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Programme and Structure

Term I: EU Governance (15 ECTS) – Module Director: Giovanni Orsina

Roma, Luiss – October 2023 to January 2024

Students will attend general courses on Europe and the EU (history, institutions, economics, politics and policies). They will also attend a professional guests seminar series, and two intensive laboratories: Negotiations in European and International Settings, and Policy Advice. These courses, seminars and laboratories are aimed at providing students with solid theoretical and practical foundations.

1. European Politics in the 20th Century - ETCS: 3

The course “European Politics in the Twentieth Century” aims at providing students with a full understanding of European political history from 1945 until the fall of the Berlin Wall. It will consider the political and institutional evolution of the largest Western European countries, placing it within the framework of the changing international situation – both within Europe and between Europe and other continents –, and of the European integration process.

2. European Macroeconomics - ETCS: 3

The course of European macroeconomics focuses on the main economic institutions of the European Union. A particular attention will be devoted to the institutions of the European Monetary Union, that is the ECB and the organization of the public budget of national governments under the sovra-national guidelines and rules.  Given the interdisciplinary approach of the curriculum of European studies, the aim of the course is to analyze the macroeconomic performances of the European countries in connection with the political institutions and the overall integration process of the European Union.

3. EU Institutions - ETCS: 3

The objective of the course on European institutions and politics is to provide a better understanding, through a political science approach, of the innovative and sometimes cumbersome set of institutions built up over time as an instrument of the European integration process. The course will first consider the historical dimension as the present setting is the result of a long and complex process of development and stratification.

4. Policies and Policymaking in the EU - ETCS: 3

The main goal of this course is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the policymaking process at EU level and of a selection of EU policies.

The course essentially follows a political science perspective (specifically, comparative politics, public administration, theoretical policy analysis) but will also draw on other disciplines where relevant (e.g., economics, legal studies).

5. The Foreign Policy of the European Union - ETCS: 3

The course analyzes the External Actions Service of the European Union and its key role as a diplomatic corps of the European Union. 

Term II: EU Climate Diplomacy (12 ECTS) – Module Director: Arnaud Leconte

Berlin, CIFE – February 2023 to April 2024

During the term in Berlin, the module of “EU Climate Diplomacy” will be covered: Critical EU diplomacy and sustainable development relations will be reviewed in the perspective of new international investment and trade bilateral and multilateral agreements with complex long-term issues such as common climate, health, land desertification and biodiversity policy and actions. It will be investigated how far the EU has a strong political voice and expresses its economic power through its support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Declaration and its political initiatives such as the Green Deal. Meetings with seasoned experts in EU diplomacy will be organised.

1. EU Law for Biodiversity Conservation, a Sustainable Development Approach - ETCS: 3

Sustainable Development touches upon a broad variety of key elements of environmental policy-making, such as environmental ethics, social and economic challenges, new technologies, future pathways and issues as complex as pandemics, climate change and global warming. This course covers the evolution of the idea of “Sustainable Development’, the thought, the concept, the doctrine and discusses the question of which EU structures, organizations, and institutions are created to promote the concept.

2. Science Diplomacy - ECTS: 3

The course explores how science can strengthen evidence-informed policymaking at EU and external actions’ levels and more specially on smart coalition to preserve the environment and health security. It promotes dialogue between scientists and policymakers on the earth system, water, air health, and land protection. The mandate of Science Diplomacy is to provide the guidance on knowledge requirements for implementing climate policy and international agreements.

3. New Climate Diplomacy and EU Climate Action - ETCS: 3

This course deals with climate policies and diplomacy. This domain encompasses all the discourses, actions and formal decision that the EU produces jointly with corporate and civil society actors in order to manage collectively the climate system and develop a Circular Economy with other states. The aim of this teaching is to equip students with conceptual tools that enable the analysis of the processes through which climate policies are formulated and impact the state of the natural environment. Upon completion of the course, the student is able to analyse the relationship between current state of the climate system and climate policy attributes 

4. Sharing Economy and Socially Just Ecological Transition - ECTS : 3

This course is designed to explain the complex ecological transformation’s road map towards a fair social balance that deals with adverse social consequences and dumping. It brings the social dimension of international and intra-generational equity (equal opportunities for all within one generation) and the temporal dimension of inter-generational equity (no limitation to freedom of choice of future generations) to the core of political decisions and conflicts between industrialised countries and newly developed countries in Trade and Climate negotiations.


Term III: EU Trade & Investment Diplomacy (12 ECTS) – Module Director: Arnaud Leconte

Nice, CIFE - April 2023 to June 2024

This term will be devoted to “EU Trade & Investment Diplomacy”. Digital services and network, Artificial Intelligence and big data are the new frontier of globalization and represent the most dynamically growing part of world exchanges. Nonetheless, stalled diplomatic negotiations on data, algorithm and AI within the context of the WTO and persistent controversies over services in trade agreements reflect substantial discord on the optimal design of international services investment and trade rules. The outcome of these negotiations is critical. New forms of cooperation agreements increasing connectivity and digital network may enable countries in their policy space to promote renewable energy, to safeguard universal coverage of education and healthcare, and to pursue inclusive development goals.

