Political Science and Government (GOV)

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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
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 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 sciences and international relations;
  • L-14 Legal services;
  • L-01 Cultural heritage;
  • L-05 Philosophy;
  • L-10 Humanities;
  • L-11 Modern languages and civilisations;
  • L-12 Applied languages;
  • L-15 Tourism;
  • L-18 Business administration;
  • L-19 Education and training;
  • 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 work;
  • 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. Candidates must meet certain curricular requirements, i.e. have 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 - 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 - General sociology
  • SPS / 08 - Sociology of culture and communication
  • SPS / 09 - Sociology of economics and labour
  • SPS / 11 - Sociology of political phenomena 

Assessment of educational background

Candidates shall apply online for enrolment in the degree programme, according to the University  procedures, and attach a study plan containing the list of exams taken in their previous academic career, including the relevant academic field, grade and number of credits earned.
Following the online application, the head of the programme will assess admission requirements listed in points 1 and 2 above, with the support of the Tutoring Service, and will notify the candidate, to the email address noted in the application form, the assessment outcome (outright admission / admission subject to remedial activities and any transfer credits), the dates of admission interviews (which are held annually in September and December), and other information.   
Should the candidate show any gaps in one or more academic fields, based on the study plan assessment, they will have to remedy in the admission interview. Such remedy will not consist of an exam with a grade out of thirty, but an assessment of the candidate's basic knowledge of the subjects in which the gaps were found. This will provide students with the tools to successfully pass the exams envisaged in the GOV programme. The remedial 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 Commission 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 ).

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 who meet the requirements for outright admission to the Master's degree programme – and do not have to claim transfer credits for exams taken during their previous career – will not have to go through the admission interviews.
Students who do not meet the admission requirements and students who intend to claim transfer credits for exams taken during their previous academic career will be required to attend the admission interviews as scheduled in September or December. The interview dates are listed below, as well as published on the degree programme website and Facebook page.
For the academic year 2020-2021 the interviews will be held on the following dates: 10 September 2020, 2.30 pm, Room 5, and 10 December 2020, 2.30 pm, Room to be defined (please check for any room or date changes on the institutional sites and on the Facebook page of the degree programme).

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

Foreign students go through a different enrolment procedure. Please visit the University website for details:
 https://www.unimi.it/it/internazionale/venire-studiare-dallestero/ accog…  
 
Student Office for PhD, Vocational Masters and International Students
Via Santa Sofia 9
international.students@unimi.it  
Wednesday 9 am - 12 noon Tuesday and Thursday, 1-3 pm 
Reservations required using the Infostudenti service

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.

Highly recommended, not mandatory

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
History of Contemporary Political Thought 6 40 Italian SPS/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 and the Crisis of the International System 9 60 Italian SPS/04
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Institutional Communication in English 9 60 English L-LIN/12
Regional and Local Autonomies Law 9 60 Italian IUS/08
Optional
Digitalisation and company management 3 20 Italian IUS/04
Digitalization and decision making 3 20 Italian IUS/05
Study plan rules
- Gli studenti devono conseguire 6 CFU di ulteriori attività formative quali stage, laboratori, tirocini od altre attività formative utili a favorire l'ingresso nel mondo del lavoro
be activated by the A.Y. 2021/2022
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Political Institutions and Decision-making 6 40 Italian SPS/04
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Sociology of Memory 9 60 Italian SPS/07
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Multilevel Constitutionalism 9 60 Italian IUS/08
Technological Innovation and Risk Regulation 9 60 Italian IUS/05
Optional
Comparative Political Behaviour 6 40 Italian SPS/11
Interest Groups and Lobbying 6 40 Italian SPS/11
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final exam 21 0 Italian
Study plan rules
- Gli studenti devono conseguire 6 CFU attraverso uno dei seguenti esami
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Comparative Political Behaviour 6 40 Italian Undefined SPS/11
Interest Groups and Lobbying 6 40 Italian Undefined SPS/11
- Gli studenti devono conseguire 9 CFU a scelta libera.

Qualora lo studente fosse interessato a un percorso sociologico si segnala l'insegnamento di Sociologia della memoria.
Qualora lo studente fosse interessato al percorso di Innovazione tecnologica si segnalano gli insegnamenti:
Digitalizzazione ed agire d'impresa; Processi decisionali e digitalizzazione.

