Information on the exam


The exam has the same content both for students attending the course and for students not attending classes. Students attending the course have the advantage of having more time between the two parts of the exam (the first part can be taken during the course). Moreover, they can obtain a “bonus” of up to 3 points for class attendance and participation to debates.

The first part of the exam (to be done in class in two hours), covers the whole programme until Week 7, and consists of:

  • 10 “short” questions (3-5 lines for each answer)
  • 2 “long” questions (between ¾ and one page for each answer; two questions to choose out of three)

The second part of the exam, which covers the whole programme, consists of a paper (home assignment) that you will have to write according to the following instructions:

  • maximum 4,000 words (title, abstract, keywords and bibliography included)
  • use an author-year reference format (APA, Harvard, Chicago, etc.)
  • the paper must have:
    • title
    • abstract (maximum 200 words)
    • from 3 to 5 keywords
    • at least 4 sections (introduction and conclusion included), each one with its title
    • a list of references
  • the paper must be submitted as a document (*.odt, *.doc, *.docx) or as a pdf
  • the submitted file should be named as follows: “SURNAME NAME − INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC POLICIES PAPER − PAPER NUMBER #”
  • the paper should be sent to the professor (, cc’ing before the deadline:
    • students attending classes will receive the titles in the last week of the course and they will have 8 days to submit the paper
    • students taking the exam in the following sessions should write, at least nine days before the written exam, to the professor (, cc’ing, asking for the titles of the paper, which will have to be submitted the day before the written exam by 1pm.

IMPORTANT: all papers will be checked with anti-plagiarism software. Check this web page to find out what constitutes plagiarism.

Students taking the mid-term exam during the course must hand in the final paper by the first exam session in January. After that session, they will have to take the entire exam.



Besides the grade obtained from averaging the marks of the two parts of the exam, up to three points can be achieved by students who will participate to debates and presentations. These will be held in six seminar sessions reserved to students attending classes.

Each presentation must be based on the readings listed in the syllabus. These readings must also be integrated with additional material (e.g. academic articles, research notes, newspapers articles). The aim of the debate is to present and critically discuss specific case studies, and proposing possible policy recommendations to be implemented. The debate between groups should be mainly focused on these recommendations.

In Debate 3 (“The Euro Crisis”) each student will present and critically discuss one of the recommended articles listed in the syllabus.

Each student can obtain up to 3 points that will contribute to the final grade depending on:

  • Class attendance (up to 1 point);

  • Slide show presentation (up to 1 point);

  • Oral presentation (up to 1 point).



Students who want to obtain additional points but could not sign up for any presentation can write a short paper about one of the topics that will be debated in class.  Students must communicate the topic they have chosen to the professor (, cc’ing by 25 September. The deadline for handing in the paper (by email, to the addresses above) will be 11am of the day of the presentation.

The paper must identify the question or problem chosen by the student (preferably on a recent or actual empirical case) and a series of policy recommendations on how to deal with it. Like for class presentations, sources must not be limited to the course’s literature. All sources must be listed at the end of the paper. The length must be between 1,500 and 2,000 words, all included.



Students who take the mid-term exam during the class will have to hand in the paper by the first session of January 2017. In future sessions, they will have to take the whole exam. The points obtained with class presentations and participation will no longer be included in the final assessment after the winter session.

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