Graduates of the PACTUM Master will therefore develop a wide range of knowledge including both practical and theoretical aspects of public policy management, conflict and crisis management, comparative law and comparative public administration, International politics and Mediterranean politics.
In short, the master will be conceived as an intense one-year course, involving classes and practical activities. A first “class semester” will be based on lecture-style instruction (although not necessarily conceived as standard subjects, since they will be complemented by seminars and blended activities with the connected universities). The second semester will be devoted to practical activities: an internship, to be agreed by the faculty of the course, connected to the issues studied in the previous period; a number of blended seminars developed with the collaboration of the partners of the network, and the preparation of the final thesis.
The structure of the first semester will be the following: students will have to attend lectures in 5 subjects of 20 teaching hours each. Each subject will be planned through collaborative work involving all the project’s HEIs. Syllabi will have to be circulated and they will explicitly include the proactive role of the students and the assignments expected.
In addition to the 5 classes, another 20 hours will be invested in the organization of 5 seminars of 4 hours each on different, but related, topics. The general title of these seminars will be Good Practices of Decision Making and Administration, to stress the importance of a comparative and pragmatic approach to successful experiences that can be analysed at the local and global level. This 20 hour activity will complete the programme of the first semester in class.
In particular, three subjects will be conceived as “pivotal subjects” in all the venues where the course will be organised and taught. This will guarantee a common basis of dissemination for all the Tunisian students involved. The subjects are:
- Comparative and Mediterranean Politics;
- Public Policy and Science of Administration;
- Theories of representative Democracy.
The other 2 subjects will be determined by each Tunisian university involved, on the basis of local sensibilities and specializations.
All subjects will benefit from the mutual exchanges with the EU partners. Blended activities with similar courses offered in Montpellier, Granada and Siena will be organized. This will allow mutual benefits for all the European and Tunisian instructors and the opportunity for the students of these classes to interact and socialise with each other.A few Experts from Siena, Montpellier and Granada will have the chance to visit the Tunisian venues and to be hosted in the classes.