World-Class Learning

Teaching methods

Students will take part in interactive lessons, based on flipped classrooms, regulatory clinics, as well as in-class experiments and exercises.
Attendance and active participation in class are mandatory. Failure to comply with this rule compromises the students’ chances of participating in internships.
The evaluation of in-class activities contributes to increasing the final mark. Moreover, the final exam might consist of a simple oral question for those who have achieved 18 points or more thanks to the in-class activities.

Regulatory clinics 

  • A Regulatory clinic is based on the exercises performed during the study visits to the Italian Senate and to the Chamber of Deputies. Here students are confronted with specific problems related to law-making (e.g. drafting, or consistency of a given rule with European or constitutional principles). These activities are currently suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • This year a Regulatory clinic consists in participating in real consultation processes. For instance, in 2017, all students were asked to answer the on-line consultation launched by the Italian Senate concerning draft Guidelines for Consultation. In 2018/19, students were asked and supported with regard to answering two public consultations launched by the Ministry for infrastructures and transport on public procurement.
  • Another Regulatory Clinic is devoted to legal drafting led by Elena Griglio, senior Parliamentary Officer.
  • A further clinic is based on document analysis. Students organised in small groups can critically analyse an operational document, such as an Impact Assessment, a Judgment or an advice of the Regulatory Scrutiny Board. The documents and their critical appraisal organised through slideshow will be further discussed in class. The presentation will last a maximum of 15 minutes
    • These exercises are graded 0-5 points each

Cognitive experiments

  • Prof. Rizzolli will address the experimental methodology in decision-making, involving students in designing and performing in-class experiments. 
    • The participation to experiments can be graded 0-3 points

In-class exercises 

  • Sometimes, at the end of a class, students are asked to fill a "3-Minute Paper". It is a classroom assessment technique: within 3-5 minute, students must organize their thinking on the class’ major points. The exact questions to be addressed in the paper can be changed. The 3- minute paper is not a simple list of topics covered during class but it must be a concise summary of the class itself. See here both 0-point 3-Minute Papers and "3-point" 3-minute Papers.
    • The 3-minute paper is graded 0-3 points
  • Half an hour before the class ends, students could be exposed to written questions or asked to solve problems related to major class topics. These exercises will be sent by e-mail (or uploaded on google classroom) and must be sent back within 30 mins.
    • These exercises are graded 0-5 points

Flipped classrooms

  • Flipped classrooms are intended to improve the ability to interact in interdisciplinary groups and to clearly expose the learning outcomes. Students are organised in small groups where they can prepare a presentation on a paper chosen from a list provided in advance. They have to write a short report and present it in class. The report should be of a maximum of two pages (6000/8000 characters), structured as follows: 1) research question/s, 2) summary of the conclusions, 3) personal observations. The reports must be sent before the discussion, along with a slideshow to be uses for the in-class presentation, which will last a maximum of 15 minutes.
    • This exercise is graded 0-10 points