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Economics and International Cooperation for Sustainable Development

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What is the objective of the course? What is it?
What does it train you for?

The Degree Course in Economics and International Cooperation for Sustainable Development is offered to young people interested in issues of economic, political-institutional and social development, according to an innovative multidisciplinary approach. The far-reaching economic, social and demographic changes of today’s societies and, more recently, of the European Union require the training of versatile professionals who –by learning cross-sectoral skills– are able to work in multidisciplinary and multilingual contexts at local, national and international levels. The knowledge and skills acquired are necessary to address issues and decisions in the fields of economic development, socio-economic dualism, international cooperation and migration. The Course has an important international vocation, highlighted by several agreements with European universities and a didactic partnership with Trinity University in San Antonio Texas (USA). It is unique in Sicily and Southern Italy and one of the very few at national level. The course consists of two curricula: "Development and Cooperation" and "Migration Studies". The first year has the same disciplines for both curricula. In the second year, the students of Migration Studies explore the topic of migration by participating in specific activities and courses in English, acquiring a set of knowledge useful for understanding one of the phenomena that places Italy among the most important players in the Mediterranean scenario.

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What do you learn?

The Course is designed to provide the student with multidisciplinary knowledge and skills required in the field of economics, social sciences, demography and ethno-anthropological sciences. The student is encouraged to develop his/her knowledge of: • the dynamics of development processes and economic convergence through the study of economics; • the processes of social relations through the anthropological, sociological, historical and demographic disciplines; • the main concepts of the legal disciplines, with reference to supranational law; • the social, economic, methodological and statistical tools of inquiry; • the essential aspects of self-entrepreneurship useful for the planning of European and international projects. The Migration Studies curriculum offers specific insights into migration flows and the problems of integrating foreign citizens, as well as insights into the economic and political aspects of integration. The program also focuses on understanding the realities of underdevelopment, the problems of economic growth and sustainable development, anti-poverty policies and the processes of modelling, democratization, globalization, and international regulation. A mandatory internship plays an important role in the student’s educational process.

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What can you do with it?

Graduates can work as: • Project Managers for Cooperation and Development; • Local Development Agents – Community Managers; • Fundraisers; • Startup Managers – Social Innovation Entrepreneurs; Graduates can also access the following UNIPA Master Degree Courses: • Cooperation and Development (LM-81), for those interested in topics related to cooperation and development; • Economics and Financial Sciences (LM-56) for those who want to expand their knowledge in economics; • Other Master Degrees.