Political Science and Government (GOV)

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Political Science and Government (GOV)
Course sheet
A.Y. 2021/2022
Master programme
LM-62 - Political science
Master programme
120
ECTS
Access
Open with entry requirements examination
2
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian
The master's degree program in Political and Government Sciences (GOV) aims to provide an in-depth knowledge of the rules and dynamics underneath the functioning of legal and political institutions by developing the critical tools necessary to analyse and evaluate legislative and governmental actions.
The educational plan offered is interdisciplinary.
Alongside the analysis of political institutions from a national and global perspective, the course will give an opportunity to deepen knowledge of specific geographic areas - of particular interest and relevance - and to examine the issue of fundamental rights.
A particular focus is reserved to the new forms of fundamental human rights that are consequence of the progress of biotechnology (bio-ethics and bio-law issues), in geographical projections other than the Euro-Atlantic ones.
The aim is to introduce into the labour market graduates with advanced knowledge in the political, legal and economic fields, with a focus on the dynamics of complex societies in a globalized context and on the historical evolution of the forms of political and interests representations.
Professional opportunities:
1. In the private sector: private and tertiary sector companies, associations, trade unions, press and publishing;
2. In the public sector: public administrations at local, regional, national and supranational level, including those accessed through an open competition; companies with public service management duties; consulting companies; representative political and governmental institutions.
In addition, graduates in Political and Government Sciences (GOV) will be also able to continue their education with Masters or Research Doctorates (PhD) both in Italy and abroad.

Employment statistics (Almalaurea)
There are about twenty Erasmus exchange agreements available for the Master program in "Political Science and Government"(the full list can be found at https://www.unimi.it/en/node/13034/) but new agreements are being signed within the Department of International, legal and historical-political Studies, many of which will also apply to our Master program. The geographical areas where are located the partner universities are the Mediterranean Europe (France, Spain, Portugal), the Central and Eastern Europe (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia) but also the German area (Germany) and Turkey. The subjects that can be studied abroad are mainly legal and political, followed by the historical ones. It must be therefore considered that the means of recognition of the subjects are quite elastic, given the lack of a perfect coincidence between the courses of study in Europe.In this regard there is the chance to use the credits for elective activities and also those available for the preparation of the doctoral thesis (up to 21 credits). The ability to conduct research abroad for the purpose of writing the thesis is particularly encouraged, especially for a master degree. However, it is recommended to choose the appropriate area of research before departure, to be agreed with a teacher of the Master programs and possibly identifying a reference professor at the foreign University. The methods of recognition of study abroad require a preliminary learning agreement with the Erasmus delegate for the Department and the possible adjustment once in place. The recognition of credits obtained at the partner University in Italy is closely linked to these forms and the consent of the Erasmus delegate.

Attendance is strongly recommended.

Enrollment

Admission requirements:

Knowledge and skills required for admission

There are two types of admission requirements:

1. Candidates must have a degree in one of the following classes, pursuant to Ministerial Decree 270/2004:

L-16 Administration;

L-36 Political Science and International Relations;

L-14 Legal Services;

L-01 Cultural Heritage Studies;

L-05 Philosophy;

L-10 Humanities;

L-11 Modern Languages and Civilizations;

L-12 Language Mediation;

L-15 Tourism;

L-18 Business Administration;

L-19 Education and Training Studies

L-20 Communication;

L-21 Town, Regional and Environmental Planning;

L-24 Psychology;

L-31 Computer Science;

L-32 Environmental Sciences;

L-33 Economics;

L-37 Peace Studies;

L-39 Social Service;

L-40 Sociology;

L-41 Statistics;

L-42 History;

L-43 Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage.

As governance applies to multiple fields of activity, the Academic Board may also admit graduates in classes other than the above, on justified grounds.

2. Meeting certain curricular requirements, i.e. having earned a number of credits not lower than 60, equally distributed across the three legal, economic and socio-political macro areas, in the following academic fields:

IUS/08 - Constitutional Law

IUS/09 - Institutions of Public Law

IUS/10 - Administrative Law

IUS/13 - International Law

IUS/14 - European Union Law

IUS/21 - Comparative Public Law

M-STO/04 - Contemporary History

SECS-P/01 - Political Economy

SECS-P/02 - Economic Policy

SPS/01 - Political Philosophy

SPS/02 - History of Political Doctrines

SPS/03 - History of Political Institutions

SPS/04 - Political Science

SPS/06 - History of International Relations

SPS/07 - Sociology

SPS/08 - Sociology of Culture and Communication

SPS/09 - Sociology of Economics and Labour

SPS/11 - Sociology of Political Phenomena

and adequate knowledge based on grades achieved in the exams in individual subject areas.

Knowledge and skills assessment.

