Elective courses

During their BA in Political Science, students have to take 12 ects in elective courses. It is possible to choose among different options provided by the University, included language courses/ assessments, as long as consistent with students’ study plan.

As a general rule, students should pay attention to the following criteria:

  1. Normally, if a course is offered by the Faculty of Political, Economic and Social Sciences (SPES), it is not necessary to obtain any authorisation (see, however, points 4 and 5). You may even choose MA courses, but in that event you are strongly encouraged to contact professors in advance, and check with them if specific skills are required in order to attend the course or take the exam.
  2. If a course is offered by another Faculty, students should write to spo@unimi.it to be sure that these exams can be considered consistent with their study plans. Usually, if it is a course in humanities, there are no issues arising (exceptions made for points 4 and 5); to avoid the risk of taking exams that can’t be recognized as elective courses, students are strongly encouraged to contact the tutors in advance.
  3. Students are allowed to choose language courses/assessments only if the proficiency level is higher than a) the level already required by SPO study plan and b) the level that students have already achieved by taking other elective courses. For instance, since “Language in Politics” is a B2-level course, students can obtain elective ects only with C1-level knowledge English courses/assessments. However, if a student has already taken “Advanced Foreign Language: Anglo-American” (C1), she will not be allowed to choose another C1 English course/assessment. If a student has taken the French language assessment (B1), she will be allowed to choose only B2-level French courses/assessments; if she has taken another language assessment, she will be allowed to choose also a B1-level French course/assessment. This rule applies to all languages taught in the Faculty.
  4. Students are not allowed to take elective courses that are relevantly comparable to courses already included in SPO study plan, whether they are offered by SPES Faculty or by other Faculties. For instance, it is not possible to choose “Sistemi sociali comparati” from SIE, because it is comparable to “Sociology”. Likewise, it is not possible to take “Sistemi politici e amministrativi” from MAP and LAM or “‘Politica, istituzioni e sviluppo’” from GLO, because they are analogous to “Political Science”. Analogously, students enrolled at SPO are not allowed to take “Istituzioni di diritto pubblico e privato” from LAM because they already have to take “Public Law” and “Private Law”. The same goes for “Storia del mondo contemporaneo” from GLO, because it is comparable to “Contemporary History”.
  5. This rule applies also to the exams offered during the 1st and the 2nd year of SPO, i.e. students can’t take the Italian version of a course they are already taking in English (and vice versa). The general and basic rule is that students are not allowed to choose elective courses that replicate contents already included in their study plan (even if programmes and materials are different).  When in doubt, students should first write to spo@unimi.it

Find your own elective course making the appropriate query in the university portal.

We suggest to find a course – in English or Italian – offered in English by the Faculty of Political, Economic and Social sciences. However, we discourage you from choosing courses offered by the MA in  “Economics and political science” (EPS), “Economics and Finance” (MEF), “Management iof Innovation and Entrepreneurship” (MIE), and “Data Science for Economics” (DSE), for which it is normallty required  the completion of SPO Politics & economics before.

It is a good practice to check with the instructor if the required competences fits with your preparation.