Course Structure

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Here are the contours of the program.

We will start on 2nd November 2019, and end on 31 October 2020. The lectures will be held in English and/or in Spanish. Reading comprehension of both languages is necessary.

In order to obtain the Master’s degree, students will be required to pass 18 exams. Eight courses and exams will be held during a four-week residential session at the Imperia campus of the University of Genoa in January/February 2020. Ten courses and exams will be divided among three on-line sessions of two months each. These will take place on an internet platform in November-December 2019, March-April 2020, and May-June 2020. To conclude, students will be required to carry out an individual research project and write a short master thesis to be submitted by October 2020. You will find more specific information below.

The number of participants to the program is limited to a maximum of 35 students. 15 scholarships are being offered on the terms specified in the announcement and, also, in the menu Application & Enrolment above. Applications, to be filled on-line, must be received by 3rd May 2019, at 12.00-noon (Italian time).

Program of Studies

We offer thirty-nine courses in this program, all connected to legal, political and ethical issues of an era in which many in the world aspire to global rule of law and constitutional democracy. Eight of these courses are compulsory. Thirty-one of them are optional, and every student must pick ten.

To facilitate the choice, we can propose four different itineraries: a human rights law itinerary, a constitutional law itinerary, one in political philosophy, and one in philosophy of law. There are other possibilities, of course, and students are invited to construct the one that best fits their professional endeavour and personal interests.

Due to the high qualification of our teaching faculty, the program will provide its students with a unique opportunity for technical training, cultural experience, and intellectual development on the key subjects for the establishment and maintenance of morally decent societies.

More specific information on individual courses is a mouse-click away.

Teaching Faculty & Method

With almost 60 professors, our student-teacher ratio is less than 1:1. We put particular efforts to design a study environment promoting critical thinking and analysis.

This is why each residential course is given by two or three professors having different standpoints on the subject matter. They often expose and explore it together, and they are also always present in the class in order to participate in a debate or to spark one.

On-line courses are a complement to that part. They provide our students with an excellent opportunity to gain mastery of writing skills through forum interventions and a number of short papers. While these are based on guided reading assignments, individual feedback from the professors enhances clear, concise and to the point communication of the student’s personal opinion, observation, and critiques.

By July, our students are thus well prepared to draft a master thesis based on an individual research project connected to the program, and supervised by some of the best international experts in the field. You can check their academic records and publications right here.

Further Insights

The venue of the residential session is in a small picturesque town on the Ligurian Riviera in Northwest Italy. The town is called Imperia – Porto Maurizio. It is an hour and a half drive from Genoa on the East, or from Nice and Monaco on the West. Milan and Turin are less than three hours away by train or by car.

The Organizing Committee of the Master has an arrangement with a local guesthouse, assuring that our students will get reduced prices for meals and accommodation for the whole period of the residential session. There are also many other accommodation possibilities either in hotels or in private apartments (for rent).

Some of the students in the previous years decided to come with their family or their spouse. Upon request, we can help you providing some information of your interest (travelling opportunities, for example).

Please, do not hesitate to contact us for more information. Also, click here if you want to get a glimpse of some of the lectures from last year.