Global Politics and Society (GPS)

Course type
Master programme
120
ECTS
Access
Open with entry requirements examination
2
Years
Language
English
International title
Double Degree
Global Politics and Society (GPS) is a two-year master's degree programme, entirely taught in English. Students of this programme will benefit from a multidisciplinary training of the highest quality, aimed at preparing highly-qualified professionals, able to understand and interpret complex social and political dynamics arising in the wake of globalization, within a scenario of increased international interdependences. Core modules will bridge cutting-edge concepts and skills necessary to address key contemporary questions, extending from global geopolitics dynamics to the transformation of societies, from developments in international political economy to changing patterns of social inequalities. Students will then have the opportunity to strengthen their preparation in specific thematic areas, choosing from a wide range of options made possible thanks to the several lines of research that characterize the Department of Social and Political Sciences, which stands out as one of the best performing department for social and political sciences research in Italy.

During the last decades, globalization processes have been challenging the functioning of western societies across a wide range of domains: from political participation and representation to welfare states' structures and labour market regulation; from citizenship's rights and migration, to the threats concerning novel forms of discrimination and exclusion. The complexity, as well as the interdependent nature of those challenges, require professionals able to understand and interpret, in a way that is at the same time rigorous, theoretically informed and methodologically sound, how and in which directions globalization processes are affecting the functioning of contemporary societies and polities.
The master's degree in Global Politics and Society addresses the above-mentioned task, relying on a genuinely multidisciplinary approach, developed through a coherent path consisting of:
- a core package of six compulsory courses - meant to provide an advanced training in the fields of political science and sociology, complemented by key competences in the area of law and economics (48 credits);
- five elective courses, that allow students to strengthen their competences in specific thematic areas, within a rich offer of options (36 credits);
- other additional elective and optional activities (15 credits);
- a research dissertation (21 credits).
Analyst of social and political phenomena in the global scenario

Function in a work context:
Graduates in Global Politics and Society will be able to analyze - contextualizing them in the global scenario - complex socio-economic and political phenomena that characterize the relational and institutional structure of societies contemporary and pertain to different areas of public policy. The areas of expertise include: the analysis of the transformations induced by the processes of globalization and their own implications both on a global and local scale, the dynamics of discrimination and empowerment processes of discriminated social categories, welfare and anti-poverty policies, labor policies, rights humans.

Skills associated with the function:
Through the educational path, graduates acquire broad critical knowledge of the main social theories of the globalization processes, contemporary dynamics relating to democratization and cooperation processes and development, of intercultural relations and transformation of citizenship, also in relation to social and public rights Work. He also has solid methodological skills, both qualitative and quantitative. The profile of magistrate graduates is characterized by an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the social dimensions, political, juridical, economic and cultural aspects of globalization processes, both as regards relations international and local effects.
The master's graduate in Global Politics and Society therefore possesses advanced knowledge and skills for understand and evaluate the functioning of political institutions in different socio-economic contexts and the implications generated by processes that occur on a global scale.

Employment opportunities:
Global Politics and Society master graduates will be able to pursue several professional careers in one multiplicity of sectors, proposing themselves as specialists capable of interpreting political, economic and social issues in the global scenario and to develop medium and long-term strategic plans: 1) in the field of research applied, in the field of social and political sciences; 2) at national and international institutions and organizations non-governmental; 3) in public, private or third sector companies operating on the global market; 4) in the sectors information, publishing and cultural industries.
By way of example, they may apply to hold positions of responsibility in public, private or third party bodies sector, inserted in national and international contexts or in the global market, including: public bodies and governmental bodies (Ministries, General Directorates, institutions and bodies responsible for the design, implementation and evaluation of policies social and labour, anti-discrimination policies and cooperation and development policies (both local and
international); community and transnational bodies (multilateral agencies of the United Nations, the European Union, the World Bank, the OECD, etc.); non-governmental and third sector bodies engaged in subsidiary actions of implementation of social and labour, cultural, educational and development cooperation policies.
Master's graduates in Global Politics and Society will also acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to access second level masters and/or to continue training at doctoral level, in science disciplinespolitical and social issues in Italy and abroad.

