Program

Learning objectives

The Master in International Cooperation and Development trains professionals to be able to contribute to development cooperation with creativity, personality and competence by interpreting local and international events, interacting with all stakeholders, identifying and managing environmentally and local culture-friendly interventions.
For this purpose, the program provides the students with a basic multidisciplinary training and specialized technical and managerial competences to:

  • Actively contribute to partnering for development, with a bottom-up approach
  • Involve local civil society in identifying and managing resources 
  • Manage technical, financial and administrative aspects of cooperation initiatives
  • Collaborate with national and international institutions within local policy frameworks 
  • Promote good governance, human rights and human dignity within state and non state actors 
  • Address transnational issues such as migration, trafficking and money laundering
  • Promote participatory processes, institution and democracy building.

 

Structure of the master

MICaD is structured in four complementary levels, fostering a a multidimensional approach. During the programme, scientific training and professional training are intertwined, so to facilitate the indispensable dialogue between theory and practice, that should never be disconnected: hands on reality fosters new waves of relevant research, and systematic reflection upon practical experience makes learning possible.

1st Level – Scientific Training and Management Skills

Economic and Human Development Geopolitics, Conflict and Post Conflict  Trade and Finance for Development Development Law and Institutions Project Cycle Management and Theory of Change

2nd Level – Professional Training

Development Actors and Strategies Crisis Prevention, Emergency, Relief and Recovery Resources and Development: Institutions, Corruption and Conflict  Human Rights, Human Dignity and Development Enhancing Professional and Cooperative Skills

3rd Level 

PROJECT WORK

4rh Level

INTERNSHIP

 

1st and 2nd Level | Courses

During the programme, scientific training and professional training are intertwined, so to facilitate the indispensable dialogue between theory and practice, that should never be disconnected: hands on reality fosters new waves of relevant research, and systematic reflection upon practical experience makes learning possible.


Essentials of Development

  • Development Cooperation Actors - G. Prennushi (Independent consultant)
  • Development Indicators - G. Prennushi (Independent consultant)

Globalization and Development

  • Global Integration, Trade and Development - S. Beretta (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
  • Money and Finance in Open Economies - E. Colombo (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
  • Development Economics - M. A. Maggioni (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
  • The Interface between Trade and Development in the Multilateral Dimension - M. Tortora (former senior staff member, UN Secretariat - UNCTAD)
  • Global Finance and Development: Servant or Deceiver? - P. Dembinski (University of Fribourg & Observatoire de la Finance)

Drivers of Development Institutions

  • International Human Rights Law - M. La Manna (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
  • Human Rights Public Policy - A. Rossi (former Director of the Measurement and Human Rights Programme at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University)
  • Local Governance for Development - M. Nebel (Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla - UPAEP)
  • Institutions, Democracy and Development. Facts, Theories, and Measures - D. Rossignoli (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)

History and Culture

  • Institution Building and International Security in the Post-Bipolar World - R. Redaelli (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
  • Geopolitical Analysis: Actors, Resources, Strategies - A. Pigoli (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
  • Cultural Diplomacy in Extreme Areas - M. Lombardi (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)

Geography

  • Natural Resources Management and Development - S. Balestri (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
  • Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) into Development Projects - M. Armellin (World Vision UK)
  • Energy and Environmental Challenges in Developing Countries - S. Tagliapietra (The Johns Hopkins University – SAIS Europe, Bologna)

How to design and evaluate development projects    

  • Project Cycle Management - J. Schunk
  • Theory of Change - G. Agosti (CESVI)
  • Monitoring and Evaluation - G. Agosti (CESVI)
  • Social Innovation and Participatory Designed Projects – I. F. Lara (Asuntos del Sur - National University of Lanús, Argentina)
  • Profit – Non-Profit Partnerships - F. Cinque (E4Impact Foundation)

Selected Development Issues    

  • The Challenge of Hunger - L. Albani and G. Agosti (CESVI)
  • Building Resilience - F. Giordano (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
  • Partnering for Health in Development Cooperation - G. Gargioni and E. Minelli (WHO)
  • Gender and Development - M. Romanelli  (WeWorld-GVC)
  • Gender Equality and Development – S. Muzi (World Bank)
  • Impact Investing and Inclusive Business - E. Casolari (OPES LCEF) and F. Oliva (AVSI)
  • Illicit Financial Flows and Developing Countries - M. Riccardi (TRANSCRIME)

Professional Skills Enhancement    

  • Collecting, Managing and Representing Data - E. Uberti (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
  • UCSC Library Resources - D. Grbac (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
  • How to Prepare for a Career in International Organizations - S. Johaar (UN expert, Brussels)
  • Soft Skills: Assessment and Development – BeInValYou
  • Enhancing Communication Skills in Development - N. Strazzari (Vision Plus Media Enterprises and Università della Valle d'Aosta)
     

3rd Level | Project Work

Students develop their project work, a personal research connected to their internship experience, or concerning a topic of their choice, in close contact with a Master professor and/or a professional from a partner institution.

 

4th Level | Internship

The program is completed with an internship, lasting minimum three months, in Italy or abroad, identified through a constant collaboration with the Master tutor. It is an invaluable opportunity to test and strenghten the competencies acquired during the Master’s program.

 

Assessment and Diploma

1st level Specializing Master's Degree issued by the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italian Law D.M. 509/99) will be granted at the end of the Master’s course upon achievement of 60 ECTS credits, gained through the attendance to all the Master activities and the positive results in the examinations taken. All the Master’s activities (exams, internship, project work) must be performed.

 

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