The student is required to submit an online application for enrolment on the degree programme according to the procedures set by the University, attaching the study plan containing the list of exams taken in their previous university career with an indication of the subject area (SSD) for each of them, the grade and the number of credits earned.

Following the application for admission, a special board formed by the Chair of the Academic Board and by academic tutors responsible for admissions and credit transfer, assisted by the Tutoring Service, will assess the candidate's study plan for admission requirements.

The Tutoring Service will notify the candidate of the assessment outcome (i.e. admission with or without learning requirements, and transfer credits, if any) by email (to the address stated in the application). The e-mail will also specify the dates of the admission interviews, which take place in September and December of each year, and other information.

If, following the assessment the study plan, the student is not deemed to meet the admission requirements, they will have to fulfil additional learning requirements through the admission interview. The candidate's basic knowledge of the subjects in which the gaps were found will be assessed, also with a view to providing students with the tools to successfully pass the exams envisaged in the GOV programme. The assessment will focus on the following disciplines: Public law for the legal macro area; Political science for the socio-political macro area, and Economic history for the economic macro area.

If, during the interview, the admissions board finds that the candidate has not filled the gaps, it will reserve the right to ponder their admission.

The Tutoring Service will provide a list of recommended texts for the remedial assessment in the first e-mail relating to the assessment of admission requirements. The list will also be published on the degree programme website (https://gov.cdl.unimi.it/it/iscriversi). Alternatively, the student may take single exams in the subjects in which gaps have been identified.

As part of the admission procedures, it is also possible to obtain transfer credits for exams taken in the previous university career in some limited cases (exams taken outside the study plan in the Bachelor's programme, exams taken as single exams before enrolling in the degree programme, exams taken within previous Master's degree or single-cycle degree programmes, which were not counted toward admission requirements), up to 40 credits. Candidates with over 33 credits will be admitted directly to the second year of the programme. It will be possible to obtain transfer credits for exams also after admission to the degree programme, by submitting a specific request to the Student Registrar.

Students admitted to the second year must in any case take the exams in compliance with the teaching calendar, i.e. at the end of the courses in the respective trimesters, whether these are first- or second-year courses.

Students who do not meet the admission requirements and students who claim transfer credits for exams taken during their previous academic career will be required to show up at the admission interviews as scheduled in September or December. The interview dates are listed below, and will be posted to the degree programme website, institutional social accounts, as well as notified by e-mail.

For the academic year 2021-2022 the admission interviews will take place at 2.30 pm on 13 September 2021 and 13 December 2021 in Room 4, Faculty of Political, Economic and Social Sciences, Via Conservatorio 7, Milan - Italy. Further information and updates will be posted to the University portal and other communication channels (Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin).

For information on admission requirements and/or on the degree programme, email tutoraggio.gov@unimi.it.

International students will go through a different enrolment procedure – please refer to the University website:   https://www.unimi.it/it/internazionale/venire-studiare-dallestero/accoglienza-e-servizi-studenti-internazionali  

Administration Office for Doctoral, Vocational Master's, and International Students

Via Santa Sofia 9

international.students@unimi.it

Wednesday 9am-12pm Tuesday and Thursday 1-3pm

Reservations required Book through the InformaStudenti service.

Admission

Application for admission: from 12/03/2021 to 29/10/2021

Application for matriculation: from 01/04/2021 to 15/01/2022

Programme description and courses list
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Constitutional Law 9 60 Italian IUS/08
Economic and Political Geography 6 40 Italian M-GGR/02
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Comparative Private Law and Transnational Relations 6 40 Italian IUS/02
Great Powers 9 60 Italian SPS/04
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
History of Contemporary Political Thought 6 40 Italian SPS/02
Institutional Communication in English 9 60 English L-LIN/12
Regional and Local Autonomies Law 9 60 Italian IUS/08
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Multilevel Constitutionalism 9 60 Italian IUS/08
Political Institutions and Decision-making 6 40 Italian SPS/04
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Technological Innovation and Risk Regulation 9 60 Italian IUS/05
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Institutions and Political Behaviour 6 40 Italian SPS/11
Interest Groups and Lobbying 6 40 Italian SPS/11
Sociology of Memory 9 60 Italian SPS/07
Conclusive activities
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final exam 21 0 Italian
Optional activities and study plan rules
- Students must obtain 6 CREDITS through one of the following exams
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Institutions and Political Behaviour 6 40 Italian Third trimester SPS/11
Interest Groups and Lobbying 6 40 Italian Third trimester SPS/11
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Laboratory: Sustainability and Sustainable Development 3 24 Italian AGR/01 AGR/13 IUS/01 SECS-P/01 SPS/04
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Laboratory: Organized Crime and Research Methodology. 3 20 Italian SPS/09
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Laboratory: Art, Culture and Organized Crime 3 20 Italian SPS/07
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Business finance through digital marketplaces 3 20 Italian IUS/04
Laboratory:Strategies for managing Environmental Conflicts through Participatory Mechanisms 3 20 Italian IUS/10
Regulating Digital Platforms 3 20 Italian IUS/05
Workshop: Anti-mafia Journalism 3 20 Italian SPS/08
Optional activities and study plan rules
- Students must obtain 9 free choice CREDITS.

