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Requirements: Bachelor of Art Degree or equivalent
Attendance: weekend classes with a few full-time weekday sessions
Duration: One year
Starts: January 2019



  • To provide students with the interdisciplinary instruments (related to history, sociology, anthropology, economics and political science) necessary to manage activities in crisis and post-conflict areas;
  • To encourage critical analysis of conflict and underdevelopment, singling out the geostrategic causes and the possible solutions of intervention for “conflict resolution”;
  • To provide technical and working competence useful to take on operational functions and coordinate cooperation projects.


Career Opportunities

  • European and international institutions (among which: EuropeAid, DG Near, UN Agencies; international NGOs; financial institutes);
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Agency for Development Cooperation; Ministry of Interiors (Departments for migrations);
  • Third sector organisations (foundations, non-profit organisations, NGOs);
  • International organisations;
  • Central and outer Public Administrations (elective assemblies, ministries, local bodies, health authorities, authorities, universities) engaged in projects of cooperation and in strengthening foreign partnerships;
  • Trade Unions;
  • Enterprises and cooperatives (in the sectors of finance, trade, manufacturing and services) engaged in internationalisation actions;
  • Study centres of territorial bodies and research agencies.


Face-to-face classes (400 hours)


Unit 1 – Theoretical framework (60 hours)
• Theory of development and underdevelopment
• Theories, stories and “practice” of conflicts
• Human rights and humanitarian law
• Migrations, roots, causes and processes
• Ethics and operational principles of development cooperation


Unit 2 – Geopolitics, international actors and relations (80 hours)
• The international geo-strategic context: Africa, Asia, Mediterranean and Middle East. Regional and global powers
• Development agenda and Sustainable development goals
• Role and structure of the United Nations and international development agencies
• The European Union, policies and programmes of cooperation and development
• The Italian cooperation, the Agency: priorities, models, procedures
• Non-Governmental Organisations and private stakeholders working in the field of cooperation: role and instruments


Unit 3 – Conflict management and peacebuilding (100 hours)
• “Preventive Diplomacy”: experiences and operational models
• Peace-making, role and methods of diplomacy
• Management and communication of and in crises
• Conflict management and “conflict resolution”; problem solving; characteristics and techniques of negotiation and mediation. Resort to arbitration. The importance of the “loser”
• Conflict in Italy: migration flows management systems and processes guided by integration
• Common construction of a path of peace-building in a post-conflict area


Unit 4 – International cooperation projects (160 hours)
• Strategic plans of local sustainable development
• Project cycle management: from the concept to the projects (60 h)
• Participation in international tenders and fund raising
• Project management: activities, resources, monitoring, reporting, assessment
• Behaviours, habits and relational forms in crisis areas


Educational workshops (200 hours)

EU Project Management (to be applied to open calls for tender):
• Preparation of an international cooperation project supporting the development of the countries from which people emigrate towards Europe
• Preparation of a project for immigrants’ integration


“Hostile Environment Awareness Training” course, in collaboration with the General Staff of the Army
In collaboration with the General Staff of the Army, this training course focuses on behaviours that could minimise risk in conflict areas: behaviours dealing with the respect of local cultures; behaviours in case of riots; identification of explosives; principles and practice of first aid in situations of danger; behavioural guidelines in case of kidnapping, etc. This initiative will be developed at high professional level by experts coming from special units of the Italian Armed Forces.


Workshop on remotely piloted aircraft systems “DRONES”
Over the last decade RPAS have been increasingly used in several fields of application. Such high-tech systems can be applied in different sectors: monitoring of areas at risk, inspection of pipelines and oil pipelines, rescue missions, internal security and precision agriculture are only some of the activities for which drones are particularly effective and efficient. In order to provide information on the several fields of application in the sector of cooperation, on security, privacy and flight rules, a number of meetings will take place with the collaboration of some experts among which Mr. Marco DI FONZO – Director of the Research Centre SAPR – Expert in ICT and the operational use of remotely piloted aircraft systems.


Participation in interdisciplinary workshops of Link Campus University
a) Foreigners in Rome: life of immigrant communities in the city (meeting/workshop)
b) A travel from Africa (videos, records, pictures) told by the guests of a homeless shelter (exhibit, meetings)
c) Lets’ have a competition: preparation of a project on a tender of Fondo Asilo Migrazione and Integrazione - Fami (team work)