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Scienze Politiche

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 (2019-2020)

First semester

CodeCourseSSDCreditsProfessor
AN2Contemporary historyM-STO/048
T057Lab of computer skillsINF/012
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 (2020-2021)

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 (2021-2022)

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

Scienze politiche

First year (2019-2020)

First semester

CodeCourseSSDCreditsGroup AGroup B
033Political philosophySPS/018
T056Lab of computer skillsINF/012
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 (2020-2021)

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 (2021-2022)

First semester

CodeCourseSSDCreditsProfessor
745Law and economicsIUS/058
  • TBA
191Political economySECS-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