Today’s political reality has become extremely complex, to the point that traditional programs of political science do not manage to understand it in its entirety and in its relationships.
In fact, every single political event happens at the crossroads of two dimensions:
- the vertical one, which places in relationship different levels of political life: the local, national, international and global;
- the horizontal one, which places in relationship the different social, political and institutional actors.
These two dimensions cross each other, generating a complex scenario that creates the current difficulties of interpretation and suitable interventions.
In the specializations of Political Studies at the IUS, the political reality is studied through an inter- disciplinary perspective which integrates the different knowledge basis from different sciences, but which are all important for politics.
This integration allows for a more effective attempt to:
1) understand the political landscape in its complexity;
2) acquire the theoretical grounding and practices to intervene in it.
The studies are articulated into three areas:
1) critical analysis and understanding of the main political cultures, in their conceptual roots, in their history and their current efficacy;
2) analysis of democracy in its different interpretations and aspects, with particular attention given to the following themes:
- democracy and participation;
- subjects and organizations of democracy;
- political communication;
3) politics and international relations.
In addition to the integration between disciplines, the specialization in Political Studies is characterized by the existing integration between theory and praxis. For this reason, much time is given for:
- the analysis of concrete cases and past and present experiences;
- exercises to learn the tools and methods of political participation and intervention;
- exchanges with professionals in politics (parliamentarians, administrators, officials, diplomats).
At the end of the specialized program in Political Studies, the students may:
a) continue in political and social research in academic environments, towards a Doctoral degree, or a specialized Master’s program;
b) get involved with competency in political life in its different forms;
c hold positions of responsibility in public policy, professional and labour unions, non-governmental associations;
d) organize projects aimed at prevention, conflict resolution and social integration.