Employment statistics (Almalaurea)
The programme is intended for top-level international students.
Admission is based on academic excellence. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree or equivalent; a strong interest and/or previous studies in political science, sociology or related subjects; a sound knowledge of
English language.
The evaluation process will take into consideration the applicants bachelor degree score (or equivalent) as well as the entrance test. The calendar of this entrance test, as well as all details about its delivery, will be
posted every year by early spring on the UNIMI website (https://www.unimi.it/it/corsi/corsi-di-laurea/global-politics-and-socie…) as well as on the specific GPS website (https://gps.cdl.unimi.it/en). Candidates who
do not pass the entrance test can sit again the test the following year.
Applicants who obtained their bachelor's degrees from Italian Universities are eligible for admission only if they hold a "laurea" degree belonging to any one of the "classi di laurea" (degree classes) listed below under
the heading "Note 1".
Applicants who completed their undergraduate studies in foreign Universities are eligible for admission if they
hold a bachelor's degree in political science, sociology, economics or other broadly related subjects (from
history to legal studies, philosophy, and so on), provided that their bachelor's degree may be regarded as
equivalent to one of the Italian "laurea" degrees listed below (Note 1).

L-05 Filosofia;
L-11 Classe delle Lauree in Lingue e Culture Moderne;
L-12 Classe delle Lauree in Mediazione Linguistica;
L-14 Classe delle Lauree in Scienze dei Servizi Giuridici;
L-16 Classe delle Lauree in Scienze dell'Amministrazione dell'Organizzazione;
L- l8 Classe delle Lauree in Scienze dell'Economia e della Gestione Aziendale;
L-20 Classe delle Lauree in Scienze della Comunicazione;
L-33 Classe delle Lauree in Scienze Economiche;
L-36 Classe delle Lauree in Scienze Politiche e delle Relazioni Internazionali
L-37 Classe delle Lauree in Scienze Sociali per la Cooperazione, lo Sviluppo e la Pace;
L-39 Classe delle Lauree in Scienze del Servizio Sociale;
L-40 Classe delle Lauree in Sociologia;
L-41 Statistica;
L-42 Classe delle lauree in Storia.

Non-native English speakers must be able to demonstrate their knowledge of English. At least a B2 level is required. The possessing of a IELTS or TOEFL will be taken into account. Candidates can also prove their knowledge of English if they have at least one year of university studies at institutions where English is the main language.

The GPS admissions committee will ascertain the B2-level requirement
The degree in Global Politics and Society offers the opportunity to study at several European universities, where students will be able to attend lectures and obtain credits for their degree.
Furthermore, GPS is part of a prestigious inter-university network: the network of European Masters in Labour Studies - EMLS. The other partners of the network are: Université catholique de Louvain, Universität Bremen, Universität Trier, University of Warwick, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Université Toulouse, University College Dublin, Università degli Studi di Firenze, University of Amsterdam, Instituto Universitario de Lisboa, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration of Romania, Univerza v Ljubljani. Each partner has agreed to recognize the teaching and evaluation methods of partner institutions as well as the equivalence of their curricula. Students may attend a semester in one of the EMLS partner universities. Accordingly, any examination passed at any university in the network is fully and automatically recognized.
GPS students may also obtain a double degree, jointly recognized by the University of Milan and the University of Bremen, following a specific path, focused on welfare and employment matters, and attending the first year at University of Bremen.
Attendance is highly recommended

