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Government and 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. There are four majors: Communications and New Media, Institutions and Policies, Public Policies (in Italian) and Public Policies (in English).

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

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Class: LM-62 Scienze della politica (Political Science)

Presentation

The master’s degree program in Government and Policies represents an innovation in the field of university studies. The program provides specialized training in the sectors of administration, public policy, public management, and new media in their relationship with the political and institutional context. Giving space to non-traditional educational practices, Government and Policies is also aimed at preparing students for the world of work. Specifically, the program emphasizes the acquisition of professional skills and logical abilities that are essential for effective problem solving. The educational process for students, finally, is punctuated by meetings with important representatives of the business community, institutions and politics, and is characterized by an intensive and advanced study of languages.

Our goal is to offer students both theoretic and practical skills that allow them to enter the workforce with ease after graduation. To achieve this, the university provides internship programs and opportunities to come in contact with potential employers during the second year of the master’s degree program. The university also offers Double Degree programs that allow students to spend one year at LUISS and another with a partner university abroad, earning two degrees in two years. The international spirit that characterizes the department is demonstrated through numerous opportunities to study in more than one hundred countries for six months to a year as well as the possibility to study with foreign professors in Rome.

The degree program is divided into an initial core of common courses and then into four distinct majors:

The major in Comunicazione e nuovi media (Communications and New Media) trains students to be able to strategically evaluate and manage the role of media and in general new digital communications technologies in sectors focused on managing political processes of the government and public policies. To this end the major has courses centered around the relationship between political communication and E-government, on deliberative democracy with regard to new technologies and on the interconnection between the languages of politics and new media.

The major in Istituzioni e politiche (Institutions and Policies) provides students with the theoretical and operational skills needed to work in public institutions in the broad sense (local, national and international administrations, as well as lobbyists, political parties, corporate institutional relations, etc.). The program includes specialist courses focused on the decision-making logic that characterizes the elected assemblies, the dynamics of European economic policy, multilevel governance and the ethical rules that should frame the action of public office holders.

A distinctive element of the majors in Politiche pubbliche (Public Policies) in Italian and English is the analysis of empirical data, both from surveys and from official statistics related to the socio-economic variables affected by public policies.

Public policies are a crucial aspect of national life. Social and technological change continuously creates new situations that require the adoption of new or updated policies. The countries that respond best to this challenge acquire an important competitive advantage in global competition between systems and countries. The majors introduce theories and models in the study of public policies and prepare for an interdisciplinary and comparative critical analysis of several specific areas related to the cohesion of the European Union, health, energy and environment as well as social and labor aspects. Particular attention is dedicated to methods of evaluating public policies in terms of goals to achieve, the means to reach them, and the effectiveness of the results related to the goals set.

Employment and professional opportunities for graduates

The goal of the degree program in Government and Policies is to train different types of professionals able to operate at top levels in public and private institutions, in the design, management and evaluation of public policies and in the scenario delineated by the relationship between new media and the public sphere, bringing a solid, complete and updated preparation.

The major in Comunicazione e nuovi media (Communications and New Media) prepares professionals to operate strategically in local, national and international public administrations, and more generally to find a position in a labor market characterized by an ever more pronounced relationship between new media and the political and institutional environment. Graduates possess a solid interdisciplinary foundation in the historical, political, economic and legal fields, and they complete their profile by acquiring specific expertise in the media sector thanks to specialized courses on their résumé.

The goal of the major in Istituzioni e Politiche (Institutions and Policies) is to enable graduates to access, through sound expertise acquired in law, important positions within public institutions. The curriculum is designed to enable graduates to operate effectively in constitutional bodies, in European, national and local administrations, at independent authorities, and on behalf of those who work with them within the sectors of institutional relations, lobbying, and political parties.

The majors in Public Policies (Politiche pubbliche) in Italian and English are aimed at training professionals to perform specialized functions in important roles on behalf of public administrations (EU or international institutions, ministries, independent authorities, regions and associations of municipalities) or with private entities such as research centers, consulting firms, organizations representing various interests, large corporations, or as freelancers responsible for independent evaluations.

