First cycle degree in

Political science

Class: L-36 - Political science and international relations

Class L-36 - Political science and international relations
Duration 3 years
Branch Padova
Language Italian
Tuition fees and scholarships
Programme coordinator GIORGIA NESTI
Access Open access with assessment test

Aimed at students that are aspired by multidisciplinary training and work opportunities in areas of national, international, public, private, profit, and non-profit organizations. This course provides the skills necessary to interpret the political phenomena in their various dimensions by deepening the understanding of political, economic, legal, historical, and sociological studies. By understanding the function of a political systems at national, international, and supranational levels students will learn about the organizational and functioning aspects of public administrations, and the construction of the European integration process. Students will acquire analysis and research skills, synthesis, as well as the reasoning and communication skills that can be applied in different contexts of the public administration, or in the private sector in the context of foreign relations.

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Characteristics and objectives
The degree course in Political Science can offer students the possibility to acquire those scientific and methodological skills needed to interpret political phenomena at local, national, international, and supranational level, concerning both IGOs and NGOS. Interdisciplinarity is – of course – the key word.
This course helps students to acquire the appropriate methodological competences, as well as research skills, in order to give students the possibility to spend their abilities in different work contexts.
In order to achieve this goal, students have the possibility to focus deeply on economics, history, legal studies, political science, sociology, since all of these scientific fields are considered crucial study subjects. While the first two years are common for all students, during their degree programme, students have the possibility to choose – during the third year – part of their courses, in relation to their main academic interest. Thus, students might decide on which subject they want to specialize in deep.
Once graduated, students are able to analyze their economic, legal and political context, i.e., the functioning of: (a) different national/international/supranational political and legal systems; (b) public administration; (c) the process of European integration; social changes; (d) international relations, considering all diplomatic, economic, historical, legal, political, and sociological changes.

Occupational opportunities
Given the multidisciplinary approach, this degree offers the opportunity to work on several key work contexts. Graduated students can work in public or private institutions, profit or no-profit organization, at both national and international levels.
Potential job opportunities:
- Working in the promotion of internationalization within public administration offices (after a public selection)
- Working as international relations officer within the public administration (after a public selection) or in profit or non-profit institutions
- Working as public relations officer within the public administration (after a public selection) or in profit or non-profit institutions
- Working as human resources officer
- Working as public servant in general, or as a private employee.

From Bachelor's degree to Master's degree
As established by the official admission rules, students who graduated in Political Science can decide to continue their studies by enrolling in one of the postgraduate degree programmes offered by the Department of Political Science, Law and International Studies (SPGI) in:
Government sciences and public policies (LM-63)
International Relations and Diplomacy (LM-52)
European and Global studies (LM-90)
Human Rights and Multi-Level Governance (LM-52)
Students have also the possibility to enroll in other second-cycle degree programmes, according to the rules provided for by their Department's regulation.