Course Code: LM-52/62


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The Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies and Diplomatic Sciences is inspired by an interdisciplinary approach, in which the contents and methodologies of Political Science, Sociology of Communication, Law, Economy and Statistics complement each other. The knowledge and tools acquired through the study of these disciplines seem essential to develop a career in both the public and private sectors in the contemporary world.

The first year is aimed at developing the following skills: mastering and using the main theories of international relations in a flexible way; understand the dynamics of the global economy and financial markets, as well as the classical and emerging legal principles that regulate international political life; understand the relationship between media, actors and political processes. Moreover, at this stage, students are guided in the deepening of the objectives and strategies of two international actors particularly relevant from the Italian perspective, such as the United States and the Vatican.

The second year of the major in International relations urges students to turn their attention to the emerging issues of the international dimension such as energy and climate policies, the management of crises with increasingly undefined outlines, the conflicting strategies of the protagonists of international politics. In this second part of the training course, students are also asked to integrate the skills of qualitative analysis developed previously with the introduction to quantitative investigation methods of international political phenomena. Finally, they are offered the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of two crucial regions of the world political chessboard, such as the Indo-Pacific quadrant and the Post-Soviet Space, as well as the goals and policies of their respective champions, China and Russia.



Multidisciplinary training allows our graduates to develop the skills necessary to accredit themselves as specialists in political and social sciences, legal sciences and economics on intermediate and higher positions in both the public and private sectors.

The profile of the graduates who have formed their theoretical and practical skills in the major in International Relations path is more attractive for the following job opportunities:

  • Diplomacy;
  • Political and trade union organizations;
  • International organizations;
  • Public administration;
  • Public affairs;
  • Lobbying;
  • Political intelligence;
  • International relations offices of national and multinational companies;
  • Institutional relations offices of national and multinational companies;
  • NGOs and Third Sector.



Post-colonial state and crime in Africa. An anthropological approach.

The aim of the workshop is to analyze the emergence processes and dynamics of changes under way in the "shadow state" in Africa, namely: those networks of interests through which the post-colonial political class draws authority and personal enrichment from control of the accumulation channels of wealth.
Firstly, the analysis will focus on some exemplary cases to investigate how corruption, since the eighties, has undergone significant transformations in connection with the development of international criminal networks, the privatization of state institutions, the proliferation of private armies, the growth of the looting economy and smuggling of natural resources. Students will be able to deal with sources of different nature (in particular: cinematographic, literary and ethnographic) in order to examine the diversity of discursive forms produced in Africa on the relationship between political power, corruption and violence.

Back in the USSR: notes on ostalgie. Russian society, politics, literature, culture and cinema

The workshop aims to deepen the field concerning the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall; this was a concept of concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989, but which mainly divided the countries of Western Europe from those of Eastern Europe. It is important to understand some generations who have lived within the Warsaw Pact countries, formally a Treaty of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance with the USSR. In that period emerges "ostalgie", which goes against the modern principle of multicultural society and the globalization of the world. It is also an interesting photograph of two different times, the first in 1957 with EU-6 and today with EU-27, referring precisely to the phenomenon of "ostalgie" (only DDR or even beyond?). We would like to take into consideration an in-depth analysis of social and political society before and after the times considered and in this case it will be necessary to involve several European countries including Italy, which was part of the EU-6 and is part of the EU-27, but above all the former USSR countries, or countries influenced by the USSR; relevant in this case the reference to the Baltic countries.
Finally, cinematography can help to represent all these aspects through the image, inspired by the film Good Bye, Lenin! in 2003 by Wolfgang Becker, starring Daniel Brühl and Katrin Sass, whose film has become one of the biggest hits of German cinema, and inspired by the post-reunification phenomenon of the Ostalgie.

A "new" Cold War? The bipolar system and the unipolar system in comparison

The workshop aims to stimulate students to analyze international systems through a comparative methodology. With the help of the teacher who will nurture and moderate the debate, the students will be called to identify together the essential characteristics of the order arose after the collapse of the Soviet Union, confronting them with the peculiar elements of what had characterized the Cold War. Starting from the classical analysis on the distribution of power and the ideological distance between the units of the system, we will try to identify the similarities and differences between the bipolar system and the unipolar system. Finally, the hypothesis of the "new" Cold War will be discussed.

Preserving the unipolar "moment"? A comparative analysis of the American administrations strategic documents

The workshop aims to stimulate students to analyze the strategic approaches of the American administrations elected after the end of the Cold War through a comparative methodology. With the help of the teacher who will nurture and moderate the debate, students will be asked to discuss the National Security Strategy that the White House has published since the 1990s. Through the comparative analysis of these strategic documents we will try to understand the elements of continuity and those of discontinuity between the Administrations Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump in the light of their lowest common denominator: the will to preserve the so-called unipolar "moment".

Evaluating the quality of democracy

The aim of the workshop is to introduce students to the issue of quantitative analysis of the democratic level of a country. On the one hand, students will be stimulated to think about the construction of the indicators of democracy, on the other they will develop skills of interpretation and synthesis of information. The methodology with which the laboratory will be conducted is of the "learning by doing" type: the students will be guided by the teacher in a bibliographic research on democratic indicators, will download and analyze historical series of real data, will construct synthetic and descriptive measures of the useful data useful to argue critically on the trend of the democratic quality of our country compared to other European countries.