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AY 2021-2022

Within the activities offered by Arts and Humanities, Bocconi University gives students the opportunity to deepen topics related to contemporary geopolitics, thanks to courses and seminars realized in collaboration with ISPI. 

The agreement with ISPI allows Bocconi students to approach to the knowledge of geopolitical dynamics of the current international scenario. 

The Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), founded in 1934, is one of the most prestigious Italian study and research center, focused on geopolitical and global political-economic trends analysis

Find out the opportunities reserved to Bocconi students for a.y. 2021-2022.

1st semester

Winter School ISPI (reserved to undergraduate students)

Bocconi University and ISPI School offer a number of Winter School on contemporary geopolitics topics, that take place during the weekend with an intense mode format.

This semester courses will be delivered online on Friday and Saturday from 9am to 6:30 pm and will be offered in Italian. 

For the full list and further information visit this webpage: unibocconi.it/convenzioneispi

Round out your knowledge   Geopolitics

Workshop: “Understanding the World Around You”

The workshop “Understanding the World Around You” will offer students the opportunity to be informed and debate some of the key issues in contemporary geopolitics through the lens provided by relevant international sources of information (press and TV). Topics will cover the main events of the week ranging from relations between traditional and emerging powers to global and regional trends and war and peace.

The approach will be more journalistic than academic: we will start from the latest news on international relations and geopolitics, moving from hard news - the need to be informed now on what is going on - to slow news - the need to get deeper into the event, analyzing it why it happened and its possible effects.

The workshop will allow students to:
• expand their knowledge on international relations and geopolitics,
• go through the most important breaking news of the week or of the day,
• develop their critical and analytical capacities on reading the news,
• share their ideas and join in with active discussions.
Before the scheduled appointments on Wednesday, students will be invited to keep up with the international news on an agreed subject.

Wednesday 10 -17 - 24 November, 18.30-20.00
Wednesday 1 December, 18.30-20.00

Ugo Tramballi is ISPI Senior Advisor in charge of the Institute’s India Desk. A veteran journalist, he joined the Metropolitan section of “Il Giornale” in 1976. He served as the newspaper’s Middle East correspondent in Beirut from 1983 to ’87 with war correspondences from Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and extensive coverage in India and Pakistan. He was Moscow correspondent from 1987 to ’91 and then Global Correspondent and columnist with the Italian Economic newspaper “Il Sole 24 Ore”.

Teaching mode: in-distance learning

Registrations: through yoU@B ("supplementary activity" widget) from 14/10 to 4/11.

Green Transition (reserved to graduate students)

Designing a path towards the green transition

In August 2021 the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) "The Physical Science Basis.

The picture outlined by scientists is alarming as changes in Earth's climate have been detected in every region and throughout the entire climate system. Many of these changes are unprecedented in thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of years, and some of those that are already occurring - such as continued sea level rise - are irreversible in hundreds or thousands of years.
Even the language used, which has always been rather cautious over the years, is now catastrophic. It speaks of devastating effects and explains how, even in the face of a massive reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the impacts on ecosystems and biodiversity, as well as on humans, will still be devastating. And, indeed, increases the dose saying that "Life on Earth can recover in case of massive climate change, evolving into new species and creating new ecosystems. But for humanity, this is not possible."
The report is a firm starting point for delegates at the Glasgow COP, as the Ipcc confirmed that exceeding the 1.5-degree Celsius threshold of global average temperature increase between now and 2100, compared to pre-industrial levels, the consequences will be "progressively severe, will persist for centuries, and in some cases will be irreversible." In fact, the 2015 Paris Agreement indicates 2 degrees as the limit, while calling for staying "as close as possible to 1.5.

According to World Meteorological Organization forecasts, we have a 40% chance of exceeding 1.5 degrees. In fact, at current rates, we are heading straight for 3°C. But already at +1.1°C, which is the current increase, the climate is changing. "The worst is in front of us - added the Ipcc - and to pay the consequences, much more than us, will be our children and our grandchildren" in the next 30 years.
Such evidence shows that while we still have a window of opportunity in front of us to act, there is no more room for uncertainty or delay. We have a responsibility to inform ourselves and adopt all the necessary tools to address the ecological and climate crisis.

The course embraces the challenge as an opportunity and aims to offer trainees the chance to build an academic background as cross-cutting as are the tools to address the ongoing ecological and climate crisis.

Teaching mode: in distance learning


5-7-14-28 October, 5-7:15 pm

2-4-9 November, 5-7:15 pm

Date (5 pm 7:15 pm)
The ecological and climate crisis: impacts, solutions and opportunities to undertake the "Just Transition"
Valeria Barbi
The ongoing ecological crisis: from biodiversity loss to the degradation of ecosystem services
Valeria Barbi
Climate Change negotiation process: towards the Cop26
Valeria Barbi talks with Federico Brocchieri, author of “Climate negotiations. History, dynamics and future of the climate change agreements”
Water resources and climate change: our Blue Planet is burning
Valeria Barbi talks with Mariasole Bianco, President of WorldRise and author of “Planet Ocean”
Participatory processes and citizen science: how to involve citizens and stakeholders in paths related to climate and sustainability
Valeria Barbi
Communicating climate change: a proper storytelling is the first step toward a solution
Valeria Barbi talks with Tommaso Perrone, Environmental Journalist and Director of LifeGate
Agenda 2030, EU Green Deal and Fit for 55: perspectives and challenges of the new international legislative framework
Valeria Barbi

Coordinator: VALERIA BARBI

Policy and natural scientist. Valeria Barbi works as Environmental Projects Coordinator and Science Communication Specialist. She has more than 10 years of experience on lecturing about the relationship between man and nature in the Anthropocene, the ecological and climate crisis, climate change, ecological transition, sustainability, natural resources conservation and environmental protection (e.g ISPI, Politecnico di Milano and Bocconi University, and national and international conferences). She collaborates with magazines and journals and carries out consulting and scientific content management activities for national and international platforms. She has a wide experience on citizens engagement practices (e.g. citizen science activities) and stakeholder engagement on environment, sustainability, conservation and climate change.

The course is reserved to Bocconi students who are enrolled for AY 2021-22 in a graduate program.

Call for applications nr 1 for curricular supplementary activities.

Further information on registrations and creteria of assignment are available here: enhancing Experience - Curricular supplementary activities

9.3 ENHANCING EXPERIENCE - Curricular Supplementary Activities: choice, assignment and placement in the Program Structure


Live attendance to at least 80% of all lectures is a precondition to take the final test.
Passing the test gives students access to 2 CFU.

2nd semester

China (reserved to graduate students)

China, new economic, political and financial power

When: February/March 2022


  1. China, a new economic and political power: introduction
  2. Finance at the heart of the Belt and Road Initiative
  3. China, a new financial power?
  4. The long hand of Chinese loans abroad and the mounting ‘debt trap’
  5. The renminbi in foreign and commodity trade: financial and political implications
  6. The e-RMB: China's great financial leap into the 21st century

 Instructor: Alessia Amighini, Co-Head of Asia Centre and Senior Associate Research Fellow at ISPI 

Deatailed timetable and further information will be made available starting from January 2022.

Global Cities (reserved to graduate students)

When: April 2022

Deatailed timetable and program will be made available starting from February 2022.

Summer School ISPI (reserved to graduate students)

When: May  July 2022

All Summer School courses will be offered in Italian. 

Further information will be made available in March/April 2022

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