Global Politics and Society (GPS)

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Master programme
A.Y. 2020/2021
LM-62 - Political science
Master programme
120
ECTS
Access
Open with entry requirements examination
2
Years
Language
English
International title
Double Degree
Global Politics and Society (GPS) is a two-year master's degree programme, entirely taught in English. Students of this programme will benefit from a multidisciplinary training of the highest quality, aimed at preparing highly-qualified professionals, able to understand and interpret complex social and political dynamics arising in the wake of globalization, within a scenario of increased international interdependences. Core modules will bridge cutting-edge concepts and skills necessary to address key contemporary questions, extending from global geopolitics dynamics to the transformation of societies, from developments in international political economy to changing patterns of social inequalities. Students will then have the opportunity to strengthen their preparation in specific thematic areas, choosing from a wide range of options made possible thanks to the several lines of research that characterize the Department of Social and Political Sciences, which stands out as one of the best performing department for social and political sciences research in Italy.

During the last decades, globalization processes have been challenging the functioning of western societies across a wide range of domains: from political participation and representation to welfare states' structures and labour market regulation; from citizenship's rights and migration, to the threats concerning novel forms of discrimination and exclusion. The complexity, as well as the interdependent nature of those challenges, require professionals able to understand and interpret, in a way that is at the same time rigorous, theoretically informed and methodologically sound, how and in which directions globalization processes are affecting the functioning of contemporary societies and polities.
The master's degree in Global Politics and Society addresses the above-mentioned task, relying on a genuinely multidisciplinary approach, developed through a coherent path consisting of:
- a core package of six compulsory courses - meant to provide an advanced training in the fields of political science and sociology, complemented by key competences in the area of law and economics (48 credits);
- five elective courses, that allow students to strengthen their competences in specific thematic areas, within a rich offer of options (36 credits);
- other additional elective and optional activities (15 credits);
- a research dissertation (21 credits).
GPS graduates will be ready to undertake a wide array of career paths, as professionals able to interpret social, political and economic trends that occur in the global scenario and to elaborate medium to long-term strategic plans.
GPS graduates will be prepared for positions in the field of applied research in social and political sciences; in national and international political institutions and non-governmental organizations; in public, private and third sector organizations, which tackle the dynamics of the global market; in companies and organizations within the information sector, the cultural industry and the publishing market.
They will also be well prepared to engage in further academic research and apply to top-level PhD programmes in social and political sciences.
Employment statistics (Almalaurea)

The programme is intended for top-level international students.
Admission is based on academic excellence. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree or equivalent; a strong interest and/or previous studies in political science, sociology or related subjects; a sound knowledge of spoken and written English.

The evaluation process will take into consideration the applicants' prior academic record, their motivation and performance through an interview (see below).
More specifically, applicants who obtained their bachelor's degrees from Italian Universities are eligible for admission only if they hold a "laurea" degree belonging to any one of the "classi di laurea" (degree classes) listed below under the heading "Note 1".
Applicants who completed their undergraduate studies in foreign Universities are eligible for admission if they hold a bachelor's degree in political science, sociology, economics or other broadly related subjects (from history to philosophy, and so on), provided that their bachelor's degree may be regarded as equivalent to one of the Italian "laurea" degrees listed below (Note 1).

Note 1:
L-05 Filosofia;
L- 11 Classe delle Lauree in Lingue e Culture Moderne;
L-12 Classe delle Lauree in Mediazione Linguistica;
L-14 Classe delle Lauree in Scienze dei Servizi Giuridici;
L-16 Classe delle Lauree in Scienze dell'Amministrazione dell'Organizzazione;
L- l8 Classe delle Lauree in Scienze dell'Economia e della Gestione Aziendale;
L-20 Classe delle Lauree in Scienze della Comunicazione;
L-33 Classe delle Lauree in Scienze Economiche;
L-36 Classe delle Lauree in Scienze Politiche e delle Relazioni Internazionali
L-37 Classe delle Lauree in Scienze Sociali per la Cooperazione, lo Sviluppo e la Pace;
L-39 Classe delle Lauree in Scienze del Servizio Sociale;
L-40 Classe delle Lauree in Sociologia;
L-41 Statistica;
L-42 Classe delle lauree in Storia.

Eligible candidates must meet the following requirements:
a) They must have earned at least 9 ECTS credits or equivalent in statistics.
The ECTS credit value of foreign applicants' undergraduate studies will be assessed by the GPS admissions committee. Applicants holding an Italian bachelor's degree must have earned the required credits within the set of admissible "settori scientifico-disciplinari" (disciplinary scientific sectors) listed below under the heading "Note 2". Applicants who completed their undergraduate studies in foreign Universities should exhibit a comparable academic record or competence in statistics.

Note 2:
SECS-S/01, SECS-S/02, SECS-S/03, SECS-S/04, SECS-S/05, SECS-S/06, SECS-P/05 o MAT/06;

b) Non-native English speakers must be able to demonstrate their knowledge of English, either by showing they have at least one year of university studies at institutions where the language of instruction is English, or during the interview. The possessing of a IELTS or TOEFL will also be taken into account.
At least a B2 level language knowledge of English is required.

Applicants meeting the above requirements will be invited to an interview.
Interviews may be held on-site or by videoconference (see below).

