Study trip - Master Governing the Large Metropolis
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Master 1 : to discover a Large Metropolis outside Europe
Between the first and the second semester, GLM students go to a large metropolis to develop a collective inquiry. Each year a specific research question shapes the choices of site visits, meetings, interviews, observations, data collection and encounters.
The main goal of the study trip is to collect data for a collective report on the governance dynamics of a large metropolis
The study trip is prepared in the first semester by conferences with scholars and practitioners coming from the metropolis it will be visited. A special syllabus is provided, including scientific papers organised by policy sectors, history books, a filmography and several excellent novels. A method for exploring the metropolis is developed. Before the study trip, special interactive sessions are organised to discuss local habits, issue related to professional behaviour and safety in a collective inquiry. Discussions and feedback are designed to support skills relative to the political inquiry, and how to ask sensitive questions in critical, contentious, political environments.
During the study trip the students work all together or divide by team, all day long to collect qualitative and quantitative data, debriefing late in the evening about evidence, interpretations, difficulties, contrasting feelings. Meetings with policy makers, corporate executives, community leaders and other actors are planned in advanced. Downtown and suburbs are covered trying to grasp at best the metropolitan dimension and tensions related to multilevel governance.
Here you can see a short video presenting the logic and the activities of the study trip in Manila.
In the second semester, GLM students decide the Report’s Table of contents and then work by team to assure the writing of the chapters, maps, charts and infographics, sketches and the layout of the book. Each year the editorial board is constituted only by students and the academic team assures tutoring and feedbacks. After the publication, the GLM Study Trip Report is presented by the students in a public seminar, discussed by scholars, civil servants from the pertinent Embassy, practitioners.
Please, feel free to download the books realized by the students.
GLM Study Trip Report Collection: