The general aim of this programme is to provide students with the necessary body of knowledge for understanding political, institutional, economic, social and organisational dynamics of contemporary societies. To this end, the programme focuses on the theoretical and methodological tools for analysing and interpreting formal rules and regulations (institutions) and decision-making processes in contemporary political systems, as they have evolved historically and cross-nationally. Particular attention is given to the study of organisations that operate within a broader national or supranational institutional framework, i.e. firms, public organisations, political parties, interest groups, associations of public importance. This programme provides students with basic training in the fundamental subject areas of the social sciences – law, economics, political science, sociology and history –meeting the interdisciplinary requirements that characterises the Political Sciences and International Relations class. The programme also provides for specific in-depth study of organisational dynamics and public administration, which are the core curriculum subject areas of the governance and organisation sciences programme.