2014-2015

For Students Enrolled in the First Year in 2014-2015

First Year

First semester
Comparative Politics (6 credits)
Comparative Political Economy (6 credits)
Comparative History of Government (6 credits)
History of International Relations (9 credits)

Second Semester
International Law (6 credits)
History of Diplomacy (6 credits)
Migration and the Law (6 credits)
Explanatory Models in International Relations (6 credits)

First/Second Semester
- At least a further 9 credits to be covered by any course(s) of the student’s choice.

Courses on offer in English include Italian Politics and Society (6 credits) (this course is aimed especially at non-Italian students), Indian Ocean: History, Geopolitics and Security (6 credits), Gender Issues (6 credits) and Academic Writing (3 credits). Non-Italian students may also choose to cover 6 credits with basic and/or intermediate courses in Italian language (taking Italian language courses requires a small additional fee).

Second Year

First Semester
International Relations (6 credits)
Regional Integration (12 credits)
Ethics and International Relations (6 credits) or Theories of Global Justice (6 credits)
Laboratory for Negotiating and Management Skills in International Organizations (6 credits)

First and/or Second Semester
- At least a further 6 credits to be covered (as a matter of student choice) by one of the following:

  1. A language other than English. The following languages are currently taught in the Department: French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese. N.B. The teaching of these languages assumes an adequate knowledge of Italian.* As in the first year, non-Italian students may choose to take Italian.
  2. a period of work placement (stage), secured on students’ own initiative.**
  3. an Advanced Training Course in International Assistance for Institution Building and Electoral Monitoring (taking this course requires payment of an additional fee, which is reduced for students of World Politics and International Relations).

- A Thesis (24 credits).

* Foreign applicants whose Italian is not strong enough to follow one of these language courses are advised to take Italian language classes in their first year.

**The University does not itself establish work placements for students on an individual basis. However, efforts by students to secure work placements are facilitated by a number of conventions between the University of Pavia and specific institutions. For legal reasons, these conventions are currently in the process of being renewed. In recent years, Pavia University has had conventions with a large number of institutions including the following: FAO; Amnesty International, Italian section; UNICEF Pavia Committee; US Consulate General; Israeli Embassy; French Embassy; Henry Martyn Institute, International Center for Research, Interfaith Relations and Reconciliation; Representation of the European Commission in Milan; Socialist Group in the European Parliament; Istituto per gli studi di politica internazionale (ISPI); Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI); International Institute of Administrative Sciences. Subject to approval, students may apply independently for an internship with some alternative organization. In the light of a successful application, the University will then aim to establish the necessary official convention between the University and the organization in question.

Disclaimer: although changes in the course structure as described above are unlikely, the degree program is subject to periodic modifications in terms of individual courses or course descriptions. Degree programs for any given year are normally officially confirmed in April or May of the prior academic year. Any changes in the program will be reflected in immediate updates on this website.

Guidelines for enrolled students