The “Applied Workshops on Global Affairs” aim at bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical skills. The Workshops introduce students to specific problems of international relations, European affairs and policies, and international security by adopting a practical approach and innovative teaching methods. Students are involved in simulations, debates, role-play, etc., by qualified instructors with direct knowledge in the relevant field.
Workshops take place each year in September and February, before the kick-off of the courses, and are open to a limited number of students (maximum 20-25), who would like to gain specific skills and experience, under the guidance of qualified practitioners, concerning the management and resolution of practical cases.
On-going Edition - February 2023
Career Support Program: How to Write a CV and Cover letter, and How to Prepare for an Interview
- Instructor:Soraya Johaar: More than a decade of experience working with the United Nations at Headquarters (New York), in the field (Kosovo) and with UNESCO (Paris).
Abstract of the Workshop:
CV and Cover letter are the first introduction to prospective employers. In this workshop students will discover how best to prepare these documents. Therefore, we start with the importance of analysing a vacancy. Students will also learn how to prepare and practice for the interview process that will allow them to effectively communicate their skills and competencies. In addition, they will have the opportunity to have an expert review and feedback on their CV and cover letter. The sessions will consist of presentations, simulations and practical activities.
Story-telling and International Relations: The Chronicle and The Analysis Process in Devising a Radio Program
- Instructor: Giampaolo Musumeci: Author and host of the foreign affairs radio program ‘Nessun luogo è lontano’ on Radio24 - Il Sole24Ore
Abstract of the Workshop
The workshop deals with the role of story-telling in geopolitics and the study of international relations. Students will learn how to combine news and stories with a wider point of view on the world. The workshop will give them a deep insight in the newsroom of a radio program on foreign affairs.
In the morning, students will join the team and participate in the brain storming we daily carry on in order to prepare the live show. How do we decide the specific topics every day? How do we select among hundreds of news all around the world, the stories we want to tell our audience? And, which is the best way to communicate complex situations such as the war in Ukraine, US and China tensions on Taiwan, the jihad in Sahel, and so on? Again, how should one choose guests, correspondents, sounds and music?
After the workshop, the students will listen to the radio program, so they will fully understand the entire process of making a daily radio program on foreign affairs and they will be aware of the result.
Learning Policy Advice
- Instructor: Giulio Venneri: European Commission, Bruxelles - Team leader for ‘Rule of Law and Democracy’ in the Directorate General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR)
Abstract of the Workshop
The Learning Policy Advice module is an intensive practical lab on policy writing techniques. It offers both theoretical and vocational training, as well as individual and collective simulations based on concrete office-like scenarios. It has specifically been designed to help students deepen their knowledge on both political and operational issues in the fields of international relations, diplomacy, international organisations, EU external relations, crisis management, and multilateral affairs, as well as to get acquainted with office dynamics characterising policy jobs in international relations and EU external affairs.