Master in Public Policy and Social Change (MAPS)

An upper level Master of the University of Torino

Master in Public Policy and Social Change

About the master

MAPS is promoted by the University of Torino and held at Collegio Carlo Alberto. It is an Advanced Master's programme, open to students with a second cycle degree or one-long cycle degree in social sciences (including economics and business administration), statistics, law, humanities and the like. MAPS trains highly motivated students in the processes of social change in European societies and the public policies to meet these challenges at the national, European and global level.

MAPS graduates receive an Advanced Master's Degree from the University of Torino. All courses are taught in English.

Students from outside the EU should be aware that obtaining a visa is a long process taking between two (at the least) and six or more months, and are encouraged to apply well in advance so as to be able to follow the programme from its beginning.

Application Deadline:

The call for applications for 2018/2019 is now closed.

AIMS & OBJECTIVES

MAPS aims to provide an in-depth understanding of:

  • globalization trends and their consequences for public policy at national and European level;
  • European governance and the politics of European policymaking;
  • welfare state challenges and developments in a global perspective;
  • current socioeconomic and demographic change trends;
  • the ongoing tensions between economic and social policies in Europe.

MAPS graduates are able to:

  • identify and analyze in a sophisticated way economic, social and demographic change and its consequences for European societies, the interdependencies between different policy areas and the interactions between different levels of governance;
  • assess the outcomes of existing national and European public policies and envisage the regulatory instruments needed to meet ongoing challenges through innovative and evidence-based public policy;
  • select and apply the most appropriate methods, frameworks and tools for social and policy analysis.

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

DIRECTOR

Filippo Barbera (University of Torino)

COORDINATOR

Camilla Borgna (Collegio Carlo Alberto)

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Klaus Armingeon (University of Berne)
Tiziana Caponio (University of Torino)
Bea Cantillon (University of Antwerpen)
Daniela Del Boca (University of Torino)
Margarita Estevez-Abe (Syracuse University & Collegio Carlo Alberto)
Anton Hemerijck (EUI)
Manuela Naldini (University of Torino)
Tiziana Nazio (University of Torino)
Francesco Ramella (University of Torino)
Stefano Sacchi (University of Milano)
Cristina Solera (University of Torino)

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

Applicants must be university graduates with at least 4 years of completed tertiary education in political science, sociology, economics, statistics, business administration, history, humanities, law studies and similar subjects.

In order to be eligible to MAPS, students must thus hold:

Admission to Master Programme is based on qualifications and interviews. Applicants will be selected on the basis of their CV, their English proficiency, two letters of reference and a motivation letter.

English proficiency is a key requirement for admission. Applicants are required to submit an English international language certificate ( i.e. IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge Proficiency, Cambridge English) to demonstrate their level. Candidates who are English native speakers, or have a degree from a university programme entirely taught in English and who have written a thesis in English in such a programme, are exempt from submitting a certificate of English proficiency. Students who cannot produce the required certifications will be admitted under conditions.

Applicants must follow the electronic application process, uploading all relevant documents, a motivation letter and full contacts of two people who will write letters of reference.

The two letters of reference must be sent directly by the referees to maps@carloalberto.org as soon as possible, and in any case no later than one week after the application is filed. Applicants who apply for partial tuition waivers or for scholarships must make sure that their referees send their letters to maps@carloalberto.org within the same deadline as the main application.

Students who have acquired (or are about to acquire) their qualifying degree (second cycle degree or one-long cycle degree) in a country other than Italy can apply on the basis of certificates in the original language provided this is English, French, German or Spanish, or translated in Italian or English otherwise.

Short listed candidates can be required to have an interview with the Master’s coordinator or members of the Scientific committee (by phone or skype, or at the Collegio if convenient).

Students from outside the EU should be aware that obtaining a student visa is a long process taking between two (at the least) and six or more months. Moreover, in the Summer period consular offices are overflowed with requests from students who intend to study in Italy. Thus we recommend that students who need a visa apply to MAPS well in advance, and certainly no later than the end of May.

Due to the large number of applications we receive, we regret that you will not be contacted unless you are shortlisted.

WHY MAPS

  • it offers deep understanding of the processes of economic and social change in European societies (including demographic and migration trends) in the context of globalization;
  • it sharpens your capacity to analyze global and EU governance in its interchange with national systems of governance;
  • it makes you focus on comparative and international political economy, looking at the interplay between economic, social and political processes;
  • it provides you with thorough expertise in the institutions, actors, processes and content of policymaking in the European Union;
  • it trains you to strong interdisciplinarity and an empirical approach;
  • it involves you in a highly profiled international research community at the Collegio, comprising a dynamic and cosmopolitan research and teaching environment;
  • it provides you with personalized tutoring throughout the whole year spent at the Collegio.

