016-2017)

First semester

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

Second semester

T007European union lawIUS/148
T006Political scienceSPS/048

Third year (2017-2018)

First semester

T011History of political institutionsSPS/038
T010Political economy of developmentSECS-P/028
T020Political sociologySPS/118
Additional creditsCredits
A scelta dello studente16
Per la prova finale6
Per la conoscenza di almeno una lingua straniera8
Altre conoscenze utili per l'inserimento nel mondo del lavoro3
Per stages e tirocini presso imprese, enti pubblici o privati, ordini professionali3
Total number of credits180

Attività obbligatoria / Compulsory course