If the student is interested in a sociological path, the teaching of Sociology of Memory is indicated.
If the student is interested in the issues of Technological Innovation, the following courses are in place:
Financing businesses through digital platforms; Regulation of digital platforms.

Each course can be supported as a single course to acquire the credits provided for free choice courses.
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Business finance through digital marketplaces 3 20 Italian Third trimester IUS/04
Regulating Digital Platforms 3 20 Italian Third trimester IUS/05
Sociology of Memory 9 60 Italian Third trimester SPS/07
- Students must obtain 6 CREDITS of additional training activities such as internships, workshops, internships or other training activities useful to facilitate entry into the world of work.

In addition to the updated list of educational laboratories organized each year by the CdS available at the address https://gov.cdl.unimi.it/it/insegnamenti/ulteriori-attivita-formative, we point out the following laboratories activated by the Study Programme, each of which allows to obtain 3 credits or 6 credits, as indicated:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Laboratory: Art, Culture and Organized Crime 3 20 Italian Second trimester SPS/07
Laboratory: Organized Crime and Research Methodology. 3 20 Italian First trimester SPS/09
Laboratory: Sustainability and Sustainable Development 3 24 Italian Second semester AGR/01 AGR/13 IUS/01 SECS-P/01 SPS/04
Laboratory:Strategies for managing Environmental Conflicts through Participatory Mechanisms 3 20 Italian Third trimester IUS/10
Workshop: Anti-mafia Journalism 3 20 Italian Third trimester SPS/08
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Economic and Political Geography 6 40 Italian M-GGR/02
Geopolitics and Organized Crime 6 40 Italian SPS/12
Legal Regulation of Public Administration and Individual Rights 9 60 Italian IUS/10
Optional
History, Politics and Rights in Latin America 6 40 Italian SPS/05
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Analysis of Political Discourse 9 60 Italian SPS/01
Great Powers 9 60 Italian SPS/04
International Strategies against Organized Crime 9 60 Italian IUS/13
Optional
American History and Politics 6 40 English SPS/05
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
History and Politics of North Africa and the Middle East 6 40 English SPS/14
History and Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa 6 40 English SPS/13
Institutions and Political Process in Asia 6 40 Italian SPS/14
Optional activities and study plan rules
- Students must obtain 6 CREDITS through one of the following exams
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
American History and Politics 6 40 English Second trimester SPS/05
History and Politics of North Africa and the Middle East 6 40 English Third trimester SPS/14
History and Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa 6 40 English Third trimester SPS/13
History, Politics and Rights in Latin America 6 40 Italian First trimester SPS/05
Institutions and Political Process in Asia 6 40 Italian Third trimester SPS/14
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Arabic 9 60 Italian L-OR/12
Chinese 9 60 Italian L-OR/21
Russian 9 60 Italian L-LIN/21
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Comparative Protection of Human Rights 6 40 Italian IUS/21
Optional
French 9 60 French L-LIN/04
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Constitutional comparative Law 9 60 Italian IUS/21
Indigenous Peoples, Politics and Rights in Contemporary Latin America 6 40 Italian SPS/05
Optional
German 9 60 Italian L-LIN/14
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Institutional Communication in English 9 60 English L-LIN/12
Sociology of Memory 9 60 Italian SPS/07
Spanish 9 60 Italian L-LIN/07
Conclusive activities
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final exam 21 0 Italian
Optional activities and study plan rules
- Students must obtain 9 CREDITS through one of the following exams
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Arabic 9 60 Italian year L-OR/12
Chinese 9 60 Italian year L-OR/21
French 9 60 French First trimester L-LIN/04
German 9 60 Italian Second trimester L-LIN/14
Institutional Communication in English 9 60 English Third trimester L-LIN/12
Russian 9 60 Italian year L-LIN/21
Spanish 9 60 Italian Third trimester L-LIN/07
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Laboratory: Sustainability and Sustainable Development 3 24 Italian AGR/01 AGR/13 IUS/01 SECS-P/01 SPS/04
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Laboratory: Organized Crime and Research Methodology. 3 20 Italian SPS/09
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Laboratory: Art, Culture and Organized Crime 3 20 Italian SPS/07
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Business finance through digital marketplaces 3 20 Italian IUS/04
Laboratory:Strategies for managing Environmental Conflicts through Participatory Mechanisms 3 20 Italian IUS/10
Regulating Digital Platforms 3 20 Italian IUS/05
Workshop: Anti-mafia Journalism 3 20 Italian SPS/08
Optional activities and study plan rules
- Students must obtain 9 free choice CREDITS.