Courses list

First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Global Social Dynamics 9 60 English SPS/07
Multi-Level Legal System 6 40 English IUS/07
Optional
Globalization, Social Justice and Human Rights 9 60 English SPS/08
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
International Political Economy and the Welfare State 12 80 English SECS-P/02 SPS/04
Optional
Comparative Politics and Development 9 60 English SPS/04
Economic of Social Regulation of Global Workforce 9 60 English SPS/09
International Migration and Immigration Policies 9 60 English SPS/10
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Global Social Inequalities 9 60 English SPS/09
Globalization and Cultural Diversity 6 40 English SPS/08
Optional
Global Citizenship 9 60 English SPS/07
Human Rights At Work in International and Comparative Law 9 60 English IUS/07
Optional activities and study plan rules
1 - Students must earn 18 credits by selecting two of the following alternatives
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Comparative Politics and Development 9 60 English Second trimester SPS/04
Economic of Social Regulation of Global Workforce 9 60 English Second trimester SPS/09
Global Citizenship 9 60 English Third trimester SPS/07
Globalization, Social Justice and Human Rights 9 60 English First trimester SPS/08
Human Rights At Work in International and Comparative Law 9 60 English Third trimester IUS/07
International Migration and Immigration Policies 9 60 English Second trimester SPS/10
be activated by the A.Y. 2025/2026
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Global Politics 6 40 English SPS/04
Optional
Datafied Societies 6 40 English SPS/08
Differences, Inequalities and the Politics of Law 6 40 English IUS/20
Employment, Inequalities and Discrimination in the Global Labour Market 6 40 English IUS/07 SPS/09
Journalism,media and Politics 6 40 English SPS/08
Second trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Consumer Culture 6 40 English SPS/08
Dissertation Lab 3 20 English SPS/07
Global Challenges to Democracy 6 40 English SPS/04
Globalization and Labor Markets 6 40 English SPS/09
Social Justice in a Global World 6 40 English SPS/01
The Welfare State and Social Innovation 6 40 English SPS/04
Third trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Data Lab 3 20 English SPS/04
Global Public Policy and the Knowledge Society 6 40 English SPS/04
Conclusive activities
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final Exam 21 0 English
Optional activities and study plan rules
2 - Students must earn 18 credits by selecting two of the following alternatives
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Consumer Culture 6 40 English Second trimester SPS/08
Datafied Societies 6 40 English First trimester SPS/08
Differences, Inequalities and the Politics of Law 6 40 English First trimester IUS/20
Employment, Inequalities and Discrimination in the Global Labour Market 6 40 English First trimester IUS/07 SPS/09
Global Challenges to Democracy 6 40 English Second trimester SPS/04
Global Public Policy and the Knowledge Society 6 40 English Third trimester SPS/04
Globalization and Labor Markets 6 40 English Second trimester SPS/09
Journalism,media and Politics 6 40 English First trimester SPS/08
Social Justice in a Global World 6 40 English Second trimester SPS/01
The Welfare State and Social Innovation 6 40 English Second trimester SPS/04
Value Change and Global Societies 6 40 English First trimester SPS/07
First trimester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Asylum from the Field: Borders, Struggles, and Integration Practices 3 20 English SPS/10
Research Methods in Social and Political Science 9 60 English SPS/04 SPS/07 SPS/09
Value Change and Global Societies 6 40 English SPS/07
Undefined
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Advanced Language Skills: French (3 ECTS) 3 0 French
Advanced Language Skills: German (3 ECTS) 3 0 German
Advanced Language Skills: Spanish (3 ECTS) 3 0 Spanish
Optional activities and study plan rules
- Student must earn 6 credits by selecting among the following activities: Foreign language: advanced 3 CFU; Stage 6 CFU
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Advanced Language Skills: French (3 ECTS) 3 0 French Undefined
Advanced Language Skills: German (3 ECTS) 3 0 German Undefined
Advanced Language Skills: Spanish (3 ECTS) 3 0 Spanish Undefined
Asylum from the Field: Borders, Struggles, and Integration Practices 3 20 English First trimester SPS/10
Data Lab 3 20 English Third trimester SPS/04
Dissertation Lab 3 20 English Second trimester SPS/07
- Students must earn 9 credits for elective activities
Among these activities, students can choose also "Research methods in social and political science"
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Research Methods in Social and Political Science 9 60 English First trimester SPS/04 SPS/07 SPS/09
Head of Study Programme
Academic guidance tutor
Erasmus and international mobility tutor 
Internship tutor
Quality Assurance Delegate
Contacts
Enrollment
First year enrolment:
Admission
Open with entry requirements examination

Admission

Application for admission: from 22/01/2024 to 31/05/2024

Application for matriculation: from 08/04/2024 to 15/01/2025


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Admission notice


Please note

Non-EU students visa applicants are required to apply for admission no later than 30 April 2024. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be evaluated and it will in no case be possible to request the refund of the admission fee.