COURSE PROGRAM

Students take all core courses, the module on socioeconomic and demographic change and the methods module. They attend five workshops and write a final Master's paper by September 1st, 2019.

Taught hours are kept to a minimum, although in varying degrees across modules. Most of the hours are made of class discussions and presentations.

Students are also expected to actively attend seminars in politics and society held at the Collegio.

Levelling-up courses, taking place before the beginning of the regular courses, will be offered free of charge to admitted students in the core substantive areas of the MAPS so as to ensure that all students share the same knowledge base.

Introductory courses

RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
Camilla Borgna

INTRODUCTION TO QUALITATIVE METHODS
Teresa Cappiali

INTRODUCTION TO QUANTITATIVE METHODS
Moreno Mancosu

Core courses

Core Courses provide students with the empirical knowledge and interpretative skills necessary to understand and compare European institutions and governance, public and social policies, social changes, global and comparative political economy, and to build connections between democracy, welfare and capitalism.

COMPARATIVE AND PUBLIC POLICY (30 HOURS)
Klaus Armingeon and Camilla Borgna

EUROPEAN GOVERNANCE: THE POLITICS OF EU POLICYMAKING (20 HOURS)
Stefaan De Rynck

POLITICAL DYNAMICS. POPULISM AND THE EU (10 HOURS)
Davide Morisi

SOCIAL CHANGE: THEORIES AND DIMENSIONS (30 HOURS)
Bea Cantillon, Manuela Naldini and Chiara Saraceno

THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF GLOBALIZATION (20 HOURS)
Martin Rhodes

VARIETIES OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM (20 HOURS)
Margarita Estevez-Abe

Topics in socioeconomic and demographic change (60 hours)

This module analyzes changes within family and gender relations, demographic, migration and labour market trends, with a focus on public policies.

POPULATION AND POLICY DYNAMICS (30 HOURS)
Teresa Cappiali and Teresa Martin

SOCIO-ECONOMIC TOPICS (30 HOURS)
Filippo Barbera, Daniela Del Boca, Francesco Ramella and Aron Szekely

Methods for social and policy analysis (70 hours)

The Methods module provide students with the toolbox required to carry out policy oriented analysis, evaluation and research.

METHODS FOR SOCIAL AND POLICY ANALYSIS – part I (20 HOURS)
Davide Morisi

METHODS FOR SOCIAL AND POLICY ANALYSIS – part II (10 HOURS)
Chiara Pronzato

METHODS FOR SOCIAL AND POLICY ANALYSIS – part III (20 HOURS)
Davide Barrera

METHODS FOR SOCIAL AND POLICY ANALYSIS – part IV (10 HOURS)
Claudius Wagemann

METHODS FOR SOCIAL AND POLICY ANALYSIS – part V (10 HOURS)
Aron Szekely

Workshops (50 hours)

Workshops address specific issues in contemporary labour markets, inequality and poverty, global and European economic and social policy, the future of welfare states in the global economy, the role of China in the new political economy, the political economy of East Asia.

CHANGING WELFARE STATES (10 HOURS)
Anton Hemerijck

THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF EAST ASIA (10 HOURS)
Margarita Estevez-Abe

POVERTY AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE IN AFRICA AND LATIN AMERICA (10 HOURS)
Armando Barrientos

SOUTH EUROPEAN WELFARE STATES: THE IMPACT OF THE CRISIS AND POST-CRISIS CHALLENGES (10 HOURS)
Maria Petmesidou 

EUROPEAN COHESION POLICIES AND THE PLACE-BASED APPROACH (10 HOURS)
Fabrizio Barca

THE INSTITUTIONS OF GLOBAL ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE (10 HOURS)
Manuela Moschella

Master's Paper

By the end of 2018, students will have to select a research topic, to be developed under the guidance of a member of the Master’s faculty. Students will be expected to write a final Master’s paper, complying to international scientific standards, by 1st September 2019.

Students who are interested in a more applied track, envisaging a career in the world of practice, may opt for doing an internship instead of writing a Master’s paper. This option must be clearly specified when applying to the programme. MAPS will then use its network to help such students find an internship aligned to individual research and professional expectations, in the private or public sector, in domestic, European or international institutions. The internship, if positively evaluated by the host institution, will substitute the Master’s paper, provided that the candidate submits, within September 1st 2019, a final paper which addresses a policy relevant issue dealt with during the internship, combining knowledge acquired during the courses and the expertise acquired with the internship.

TUTORING
Each student will be granted personalized advice and tutoring by a member of the Collegio community throughout the year, on top of extensive supervision and advice towards the completion of their Master’s paper by a member of the MAPS faculty.

Seminars (Politics & Society)

The programme is complemented by the seminar series in Politics and Society which brings at the Collegio world-class scholars and policymakers.