If the student is interested in a sociological path, the teaching of Sociology of Memory is indicated.
If the student is interested in the issues of Technological Innovation, the following courses are in place:
Financing businesses through digital platforms; Regulation of digital platforms.

Each course can be supported as a single course to acquire the credits provided for free choice courses.
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Business finance through digital marketplaces 3 20 Italian Third trimester IUS/04
Regulating Digital Platforms 3 20 Italian Third trimester IUS/05
Sociology of Memory 9 60 Italian Third trimester SPS/07
- Students must obtain 6 CREDITS of additional training activities such as internships, workshops, internships or other training activities useful to facilitate entry into the world of work.

In addition to the updated list of educational laboratories organized each year by the CdS available at the address https://gov.cdl.unimi.it/it/insegnamenti/ulteriori-attivita-formative, we point out the following laboratories activated by the Study Programme, each of which allows to obtain 3 credits or 6 credits, as indicated:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Laboratory: Art, Culture and Organized Crime 3 20 Italian Second trimester SPS/07
Laboratory: Organized Crime and Research Methodology. 3 20 Italian First trimester SPS/09
Laboratory: Sustainability and Sustainable Development 3 24 Italian Second semester AGR/01 AGR/13 IUS/01 SECS-P/01 SPS/04
Laboratory:Strategies for managing Environmental Conflicts through Participatory Mechanisms 3 20 Italian Third trimester IUS/10
Workshop: Anti-mafia Journalism 3 20 Italian Third trimester SPS/08
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Global Societies and Rights 6 40 Italian SPS/07
Theories of Justice 9 60 Italian IUS/20
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Constitutional comparative Law 9 60 Italian IUS/21
Political Theory 9 60 Italian SPS/01
Theories and Practice of Human Rights 6 40 Italian IUS/20
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
History of Contemporary Political Thought 6 40 Italian SPS/02
Institutional Communication in English 9 60 English L-LIN/12
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Bioethics: Methods and Principles 6 40 Italian SPS/01
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Models of Solidarity and Social Politics 6 40 Italian SECS-P/03
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Biolaw 9 60 Italian IUS/09
Institutions and Public Policies 9 60 Italian SPS/04
Optional
Sociology of Memory 9 60 Italian SPS/07
Conclusive activities
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final exam 21 0 Italian
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Laboratory: Sustainability and Sustainable Development 3 24 Italian AGR/01 AGR/13 IUS/01 SECS-P/01 SPS/04
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Laboratory: Organized Crime and Research Methodology. 3 20 Italian SPS/09
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Laboratory: Art, Culture and Organized Crime 3 20 Italian SPS/07
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Business finance through digital marketplaces 3 20 Italian IUS/04
Laboratory:Strategies for managing Environmental Conflicts through Participatory Mechanisms 3 20 Italian IUS/10
Regulating Digital Platforms 3 20 Italian IUS/05
Workshop: Anti-mafia Journalism 3 20 Italian SPS/08
Optional activities and study plan rules
- Students must obtain 6 CREDITS of additional training activities such as internships, workshops, internships or other training activities useful to facilitate entry into the world of work.

In addition to the updated list of educational laboratories organized each year by the CdS available at the address https://gov.cdl.unimi.it/it/insegnamenti/ulteriori-attivita-formative, we point out the following laboratories activated by the Study Programme, each of which allows to obtain 3 credits or 6 credits, as indicated:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Laboratory: Art, Culture and Organized Crime 3 20 Italian Second trimester SPS/07
Laboratory: Organized Crime and Research Methodology. 3 20 Italian First trimester SPS/09
Laboratory: Sustainability and Sustainable Development 3 24 Italian Second semester AGR/01 AGR/13 IUS/01 SECS-P/01 SPS/04
Laboratory:Strategies for managing Environmental Conflicts through Participatory Mechanisms 3 20 Italian Third trimester IUS/10
Workshop: Anti-mafia Journalism 3 20 Italian Third trimester SPS/08
- Students must obtain 9 free choice CREDITS.

If the student is interested in a sociological path, the teaching of Sociology of Memory is indicated.
If the student is interested in the issues of Technological Innovation, the following courses are in place:
Financing businesses through digital platforms; Regulation of digital platforms.

Each course can be supported as a single course to acquire the credits provided for free choice courses.
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Business finance through digital marketplaces 3 20 Italian Third trimester IUS/04
Regulating Digital Platforms 3 20 Italian Third trimester IUS/05
Sociology of Memory 9 60 Italian Third trimester SPS/07
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Location
Milano
Head of study programme
Academic guidance tutor
Erasmus and international mobility tutor 
Study plan tutor
Internship tutor
Master's degree admission tutor
Quality Assurance Delegate
Contacts

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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