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2016-2017 academic year

LUISS Guido Carli offers a series of educational opportunities to sharpen skills acquired during university careers and prepare students to the workforce. The following courses are open to all students registered for their second year of master’s programs in the Departments of Business and Management, Economics and Finance, and Political Science in addition to students in their fifth year in the Department of Law for the 2015-2016 academic year.

The courses are characterized by a practical, experience-based approach that aims to train students in specific skills, leaving theory aside. Using games, group work and presentations, each student can experiment, play and learn simultaneously.
Students can sign up for an unlimited amount of courses, provided that they do not interfere with their primary course requirements.

Course calendar (in Italian)

Courses offered in 2016-2017:

I Course – Problem Solving Lab 

The course is divided into four 4-hour modules.

The aim of the course is to provide students with tools to systematically solve problems that require creative solutions.

Participants will be challenged to think outside the box through both individual and group exercises.

Module One


  • The role of creativity in innovation and business
  • Brainstorming techniques
  • Defining the value of a product or service 

Even young people can be trapped in their ways of thinking conditioned by: knowledge, values, culture, society, and context.
Being creative requires an awareness of these constraints in order to think beyond them.
The course will begin with helping students to identify their limits and will then teach a series of gamestorming techniques that use games to stimulate creativity and innovation.
The session will conclude with a series of exercises on defining value, which is an efficient way to define a product or service and identify areas of opportunity.

Module Two

  • Resources
  • The Nine Windows
  • Elements of Design Thinking

This session will begin by challenging the well-rooted idea that resources are scarce, and arguing that the true challenge is seeing them. Then, students will learn a technique to help explore a problem, product or situation along the temporal and systematic axes. The session will come to a close following an introduction to design thinking, used by companies such as Apple, Samsung, Alessi and Ideo to develop highly successful products.

Module Three


  • Polarity and problems
  • Product DNA
  • Cross-domain analogy

What appears to be a problem may not always be so, in many cases the only issue is polarity, more precisely, a situation that does not have a single, best solution but a variety of alternative solutions.
Each product or service has its own DNA determined by its characteristics and functions, looking at other sectors that perform similar functions but in different ways can be a source of inspiration.

Module Four


  • Properties
  • Functions
  • Variations

The session will begin by categorizing the properties of a product or service. Students will then analyze the functions that each property performs, breaking the artificial bijectional relationship created in our imagination.
The session will then conclude with a property matching game to transform and enrich the features of a product or service.

II Course – Cross Cultural Skills

Course length: 16 hours, divided into 4 four-hour lessons. Students are required to attend all sessions.

Offered in English, the course introduces students to cultural diversity and its effect on behavior, perception, lifestyles, communication styles and reactions.

In an increasingly global world, it is crucial to develop understanding and awareness on how to approach people from different cultures and ethnicities to break down walls and create immediately satisfying relationships that are clear for all people involved.

III Course – English Tricks Lab 

Course length: 20 hours, divided into ten 2-hour lessons. Students are required to attend all sessions.

The goal of the course is to solidify language skills acquired throughout students’ academic careers, teaching little tricks to improve speaking skills during high-stress situations such as job interviews or speaking in public. The teacher will continually involve students using a dynamic and interactive approach, while refining their vocabulary and sentence structures to speak appropriately in all contexts.
Students must have a minimum C1/B4 level in order to participate. While a certificate of the level is not required, the instructor will evaluate students’ levels during the lessons.

IV Course – Leadership Experience

Course length: 24 hours, divided into four 6-hour lessons. Students are required to attend all sessions.

The course's objective is to recognize the growing need in the international panorama for leaders that are conscious of themselves and those around them. Students will learn to identify their own strengths and weaknesses as well as those of others in order to inspire positive behaviors and practices.

Participants in this year's edition will develop the four key leadership skills through art.

For each skill, an artistic expression will become a metaphor and primary content of the training session.

  1. Step Out through cinema: students create videos to share their identities.
  2. Look Forward through photographystudents use photographs to explain their vision.
  3. Connect through music and dance: starting with rhythm and body movement, students learn to relate to others.
  4. Delivery through paint: using their hands and colors, students will discover to relate to those around them, experimenting how to work and create with others.

Further Information

  • courses must have a minimum of 15 participants
  • maximum number of participants has been established for each course, students are admitted on a chronological basis
  • all courses will be held on a LUISS campus
  • all aforementioned courses are strictly non-credit


To sign up for a course, students must send an email to, with the following information:

  • name and surname
  • matriculation number
  • name of the course

The registration period begins on January 30, 2017 and closes on February 6, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.