Students will attend specialized courses aimed at preparing them for their future professional engagement, on topics such as Trade Diplomacy, External Investment for SDGs, AI, Big Data and Digitalized Governance, Innovative Forms of Collaborative Action in the Digital society.

1. Trade Diplomacy and EU policymaking - ETCS: 3  

The EU is one of the major trading blocs. The study of its terms of trade agreement and negotiation is essential today with the multiplication of Regional and bilateral agreements and the proliferation of trade conflicts. It includes the knowledge of GATT agreements, the genesis of the WTO and efforts to reform; the essential integration of environmental and social concerns into those agreements and the reflections on the greening of trade and investment; and a focus on the EU-transatlantic and EU-Asia relations and infrastructures (silk road project) with the complex adoption of international norms and rules in support of trade, finance and access to public markets. The aim is to give a compelling vision of a balanced global system of shared responsibilities

2. Economic Diplomacy, EU External Investment for the Sustainable Development Goals - ETCS: 3

This course shows how the EU, the largest donor providing more than half of the aid in global public development, strengthens the European coordination and gives visibility (especially in relation to China and its Silk Road Belt initiatives) to the European development policy, while targeting development finance and climate actions in developing and neighborhood countries through a 'European Bank for Climate and Sustainable Development'


3. Europe’s AI and Digital Connectivity, the EU Connectivity Approach - ECTS: 3

An edge in innovation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is crucial, as digitization transforms the global economy. Moreover, dominance in the fields of data and technology is vital for political dominance, and the United States have shown no restraint in demanding support from their allies to maintain their leading position versus China. This lecture shows how European stakeholders do their groundwork, by way of foreign investments in innovation, technology and public–private partnerships, as well as an allocation of funds, and thus reap the potential of strategic cooperation and coordination with partners elsewhere. In particular, at the World Trade Organization, the G20 and other forums, the EU is moving in cooperation with Japan and others to further a global framework that addresses cross-border internet policy, governed by the concept of data free flow with trust. 

4. Innovative Forms of Collaborative Action in the Digital society - ECTS: 3

Through this course, students will come to appreciate both the challenges that European democracies are currently facing, as well as the options to renew democratic processes. Thereby, they will come to appreciate the possibility of fostering collective innovation, in order to develop better and timely solutions to address societal challenges. And they will develop a positive outlook on the political process, based on a better understanding of how to renew our policy dialogue and collaborative mechanisms to generate more effectiveness and democracy in foreign actions.


Cross-module: Applied Research & Project Management 

October 2023 – June 2024

This term is dedicated to the applied research and project management. The Applied Research occurs across the Rome, Berlin and Nice sessions. It consists in Project Work & Thesis and practical case studies, where students will implement their learnings in simulated (laboratories) or real-life (case studies) situation. The CIFE and LUISS facilities will be open to professionals that will discuss practical case studies of applied research and projects in EU diplomacy.

Research & Project Management: Project Work & Thesis (10 ECTS)

The applied research work is a highly important element of the Master's programme.

Project Work

The project work will be focused on three areas of the Master “Sustainability & Climate”, “Investment & Trade”, “Digital Cooperation”.

In Roma, students will meet experts experienced in the three key areas of the Master: Sustainability & Climate, Investment & Trade, Digital Cooperation. These “Insight into EU Policies” seminars will give the practical perspective and aim at training students in conducting their own policy evaluation.

In Berlin, students will present their draft policy papers as pre-summit Sherpa negotiators. They are tasked with finding political solutions to the issues at hand and to agree on a draft resolution.

In Nice, students will participate in the final round of negotiation of an international summit and discuss the most contentious issues in order to find consensus.


The thesis is an academic contribution that must correspond to the orientation of your studies. It deals with a topic that belongs to a pre-existing field of research, but one which is not inherently exhausted. The required methodology should allow you to formulate a research problem, know the relevant publications and write a report on the research and its results. The form of the dissertation is standardised, and its presentation follows rules intended to facilitate the readability, identification and dissemination of the dissertation.

The general objective of the thesis is to evaluate the candidate's ability to:

*analyse a subject using a stringent methodology using the relevant discipline

*adopt a critical attitude

*mobilize his or her reflection on the theme addressed

*provide a precise and reasoned answer to the question raised

*present the difficulties encountered and/or the limits of its analysis

*broaden the scope of the problem through a prospective approach


Case Studies and Laboratories (11 ECTS)

The applied research in the form of case studies work is a highly important element of the Master's programme. Students should devote the time for preparing the case studies that will be discussed with professionals of major institutions. 

The case studies refer to major EU topics where policy makers have to deal with critical diplomatic issues such as EU-transatlantic relations, EU-Asia relations and infrastructures (silk road project, Arctic route), EU neighborhood policy, African partnership etc.


Study trip

A study trip to a diplomatic hub such as Brussels gives insight knowledge into EU Diplomacy and interaction with high-level lecturers, experts and diplomats