Admission procedure

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Required Courses

Majors


Major: Comunicazione e nuovi media (held in Italian)

I year – 2017-2018

I semester

Course SSD Credits
Diritto amministrativo IUS/10 8
Metodi quantitativi per la valutazione delle politiche SECS-S/03 8
Sistema politico italiano SPS/04 6
Storia delle istituzioni in Europa M-STO/04 8

II semester

Course SSD Credits
Analisi e valutazione delle politiche pubbliche SPS/07 8
Economia pubblica SECS-P/01 8
Public Management SECS-P/01 8
Diritto dell'informazione e della comunicazione IUS/09 6

II year – 2018-2019

Course SSD Credits
Open Government SPS/08 6
Innovazione democratica SPS/08 6
Linguaggi della politica e nuovi media M-FIL/05 6

Additional credits

Activity Credits
Elective courses 12
IT skills 2
Languages 8
Other activities 8
Final work 14
Total number of credits 120

Major: Istituzioni e politiche (held in Italian)

I year – 2017-2018

I semester

Course SSD Credits
Diritto amministrativo IUS/10 8
Metodi quantitativi per la valutazione delle politiche SECS-S/03 8
Sistema politico italiano SPS/04 6
Storia delle istituzioni in Europa M-STO/04 8

II semester

Course SSD Credits
Analisi e valutazione delle politiche pubbliche SPS/07 8
Economia pubblica SECS-P/01 8
Public Management SECS-P/01 8
Federalismo, autonomie e sussidiarietà IUS/09 6

II year – 2018-2019 

Course SSD Credits
Diritto delle assemblee elettive IUS/09 6
Etica pubblica SPS/01 6
Politica economica europea SECS-P/01 6

Additional credits

Activity Credits
Elective courses 12
IT skills 2
Languages 8
Other activities 8
Final work 14
Total number of credits 120

Major: Politiche pubbliche (held in Italian)

I year – 2017-2018

I semester

Course SSD Credits
Diritto amministrativo IUS/10 8
Metodi quantitativi per la valutazione delle politiche SECS-S/03 8
Sistema politico italiano SPS/04 6
Storia delle istituzioni in Europa M-STO/04 8

II semester

Course SSD Credits
Analisi e valutazione delle politiche pubbliche SPS/07 8
Economia pubblica SECS-P/01 8
Public Management SECS-P/01 6
Politiche della sanità SPS/07 6

II year – 2018-2019

Course SSD Credits
Politiche di coesione dell'Unione Europea SPS/04 6
Politiche energetiche e ambientali SECS-P/02 6
Politiche sociali e del lavoro SPS/12 6

Additional credits

Activity Credits
Elective courses 12
IT skills 2
Languages 8
Other activities 8
Final work 14
Total number of credits 120

Major: Public Policies (held in English)

I year – 2017-2018

I semester

Course SSD Credits
Administrative Law IUS/10 8
European Institutional History M-STO/04 8
Italian Political System SPS/04 6
Quantitative Methods for Policy Evaluation SECS-S/03 8

II semester

Course SSD Credits
Analysis and Evaluations of Public Policies SPS/07 8
Public Economics SECS-P/01 8
Public Management SECS-P/01 6
Health Care Policy SPS/07 6

II year – 2018-2019

Course SSD Credits
The Policy of EU Structural Funds SPS/04 6
Energy and Environmental Policy SECS-P/02 6
Welfare and Labor Policy SPS/12 6

Additional credits

Activity Credits
Elective courses 12
IT skills 2
Languages 8
Other activities 8
Final work 14
Total number of credits 120

For all majors

Students must choose their major upon enrollment.

Elective courses (12 credits)

At the end of their I year, students must choose 2 elective courses through Web Self Service from the list of electives.

IT skills

Attendance: obbligatory
Course length: 1 semester
Course scheduling: II semester, I year

Language skills

First and second language (4+4 credits)

Students must choose languages through Web Self Service during the I semester.

Mandatory English
Course length: 1 semester with a LUISS instructor
Course scheduling: I semester, I year

Second mandatory language
Course length: 2 semesters with LUISS instructors
Course scheduling: II semester, I year

Other Activities (8 credits)

During their I year, students must choose other activities (8 credits) to complete their master's degree requirements.

Final Work

The final evaluation for master's degree students includes writing and defending a thesis on a topic previously studied during the degree course. The thesis may be written in Italian or another language.