Global Studies

Globalization is producing a growing interdependence of states, economies, societies, cultures, and people. The 2nd International Summer School in Global Studies focuses on globally shared issues such as global economies and inequalities, major trends that affect contemporary geopolitics and geo-economy, development and the environment from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

Programme details for 2020 will be available in January 2020.

Programme 2019

Through lectures and seminars, students will acquire the knowledge and competencies for understanding the complexity of today’s global system and its main implications for economic governance and policy. Moreover, a module on Leadership and Management, and a multidisciplinary laboratory on staff and communication skills will allow participants to become familiar with the most effective approaches to conflict management and leadership dynamics.

The Summer School also focuses on the most important economic and political implications of climate change and increasing migration flows, on both a regional and global scale. Finally, the School includes a “Country profile workshop”, where participants are required to actively participate in the analysis of the physical, political, economic and military profile of a Country of their choice.

Programme Director

Prof. Stefano Soriani

The teaching staff includes lecturers from Ca’ Foscari University and the Maritime Military Studies Institute of the Italian Military Navy.

Dates and schedule

Lessons and workshops are scheduled over 3 weeks in July 2019, from 1st to 19th, for a total of 64 contact hours, amounting to 12 university credits to be recognized by the participants’ home university.

Course contents

Prerequisites: a background in the topics is not necessary, but a basic knowledge of economics (high school level) is assumed.

Geopolitics and Geoeconomy - 6 hrs

Prof. Stefano Soriani, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Globalization, new economic geography, and sustainability

  • Connectivity as the new geographical paradigm? The case of OBOR
  • Globalization and sustainability: the UN SDGs
  • The evolution of the North-South divide, the new “global South” and the new economic geography
  • Contesting vision on globalization in a geographical perspective: the Hyperglobalists, the Skepticals, the Transformationalists

The Economics of Globalization - 6 hrs

Prof. Giancarlo Corò, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Global economy: causes, gains and losses

  • Global economy: an historical perspective
  • The Big Push and the Scale economy of Knowledge
  • Trade, Global Value Chains, Digital Networks
  • Convergence, Divergence, and Inequalities
  • Does Protectionism help the poorest?
  • What way forward?

 Global economy and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

  • The World is not flat: Innovation hubs and the Places that don’t matter
  • Capitalism without capital: Firms and human capital on the move
  • In search of the fittest Ecosystems
  • Genius Loci in the Knowledge Economy
  • Creating Shared Value: Firms, University, and Society

International Law and Globalization - 4 hrs

Prof. Fabrizio Marrella, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

  • Sources, Actors and Dispute Settlement inContemporary International Law
  • The Law of Treaties 
  • The EU Institutional architecture
  • EU Policies in a globalized world (Capita selecta) 

Introduction to Micro and Macroeconomics - 6 hrs

Dott. Francesco Caloia,Ca' Foscari University of Venice


  • Theory for producers and consumers
  • Market equilibrium


  • Models for the national product
  • IS/LM, AS/AD
  • Inflation and unemployment

Leadership and Management - 4 hrs

Prof. Andrea Pontiggia, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

  • Cultures and Management: models to make sense of cultural similarities in the economic and managerial perspectives
  • Leadership in different organizational context: convergence or divergence
  • Experiences from the Emerging Economies: the integration efforts, behavioral reciprocity and economic complementarities

Globalization, Climate Change and International Policies - 4 hrs

Prof.ssa Enrica De CianDr. Marinella Davide, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

  • Climate Change: introduction to the basic science
  • Climate trends and policy scenarios from the IPCC
  • Climate policies and international negotiations
  • Mitigation and adaptation policy, energy transition scenarios

Globalization and Migration - 4 hrs

Dr. Teresa Randazzo, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

  • The main migration and remittance flows
  • Who migrate and who remit?
  • The impact of migration on origin and destination countries.
  • Do migration promote growth and development?

Military power and International relations - 4 hrs

Dr Francesco Zampieri, Naval College

The impact of military power on International Relations

  • Military Power in the XXI Century: an overview of the military balance in some theatres and of fifth generation warfare (insurgent warfare, hybrid warfare, asymmetric warfare)

Sea Power as a key factor in the “Blue Century”

  • Elements of Sea Power in the XXIst Century
  • Evolution of the Naval Power
  • New concepts in the Naval Strategy

Staff and Communication skills - 6 hrs

Dr. Stefano Crementieri, Naval College

  • General aspects on communication
  • Business writing
  • Public speaking
  • Negotiation principles (Harvard Negotiation Project)
  • Practice exercises

Country profile workshop - 20 hrs

Dr. Francesco Zampieri, Naval College

Participants will analyze the physical, political, economic and military profile of the Country selected, focusing the power’s elements and the critical issues, the relations with the other Countries of the area and the possible geopolitical evolution. The output of this analysis will be a paper of 10 pp. focused on a country or an area of interest. The paper will analyze the impact of the physical, political, economic and military dimension. The sources for the application will be the contents of the lesson, the studies and the books of the Library of the Naval Staff College and the internet (a list of the sites of interests will be presented to the students).


Venice: the beauty, history and magic of the city provide a unique setting. Classes will be held in the majestic buildings of the Arsenale of Venice, at the Italian Military Navy base (base della Marina Militare).


Shared accommodation in Venice's city centre at a student residence (shared double or triple room) can be reserved through the SIE. Students will be required to contact the accommodation provider for confirmation and payment following programme confirmation. For specific needs or requests please let us know well in advance; requests may incur additional costs. 

  • €38 double or triple room per night
  • €40 single room per night

Reservations will be made for check-in on the Sunday before the programme starts, and check-out the Saturday after the programme finishes. Please note that prices are approximate and will be confirmed once the booking has been reserved.

Last update: 04/12/2019