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International Trade Relations

Academic Year: 
Degree Level: 
Master's Degree
2 years
Teaching Facility: 
Department of Political and Social Sciences
Access Requirements: 
Italian Classification: 
LM52 - Relazioni internazionali
Teaching Languages: 
Italian and English

Course Overview

The International Trade Relations master’s degree programme provides students with background knowledge of a both theoretical and practical nature. By means of a critical examination, students are enabled to analyse, interpret and assess a whole range of issues that international trade relations face up to. Particular emphasis is placed on the key role played by location of economic activities, combined with access to EU funding and the foundations of economic freedom that companies do enjoy in the Internal Market.

Lectures will be delivered in Italian and English, consisting of group discussions of case studies, paper presentations, and the drafting of business plans. The aim is to boost communicational, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills. Traditional teaching devices, including audio and video materials, will be used during lectures. Students will have the chance to spend some time abroad as part of their overall training programme.

Educational Goals

By the end of this postgraduate degree programme, students will have received advanced and multidisciplinary training in the area of world trade relations involving nation-states, international bodies and organizations, and all the legal-economic aspects of the internationalisation process that of course trade relations themselves benefit from.

Students’ training pathway has therefore been mapped out into three major areas for them to gain a better understanding of techniques, legal knowledge and strategy on how to protect investments and enable trade activities in foreign markets, the principles as well as the rules that shape international trade, and particularly those of the OMC system and the internal European market.

In addition to three major areas that students will have to follow through, such as international trade, history and linguistics, there is also a whole range of other topics and issues to study in more detail. Postgraduates will thus be enabled to plan, research and assess trade activities in terms of:

  • business strategy;
  • local development policies;
  • public and private business initiatives seeking to improve international trade;
  • economic competitiveness;
  • legal technicalities to deal with, so as to encourage international trade;
  • interpretation and enforcement of legal provisions governing commercial relations;
  • the assessment and implementation of legal devices for the internationalisation of businesses;
  • the evaluation, selection and development of strategies and policies as to how legal devices can be used to promote and internationalise sustainable bodies and organizations from both the public and private sector.
  • paying close attention to financial and economic factors in the global market, along with the main driving forces behind modern history, globalisation, the economic process and its development, and the geopolitical players that shape world trade relations, as far as language, history, and political science are all concerned.

Job Opportunities

Typical job titles

  • Public Administration Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Purchasing Specialist
  • Asset and Service Manager
  • Economy Specialist
  • Socio-political Researcher