Placement & Careers

PLACEMENT

Both the Collegio and the University of Torino have a standing tradition in organizing career days, meetings with former Alumni and interviews to facilitate the direct contact between students and perspective employers. All MAPS students will benefit from such available services.

CAREERS

MAPS graduates will master the complexity of European and global social challenges. They may find employment as analysts, project officers or policymakers, in the private and public sector, in applied research, in social research institutions, public administrations, European and international institutions, NGOs. MAPS graduates are fully qualified for starting an academic career in any international academic institution.

Fees & Scholarships

FEES

MAPS tuition fees are set at € 5,000 for 2018/19.

They include the enrolment fee to the University of Turin, the course material, the use of Collegio and University facilities (e.g. library, e-resources), access to on-campus seminars.

Payment is to be made in three instalments:

  • 1st  non-refundable instalment of 10% of the fee within two weeks of admission;
  • 2nd instalment of 50% of the fee within November 2018;
  • 3rd instalment of 40% within January 2019.

Health insurance may be provided free of charge to successful applicants who need that in order to get their visa and are not covered by their own health insurance fund. This is a benefit worth approximately € 600.

A limited number of partial tuition waivers may be available, on a competitive basis, to particularly promising students. The amount of the waiver is determined on a case by case basis. In order to compete for partial tuition waivers the applicant must tick the relevant box in the application form. To secure the waiver the selected students must accept the offer and pay the non-refundable University enrolment fee of € 590 within two weeks of admission.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Applicants are encouraged to apply for external scholarships made available from institutions in their home country or international organizations, including philanthropic institutions. Please be aware that most scholarship opportunities have an early Spring deadline.

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a scholarship programme for foreign students proficient in Italian. Visit the programme website

Collegio Carlo Alberto Scholarships
The Collegio Carlo Alberto may award scholarships and/or tuition waivers to exceptionally promising students who could not otherwise afford participating in the MAPS. The Collegio retains the right not to award some or any of the scholarships. To secure the scholarship and waiver the selected students must accept the offer and pay the non-refundable University enrolment fee (€ 590) within two weeks of admission.

ENROLMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TURIN

In order to enrol at the University of Turin, admitted students must bring with them, upon arriving in Turin at the beginning of the programme, various documents.

STUDENTS WHO STUDIED IN ITALY

Students who have acquired their qualifying University degree (laurea specialistica or laurea quadriennalein Italy must bring a certificato di laurea con voti in originale (in carta libera).

STUDENTS WHO STUDIED OUTSIDE ITALY

Students who have acquired their qualifying University degree (second cycle degree or one-long cycle degreein a country other than from Italy must bring with them the following documents:

  • Original of their degree and its official translation in Italian, certified by the competent Italian diplomatic authorities (Embassies and Consulates) of the country in which the degree was awarded. (Such authorities generally provide a list of official translators.)
  • Declaration of value (in Italian: Dichiarazione di Valore in loco), issued by the competent Italian diplomatic authorities (Embassies and Consulates) of the country in which the degree was awarded. It is an official document written in Italian that provides a short description of the degree.
  • Original transcript of records including details about passed exams, duration of the courses in hours and final evaluation for each of them and the whole length of the first degree. This can be replaced by the Diploma Supplement. If the original transcript of records or the Diploma Supplement is issued in a language other than English, French, German or Spanish, an official translation in Italian, certified by the competent Italian diplomatic authorities (Embassies and Consulates) of the country in which the degree was awarded must be provided.

PRATICAL INFORMATION

The Collegio Carlo Alberto staff is available to support admitted students in dealing with main practical issues (visas, documents, accommodation, use of facilities). Please contact: maps@carloalberto.org

LIFE IN TORINO

Turin is one of the main university towns in Italy, hosting both the Università degli Studi and the Politecnico and you will easily access everything that is normally needed for student life. 

You can easily move around using public transport or various bike, motorbike and car sharing services.

Turin is less chaotic than other Italian towns and it is considered a “green” city, thanks to its many parks. It is culturally attractive and vibrant thanks to its modern and interactive museums and other cultural institutions.

After considering the cost of your particular Master program and evaluating the possibility of receiving a scholarship or a loan, it is necessary to understand the economic commitment that living in Torino will bring.

An indication of costs.

  • Single room in shared apartment from € 250, all costs included
  • Studio from € 450, all costs included
  • Food € 250
  • Transport € 38 (monthly bus fare)
  • TOTAL monthly expenditure: starting from approx. € 600

Compared to other Italian cities

  • Milan    € 1.200,00
  • Rome   € 1.100,00
  • Bologna  € 900,00

After the enrollment the secretariat will provide you with some useful contacts to start house hunting in Torino.