Global Studies

Globalization is producing a growing interdependence of states, economies, societies, cultures, and people. The 3rd 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.

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. 

Programme 2022

The Summer School focuses on the most important economic, environmental and political implications of globalization.

The 2022 program will cover significant topics such as globalization and sustainable development, global finance, international relations and law, climate change and international policies, military power, global food systems and sustainability. 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.

Finally, students will have the opportunity to attend a “Country profile workshop”, where they will be required to actively participate in the analysis of the physical, political, economic and military profile of a Country of their choice.

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

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 between July and August 2022, from July 18th to August 5th, for a total of 60 contact hours, amounting to 12 university credits to be recognized by the participants’ home university. 

Course contents

Prof. Stefano Soriani, Ca' Foscari University of Venice 

  • Conflicting visions and perspectives on globalization
  • Globalization and the emerging of the “global environment” in public attitudes and perception
  • Sustainable development: key principles of a contested conceptual terrain
  • Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 

Giancarlo Corò, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

  • Global economy: an historical perspective
  • Trade, Global Value Chains, Digital Networks. Convergence, Divergence, and Inequalities. Does Protectionism help the poorest?
  • 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

Fabrizio Marrella, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

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

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

Enrica De Cian, 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
  • The energy transition: understanding a world in transformation
  • Role of Europe on the global stage: climate and energy diplomacy

Animesh Gain, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

  • Conflicts and governance in water geopolitics: a global perspective
  • Water diplomacy framework 
  • Mutual gain negotiations

Annalisa Colombino, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

  • Geographies of food production and consumption: a global perspective
  • The unsustainability of the current food system
  • Future scenarios for sustainable food and agriculture
  • Sustainability through science, eating practices and agroecology

Stefano Colonnello and Michele Costola, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

  • The global financial system: flows and main actors
  • The banking system and its transformation in recent decades
  • Recent financial crisis, causes and effects
  • Socially responsible investments, and principles and foundations of ESG
  • Fintech

      Francesco Zampieri, Naval College

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

      Luca Pegoraro, Naval College

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

      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 at Ca' Foscari University in the city centre, and in the majestic buildings of the Arsenale of Venice, at the Italian Military Navy base (base della Marina Militare).

      Fees and applications


      Fees for the full 3 weeks cost €800. Programme fees cover all instruction, student administration (including the issue of a final transcript) and orientation. All participants will have access to the University Wifi network in all University buildings (including at the libraries and the cafeterias).

      A discount of €100 is offered to students coming from our Partner Institutions.


      Applications for the Summer 2022 edition are closed.

      Following your application we will send you an email to confirm you have been successfully pre-enrolled in your selected programme, and following the application deadline we will contact you with details on how to confirm your enrolment through payment. Applications will be open until April 25th, 2022.

      Please read the Summer@SIE application Call for further details and policies, and for an overview of all our Summer programmes. We look forward to having you with us this summer!

      Withdrawal policy

      Following enrolment confirmation, students can withdraw from the program with reimbursement up until May 31st. The School will deduct €240 from the enrolment fee for administration purposes.


      Accommodation is available at two University student residences in Venice's city centre on request. For more information on policies and how to reserve rooms, please contact the residences directly via email specifying you will be a Summer School student at our university.

      Camplus Santa Marta

      • €40 shared accommodation in a double room (private bathroom + kitchenette)
      • €60 accommodation in a single room (private bathroom + kitchenette) - subject to availability

      Breakfast is included in the fee. The residence also has a fitness room and a laundry room. Contact:

      DoveVivo San Giobbe

      • Including breakfast:

        • €42 shared accommodation in a double room (private bathroom)
        • €57 accommodation in a single room (private bathroom)

      • Without breakfast:

        • €37 shared accommodation in a double room (private bathroom)
        • €52 accommodation in a single room (private bathroom)

      In order to be guaranteed the reduced rate for Summer School students, students need to book accommodation at DoveVivo within a month before classes start (June 18th). Contact: (please ensure you specify the name of the Summer School)


      Last update: 01/02/2023