Second cycle degree in

Local development (2020/2021)

Class: LM-81 - Development co-operation

Class LM-81 - Development co-operation
Duration 2 years
Branch Padova
Language English
Tuition fees and scholarships
President of the Course of Study ANNA GIRALDO
Access Open access with admission requirements
Reference structures Department of historical and geographic sciences and the ancient world, Scuola di scienze umane, sociali e del patrimonio culturale

Next Call for applications (international students):

  • 7th April-7th June: non-EU applicants residing outside Italy
  • 7th April-7th July: EU applicants or equivalent



  Deepening

Characteristics and objectives

The course, conducted entirely in English, provides an advanced training level in the promotion of local development. In particular, it provides in-depth knowledge of the specific social, organizational, economic, territorial and institutional forms and dynamics that characterize local development processes in different contexts and at different levels of development. The course is multidisciplinary and the curricular contents will cover integrated knowledge in the fields of economic, sociological, statistical, historical-geographical, socio-pedagogical and anthropological areas.
The course intrinsically includes a multicultural and multilingual dimension, reinforced by partnerships and mobility agreements signed with foreign universities (Erasmus agreements).

The course includes a kick-off seminar, an incoming orientation activity that involves all the operational resources of the course, social partners and alumni. The goal is to create solid foundations for the teaching activities by sharing the course content and organization, with a look at the possible career opportunities.

The course includes an internship, also abroad, in connection with Local Development Agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations, Public Administrations at different scales, trade and citizenship associations, enterprises. The case study conducted during the internship will provide the starting point for the degree thesis.

Occupational opportunities

Graduates have the ability to analyze the territorial context, recognize and promote the conditions favorable to local development, apply, in full autonomy, with managerial functions and in complex and problematic contexts, the various methodologies for elaboration, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects for local development.

Graduates can be employed as professionals in local development and development cooperation, in different social and territorial contexts, in governmental and non-governmental organizations at the local, national and international level, trade and citizenship associations, enterprises.

  Teaching list

I Anno ESSENTIALS OF PROJECT PLANNING AND EVALUATION (MOD. B) KICK-OFF SEMINAR [ ANNA GIRALDO ] INTERNSHIP [ ANNA GIRALDO ] ACADEMIC SPEAKING AND WRITING ITALIAN LANGUAGE LABORATORY PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS FOR LOCAL DEVELOPMENT CIRCULAR ECONOMICS AND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT [ FRANCESCA GAMBAROTTO ] STATISTICS FOR SOCIAL SCIENCE [ ANNA GIRALDO ] STATISTICAL METHODS FOR LOCAL DEVELOPMENT (MOD. A) [ MARIA CASTIGLIONI ] LOCAL DEMOCRACY [ EKATERINA DOMORENOK ] TERRITORIAL GOVERNANCE AND PUBLIC POLICIES [ EKATERINA DOMORENOK ] SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODOLOGY [ MATTEO BASSOLI ] SOCIAL DYNAMICS IN LOCAL DEVELOPMENT [ GIORGIO OSTI ] GEOGRAPHICAL SPACE: THEORETICAL AND EMPIRICAL APPROACHES (MOD. A) [ MARINA BERTONCIN ] GIS: MAPPING AND ANALYSIS (MOD. B) [ SILVIA PIOVAN ] TERRITORIAL STRATEGIC APPROACHES FOR LOCAL DEVELOPMENT THESIS PROJECT PLANNING AND QUANTITATIVE METHODS (C.I.) [ MARIA CASTIGLIONI ] GEOGRAPHY FOR LOCAL DEVELOPMENT: THEORY AND PRACTICE (C.I.) [ SILVIA PIOVAN ]

Entry requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, with proven skills in Political Science, International Relations and Diplomacy, International Economics, Management, Cooperation and Development, Intercultural Communication, Media and Cultural Studies, International Law, Political Philosophy, Geography, Social Psychology, Sociology
  • English language at a B2 level as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or corresponding level (e.g. Academic IELTS or TOEFL/IBT) is required. A certificate stating they have demonstrated such ability may be presented if it is not more than 3 years old at the date of enrolment. If the candidate is an English mother tongue speaker or has attended their upper secondary school or a degree course taught in English, no language certification is necessary.