The degree in Global Politics and Society offers the opportunity to study at several European universities, where students will be able to attend lectures and obtain credits for their degree.
Furthermore, GPS is part of a prestigious inter-university network: the network of European Masters in Labour Studies - EMLS. The other partners of the network are: Université catholique de Louvain, Universität Bremen, Universität Trier, University of Warwick, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Université Toulouse, University College Dublin, Università degli Studi di Firenze, University of Amsterdam, Instituto Universitario de Lisboa, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration of Romania, Univerza v Ljubljani. Each partner has agreed to recognize the teaching and evaluation methods of partner institutions as well as the equivalence of their curricula. Students may attend a semester in one of the EMLS partner universities. Accordingly, any examination passed at any university in the network is fully and automatically recognized.
GPS students may also obtain a double degree, jointly recognized by the University of Milan and the University of Bremen, following a specific path, focused on welfare and employment matters, and attending the first year at University of Bremen.

Attendance is mandatory.

Courses list

First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Global social inequalities 9 60 English SPS/09
International political economy and the welfare state 12 80 English SECS-P/02 SPS/04
Multi-level legal system 6 40 English IUS/07
Optional
Globalization, social justice and human rights 9 60 English SPS/08
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
World Society 9 60 English SPS/07
Optional
Economic of social regulation of global workforce 9 60 English SPS/09
International migration and immigration policies 9 60 English SPS/10
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Globalization and cultural diversity 6 40 English SPS/08
Optional
Global citizenship 9 60 English SPS/07
International and comparative labour law 9 60 English IUS/07
Study plan rules
1 - Students must earn 18 credits by selecting two of the following alternatives
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Globalization, social justice and human rights 9 60 English First trimester SPS/08
Economic of social regulation of global workforce 9 60 English Second trimester SPS/09
International migration and immigration policies 9 60 English Second trimester SPS/10
Global citizenship 9 60 English Third trimester SPS/07
International and comparative labour law 9 60 English Third trimester IUS/07
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Data lab 3 20 English SPS/04
Employment, inequalities and discrimination in the global labour market 6 40 English IUS/07 SPS/09
Media and politics 6 40 English SPS/08
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Global Geopolitics 6 40 English SPS/04
Optional
Consumer culture 6 40 English SPS/07
Differences, inequalities and the politics of law 6 40 English IUS/20
Globalization and labor markets 6 40 English SPS/09
Social justice in a global world 6 40 English SPS/01
The welfare state and social innovation 6 40 English SPS/04
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Datafied societies 6 40 English SPS/08
Dissertation lab 3 20 English SPS/07
Global challenges to democracy 6 40 English SPS/04
Global cities 6 40 English SPS/08
Global social movements 6 40 English SPS/08
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final exam 21 0 English
Study plan rules
2 - Students must earn 18 credits by selecting two of the following alternatives
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Employment, inequalities and discrimination in the global labour market 6 40 English First trimester IUS/07 SPS/09
Media and politics 6 40 English First trimester SPS/08
Consumer culture 6 40 English Second trimester SPS/07
Differences, inequalities and the politics of law 6 40 English Second trimester IUS/20
Globalization and labor markets 6 40 English Second trimester SPS/09
Social justice in a global world 6 40 English Second trimester SPS/01
The welfare state and social innovation 6 40 English Second trimester SPS/04
Datafied societies 6 40 English Third trimester SPS/08
Global challenges to democracy 6 40 English Third trimester SPS/04
Global cities 6 40 English Third trimester SPS/08
Global public policy and the knowledge society 6 40 English Third trimester SPS/04
Global social movements 6 40 English Third trimester SPS/08
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Global public policy and the knowledge society 6 40 English SPS/04
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Advanced Language Skills: French (3 ECTS) 3 0 French
Advanced Language Skills: German (3 ECTS) 3 0 German
Advanced Language Skills: Spanish (3 ECTS) 3 0 Spanish
Study plan rules
- Student must earn 6 credits by selecting among the following activities: Foreign language: advanced 3 CFU; Stage 6 CFU
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Data lab 3 20 English First trimester SPS/04
Dissertation lab 3 20 English Third trimester SPS/07
Advanced Language Skills: French (3 ECTS) 3 0 French Undefined
Advanced Language Skills: German (3 ECTS) 3 0 German Undefined
Advanced Language Skills: Spanish (3 ECTS) 3 0 Spanish Undefined
- Students must earn 9 credits for elective activities
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The tuition fees for students enrolled in Bachelor's, Master's and single-cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments with different calculation methods and payment schedules:

  • The amount of the first instalment is the same for all students
  • The amount of the second instalment varies according to the ISEE University value, the degree programme and the student status (on track / off track for one year or off track for more than a year) 
  • An additional fee is due for online programmes

The University also offers:

  • Concessions for students meeting high merit requirements
  • Diversified tuition fees according to the student's home country for international students with assets/income abroad
  • Concessions for international students with refugee status

Scholarships and benefits

The University provides a range of financial benefits to students meeting special requirements (merit, financial or personal conditions, international students).

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Enrollment
First year enrolment:
Admission
Open with entry requirements examination

Application period: from 03-10-2020 to 07-06-2020
Enrolment period: from 05-25-2020 to 09-30-2020