Ciascun insegnamento potrà essere sostenuto come corso singolo per acquisire 3 dei 9 cfu previsti per gli insegnamenti a scelta libera.
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Digitalisation and company management 3 20 Italian Third trimester IUS/04
Digitalization and decision making 3 20 Italian Third trimester IUS/05
Sociology of Memory 9 60 Italian Third trimester SPS/07
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
laboratorio - SOSTENIBILITA' E SVILUPPO SOSTENIBILE (3 cfu) CORSO BASE 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
Indigenous rights in contemporary Latin America: land and natural resources 3 20 Italian SPS/05
Laboratorio: Arte, cultura e criminalità organizzata 3 20 Italian SPS/07
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Workshop: Anti-mafia Journalism 3 20 Italian 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 and the Crisis of the International System 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
Digitalisation and company management 3 20 Italian IUS/04
Digitalization and decision making 3 20 Italian IUS/05
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
Study plan rules
- Gli studenti devono conseguire 6 CFU di ulteriori attività formative quali stage, laboratori, tirocini od altre attività formative utili a favorire l'ingresso nel mondo del lavoro
- Gli studenti devono conseguire 6 CFU attraverso uno dei seguenti esami
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
History, Politics and Rights in Latin America 6 40 Italian First trimester SPS/05
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
Institutions and Political Process in Asia 6 40 Italian Third trimester SPS/14
be activated by the A.Y. 2021/2022
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Constitutional comparative Law 9 60 Italian IUS/21
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Sociology of Memory 9 60 Italian SPS/07
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Comparative Protection of Human Rights 6 40 Italian IUS/21
Indigenous Peoples, Politics and Rights in Contemporary Latin America 6 40 Italian SPS/05
Optional
Arabic 9 60 Italian L-OR/12
Chinese 9 60 Italian L-OR/21
English 9 60 Italian L-LIN/12
French 9 60 Italian L-LIN/04
German 9 60 Italian L-LIN/14
Russian 9 60 Italian L-LIN/21
Spanish 9 60 Italian L-LIN/07
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final exam 21 0 Italian
Study plan rules
- Gli studenti devono conseguire 9 CFU a scelta libera.

Qualora lo studente fosse interessato a un percorso sociologico si segnala l'insegnamento di Sociologia della memoria.
Qualora lo studente fosse interessato al percorso di Innovazione tecnologica si segnalano gli insegnamenti:
Digitalizzazione ed agire d'impresa; Processi decisionali e digitalizzazione.

Ciascun insegnamento potrà essere sostenuto come corso singolo per acquisire 3 dei 9 cfu previsti per gli insegnamenti a scelta libera.
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Digitalisation and company management 3 20 Italian Third trimester IUS/04
Digitalization and decision making 3 20 Italian Third trimester IUS/05
Sociology of Memory 9 60 Italian Third trimester SPS/07
- Gli studenti devono conseguire 9 CFU attraverso uno dei seguenti esami
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Arabic 9 60 Italian Undefined L-OR/12
Chinese 9 60 Italian Undefined L-OR/21
English 9 60 Italian Undefined L-LIN/12
French 9 60 Italian Undefined L-LIN/04
German 9 60 Italian Undefined L-LIN/14
Russian 9 60 Italian Undefined L-LIN/21
Spanish 9 60 Italian Undefined L-LIN/07
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
laboratorio - SOSTENIBILITA' E SVILUPPO SOSTENIBILE (3 cfu) CORSO BASE 3 24 Italian AGR/01 AGR/13 IUS/01 SECS-P/01 SPS/04
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Indigenous rights in contemporary Latin America: land and natural resources 3 20 Italian SPS/05
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
History of Contemporary Political Thought 6 40 Italian SPS/02
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Constitutional comparative Law 9 60 Italian IUS/21
Global Societies and Rights 6 40 Italian SPS/07
Political Theory 9 60 Italian SPS/01
Theory of Fundamental Rights 6 40 Italian IUS/20
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Freedom, Justice and Bioethics 9 60 Italian IUS/20
Institutional Communication in English 9 60 English L-LIN/12
Optional
Digitalisation and company management 3 20 Italian IUS/04
Digitalization and decision making 3 20 Italian IUS/05
Study plan rules
- Gli studenti devono conseguire 6 CFU di ulteriori attività formative quali stage, laboratori, tirocini od altre attività formative utili a favorire l'ingresso nel mondo del lavoro
be activated by the A.Y. 2021/2022
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Sociology of Memory 9 60 Italian SPS/07
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Bioethics: Methods and Principles 6 40 Italian SPS/01
Biolaw 9 60 Italian IUS/09
Comparative Welfare States 6 40 Italian SECS-P/03
Policy Analysis and Evaluation 9 60 Italian SPS/04
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final exam 21 0 Italian
Study plan rules
- Gli studenti devono conseguire 9 CFU a scelta libera.

Qualora lo studente fosse interessato a un percorso sociologico si segnala l'insegnamento di Sociologia della memoria.
Qualora lo studente fosse interessato al percorso di Innovazione tecnologica si segnalano gli insegnamenti:
Digitalizzazione ed agire d'impresa; Processi decisionali e digitalizzazione.

Ciascun insegnamento potrà essere sostenuto come corso singolo per acquisire 3 dei 9 cfu previsti per gli insegnamenti a scelta libera.
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Digitalisation and company management 3 20 Italian Third trimester IUS/04
Digitalization and decision making 3 20 Italian Third trimester IUS/05
Sociology of Memory 9 60 Italian Third trimester SPS/07
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
laboratorio - SOSTENIBILITA' E SVILUPPO SOSTENIBILE (3 cfu) CORSO BASE 3 24 Italian AGR/01 AGR/13 IUS/01 SECS-P/01 SPS/04
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Indigenous rights in contemporary Latin America: land and natural resources 3 20 Italian SPS/05
Location
Milano
Head of study programme
Academic guidance tutor
Erasmus and international mobility tutor 
Seminar and workshop tutor
Master's degree admission tutor
Credit recognition 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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