Political Science Study Abroad Opportunities

In conjunction with the UNM Global Education Office (GEO), we are proud to announce the continuation of our Italian study abroad program, led by Lucio Lanucara. Students must apply to the program through GEO and can do so here: Application and Program Details.

Please direct questions to Lucio Lanucara.

Infosession: Friday, February 17th at 3:00 pm at Mesa Vista Hall, room 3097.

European and Mediterranean Policy Strategies - POLS 340.007 (CRN: 59903)
May 16 – June 2, 2023, with LUISS University (Rome and Bari, Italy)

For thousands of years the Mediterranean has almost always been front and center in times of political strife and cooperation. Today, issues such as the Arab Spring and the ensuing turmoil in Northern Africa and the Middle East, the migrant crisis, economic development and climate change concerns make the area once again central to international affairs.

And for decades Italy has been the epicenter of European strategic approaches to the Mediterranean, both because of its economic and cultural ties and because of the direct effects of migration, which is central to the interaction between the South and the North shores of the region.

In this course we will explore these issues through a 3-week program “on the ground” in Rome, the capital of Italy and a center of European Union institutions and think tanks specializing in Mediterranean issues, and Bari, the capital of Puglia, a Southern Italian region which has been particularly involved in cultural and commercial exchanges within the Mediterranean. The program is developed in cooperation with LUISS University, a UNM partner in Italy and a leading institution of political and economic studies. This is a 3 credit hours course.

We will alternate in-class sessions at the beautiful LUISS campus located in the upscale Parioli district of Rome with meetings with Italian Government and International Organization officers, Mediterranean Affairs scholars and other experts and institutions, historic and cultural sites in Rome and Bari. Those activities will be held Monday to Thursday, giving students time on the other days to visit the host cities, as well as other parts of Italy and its beautiful beaches.

Students will acquire a first-hand understanding of the complex strategic policy issues concerning North-South relations in the Mediterranean, while immersed in the Italian culture and its architectural and natural beauty. The accompanying UNM faculty is a native of Rome who has worked and lived in Rome and Puglia for years, enabling him to provide advice and assistance to students beyond the academic component of the trip.

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