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Program for 2014/2015

Category: LM- 62 - Political Science - 2014/2015

Please note: these majors are all held in Italian

  • Major in Communications and New Media
  • Major in Institutions and Policies
  • Major in Public Policies

The master’s degree program in Government and Policies provides specialized training in the science of administration, public policy, public economics, public management, and public law.

It consists of an initial series of core courses and then is divided into three majors. This structure, which is academically compatible with current regulations, provides students with a common categorical framework and specific aspects unique to each major. These courses are accompanied by educational experiences that are different than traditional ones (workshops, on-site learning, theses done within the work environment, learning special skills, such as logic skills and practical skills, etc.), as well as by the teaching methods that are different than traditional ones, which predominantly revolve around classroom teaching.

The major in Communications and New Media is based on the fact that the scale of communication, and new digital communication technologies have by now become crucial in managing political and governmental processes, not just in communications but also in the implementation of public policies.

The major in Institutions and Policies provides elements of theoretical and applied knowledge that enable students to access and work in public institutions (constitutional bodies, European, national and local administrations, independent authorities, etc.) and on behalf of those that work with them (in the sectors of institutional relations, lobbying, political parties, etc.).

To this end, courses are included that focus on key junctions within institutional systems, on the decisional dynamics of parliamentary assemblies, on the mechanisms of the European economy and on the rules that should guide the actions of public office holders.

The major in Public Policies is designed to train students to collect and interpret empirical data on several specific areas of public policy. This is done by looking at legal frameworks and, more generally, existing policy instruments and their evolution over time. The major also studies the socio-economic realities that policies are meant to address, the demands of different social groups, public agencies and private entities involved in their implementation, and the criteria for the formulation of new policies.

This master’s degree program places a premium on languages: students must take two foreign languages from among European and non-European languages (Arabic, French, Spanish, German and Russian). English courses (the first of the two foreign languages studied) further develop already existing skills by focusing on academic and professional language that is related to the major, with special emphasis placed on academic writing. These professional skills will be added to proficiency in other languages, aimed at both technical and relational communication.

An added value is represented by the large number of national and international senior public managers, representatives of institutions, managers, experts, and teachers who discuss their strategically and operationally important activities within their areas of expertise during seminars, seminar series, and conferences.

A central role is reserved for the thesis which, in contrast to the final paper for the bachelor’s degree, requires originality and depth, achieved through a complete and exhaustive survey of the national and international theoretical landscape. Here the thesis topic is given an in-depth and experimental analysis, with potential links to the world of work.

Admission procedure

Get information about taking the admission test and on the admission procedure for international students.