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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Politics & Government

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    2 years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Information on 2019/20 fees is not yet available, but the amounts will be more or less be the same of 2018/19 (euro 2507,00). Please check: website

  • Last Updated

    12 February 2019

Available places: European candidates or non-European candidates residing in Italy: unlimited; Non-European candidates residing outside Italy: 15.

 Course description

This degree course is held entirely in English, and provides a thorough understanding of specific forms and social, economic, regional and institutional dynamics that characterize the processes of local development in different contexts and at different levels of development, and knowledge aimed at promoting the implementation of a sustainability process (policies, operational practices).

In particular, this degree course objective seeks to provide an in-depth application of the different methodologies used for the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs and projects for local development.

This degree course includes activities dedicated to acquiring advanced knowledge in the fields of political, economic, regional and social organization, statistics for the measurement of local and sustainable development, intercultural learnings, design and development of group dynamics.

The course includes an on-site traineeship, in Italy or abroad, in conjunction with relevant authorities and NGOs, to conduct the case study that will provide the starting point for the Master's degree course final exam.

 Course structure

  • Geographical space: theoretical and empirical approaches
  • GIS for Local Development
  • Territorial practices for Local Development
  • Governance of Local Development
  • Essentials of project planning and evaluation
  • Environmental and social responsibility in Local Development process
  • Economic processes in Local Development
  • Topics in political economy: regions and cities
  • Economic policy and Local Development
  • Social dynamics in Local Development
  • Group dynamics and transformative learning
  • Knowledge, communication and communities in motion
  • How to measure Local Development
  • How to measure the impact of Local Development programmes
  • Internship and thesis

Detailed information on course units

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 Career opportunities

This degree course prepares students for professions in local development and more generally in development cooperation in different social and regional contexts, with non-governmental organizations, government at various levels, international organizations and agencies, professional and neighborhood associations. Potential employment opportunities lie in the broad field of development cooperation - especially decentralized - and the promotion of community development in terms of context analysis and feasibility studies, activities under the project cycle, participation in the elaboration and evaluation of policies and programs of this sector.

Visit the Local Development page on the University of Padova website for more details!




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