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.

Applications for the 2020 Summer School will open in March.

Programme 2020

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 2020, from 13th to 31st, for a total of 60 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.

Global change and sustainability - 4 hrs

Prof. Stefano Soriani, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Global change and sustainability 

  • Changing attitudes towards the environment: when/how “the environment became global”
  • Sustainable development: concepts and principles
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • The Agenda 2030 

The Economics of Globalization - 4 hrs

Prof. Giancarlo Corò, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

The Economics of Globalization

  • 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

International Law and Globalization - 4 hrs

Prof. Fabrizio Marrella, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

International Law and Globalization

  • 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) 

Energy scenarios and Geopolitics of energy - 4 hrs

Margherita Bianchi and Nicolò Sartori, Istituto Affari Internazionali

Energy scenarios and Geopolitics of energy

  • The energy transition: understanding a world in transformation
  • Geopolitics of RES: why are renewables revolutionary 
  • Key actors and hot spots 
  • Role of Europe on the global stage: climate and energy diplomacy

Leadership and Management - 4 hrs

Prof. Andrea Pontiggia, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Leadership and Management 

  • 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

Climate Change and International Policies - 4 hrs

Prof.ssa Enrica De Cian, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Climate Change and International Policies

  • Climate Change: introduction to the basic science
  • Climate trends and policy scenarios from the IPCC
  • Climate policies and international negotiations

Globalization and Migration - 4 hrs

Dr. Teresa Randazzo, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Globalization and Migration 

  • 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?

Global Finance - 4 hrs

Loriana Pellizzon, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Topics coming soon.

Military power and International relations - 4 hrs

Dr Francesco Zampieri, Naval College

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

Staff and Communication skills - 4 hrs

Dr. Stefano Crementieri, Naval College

Staff and Communication skills

  • 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

Country profile workshop

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).


Shared accommodation is available at a student residence in Venice's city centre on request. Further details on how to book will be available in early 2020.

Last update: 15/01/2020