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According to the general training objectives of the Master's Degree course in LM / 52 in International Relations (Governance and Global System), this training project aims to provide a solid preparation in the spatial and conceptual areas as well as in historical, political, social, economic and legal systems of the global system (ie the complex of institutions, and of the social, political, economic and cultural structures that characterize international life in the era of globalization and with which the national apparatus must confront). The course, therefore, was built to propose a path that is able to respond to the demands of the new set of international relations and create the expert in international affairs and make it the ideal candidate for careers in international institutions, diplomacy, multiple varieties of governmental or non-governmental bodies that interact with the phenomenon of internationalization.

The Master's Degree Program in LM / 52 in International Relations offers students a path of critical reflection and thematic deepening of the complex issues related to the international dimension of modern societies, with an economic one. This path is also enriched by the acquisition of a plurality of tools necessary for the exploration of themes chosen by each student according to their vocations and professional expectations. Consequently, the LM / 52 class in International Relations is mainly oriented towards providing first-level graduates with an advanced preparation in the conceptual and instrumental fields of international governance, analyzed with reference to the historical, legal and economic-social dimensions and the complex system of existing relationships, at international level (European and extra-European), between state systems and between the latter and the supranational systems.

Ultimately, the course aims to provide knowledge and tools that allow the student to conceptually address and operate within the activities of the international community related to the dynamics and the multiple scenarios in which the governance processes take place and which increasingly appear to be subjects to the influences of globalization.

Specific objectives of the course

  1. enhancement of such knowledge and skills and of their application in new issues or included in different contexts (Dublin Descriptors I and II);
  2. acquisition of independent judgment and the ability to integrate the knowledge necessary to manage complex situations and to evaluate all the connected elements, including ethical and social ones (Dublin Descriptor III);
  3. enhancement of communication skills and of the same learning abilities that allow further study (Dublin Descriptors IVe V).

The achievement of these objectives is facilitated by the interdisciplinary base of the path; the contribution of the Visiting Professors, the use of the English language in carrying out some courses and the incentive to participate in extracurricular activities such as seminars; completing part of the study program abroad through the Socrates-Erasmus and Globus programs; internships of particular importance in international relations, such as those organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Conference of Rectors; internships in international governmental and non-governmental organizations, in development cooperation agencies and in research centers whose attention is focused on the phenomena studied in the international or transnational dimension.

According to the ministerial tables which provide for the assessment of IT and telematic skills, these skills will be further developed thanks to some lessons based on computer and multimedia laboratory activities, as envisaged, for example, for the English language.

International outlets

For graduates in International Relations, the following employment opportunities are envisaged at regional, national and international levels:

  • international organizations. Community organizations (at the Parliament and the European Commission) and international (governmental and non-governmental) in which the graduate in International Relations, with his multidisciplinary preparation, combined with elements of specialization in the social sciences, can be an important resource because versatile and characterized by a higher level linguistic education;
  • public sector. Local, regional and national institutions, for which the inclusion of graduates with a multidisciplinary preparation combined with specific skills in the international field represents at the same time the opportunity to make the best use of the community programs and to adapt the administrative action in the most in keeping with the ever-changing regulatory framework, with a view to public sector activity based on effectiveness, effectiveness and economy;
  • private sector. Companies with activities developed on an international level or wishing to acquire adequate personnel for this development. In particular, companies that operate in manufacturing and services that need graduates with a solid multidisciplinary background, combined with a specific linguistic competence.

Final test

The final exam is aimed at verifying the achievement of the educational objectives foreseen by the course of study.

The Graduation Commission evaluates the candidate as a whole, taking into account both the performance of the final examination and other elements, such as the curriculum of studies completed, completion time of the university course, applying specific rules independently established by the Structure of reference.

To be admitted to the final exam, all the credits must be obtained in the training activities provided for in the study plan, except for those relating to the final exam itself.

The final exam consists in the preparation and discussion of a written thesis, also in a foreign language, concerning the analysis of a case, a design or research activity on a topic chosen in the course of the course subjects or deriving from a traineeship experience.

The thesis must be characterized by the methodological rigor, the mastery of the topics covered and the originality of the contribution. It must express the acquisition of the qualifying knowledge of the course, the ability to independently read the problems and set the solutions in the light of the indications and proposals developed in the European context and the achievement of a good level of written and oral communication.

In order to pass the degree examination, the minimum score of 66 points must be obtained.

The Commission has 7 points, of which 6 to be attributed following the assessment of merit on the quality of the project and 1 as reward in the case of the achievement of the current title.

The possible award of the honors, in addition to the maximum score of 110 points, is subject to the ascertained relevance of the results achieved by the candidate and to the unanimous evaluation of the commission. The chairman of the commission is responsible for ensuring the full regularity of the conduct of the exam and the adherence of the final assessments to the general criteria established by the bodies in charge of the course of study. The conduct of final degree examinations is public and public is the act of proclamation of the final result.

The discussion of the final exam for the award of the qualification is public.

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Last updated December 15, 2018
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