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International tracks for international undergraduate students 2018-19

There are 3 tracks, and each has 3/4 obligatory classes and several options.
  • 1) English Track– all classes in English (for level A1/A2/B1.1 students)
  • 2) Mixed Track – most classes in English but one or two in French (for level B1.2/ B2.1 students)
  • 3)French Track – most classes in French (for level B2.2/C1/C2 students)

VERY IMPORTANT: The track that you are placed in depends on your level of French (certified by you on registration). 

Please do not exaggerate your level of French as the classes in French (CMs, CSs and CFs) are DIFFICULT to follow. 

B2.2 is the passport to track 3 – track 3 means you study a seminar in French (large quantities of intellectual content in French with French students + debates, exams, papers, summaries).  So if you are B2.2 or above, but don’t want to study seminars in French, tick the box “track 2”.  

In track 2, your seminar is in English (CMINT) but you still have 2 seminars with other international students: ‘Français pour les sciences sociales’, and ‘France, Etat, Société, Institutions’ and can choose CF and CS (lectures) in French too in which you are mixed with French students.

If you are here for a year, you can, on request, move from track 2 to track 3 in semester 2.

5 ECTS per course, 35 ECTS maximum per student per semester

30 ECTS = CEPSS or COPS certificate

* CEPSS – Certificat d’Etudes Politiques et Sciences Sociales, COPS Certificate of Political Studies

The CEPSS is an undergraduate diploma awarded by Grenoble IEP.  Following European legislation, it benefits from specific (extra) credits for each course.   It is not a national diploma. Students must pass 30 ECTS (obtain more than 10/20 in each course).

 

You will find all the 2017-18 details here:

http://www.sciencespo-grenoble.fr/ang/admission/semester-1/

http://www.sciencespo-grenoble.fr/ang/admission/semester-2/

for 2018-19 most classes will not change

we will try to place you in the CMINT of your choice (the choice on your learning agreement) whenever possible

final 2018-19 classes will be published at the end of the summer break

 

OBLIGATORY CLASSES

 

TRACK 1 Semester 1: English track for international students with A1/A2 or B1.1 French

1/ Seminar: French language class (FLE)

2/ Seminar: France, state, institutions and society (FEIS) – taught in English

3/ Seminar CMINT on an international/comparative politics theme taught in English

+         optional classes in English  to obtain 35 ECTS

TRACK 1 Semester 2: English track for international students with A1/A2 or B1.1 French

1/ Seminar: French language class (FLE)

2/ Seminar: France, state, institutions and society (FEIS) only for S2 students – taught in English

3/ Seminar CMINT on an international/comparative politics theme taught in English

+        optional classes in English to obtain 35 ECTS

 

TRACK 2 Semester 1: Mixed track for international students with B1.2 or B2.1 French

1/ Seminar: Français pour les sciences sociales (FLE) – French language class

2/ Seminar: France, Etat, institutions et société (FEIS) – taught in French

3/ Seminar CMINT on an international/comparative politics theme – taught in English

4/ CS INT:  La France et les questions internationales – taught in French

+        optional classes in French or English  to obtain 35 ECTS

TRACK 2 Semester 2: Mixed track for international students with B1.2 or B2.1 French

1/ Seminar: Français pour les sciences sociales (FLE) – French language class

2/ Seminar: France, Etat, institutions et société (FEIS) only for S2 students – taught in French

3/ Seminar on an international/comparative politics theme taught in English

4/ CM EI: L’Art engagé en France : de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale à aujourd’hui – taught in French

+        optional classes in French or English  to obtain 35 ECTS

 

TRACK 3 Semester 1: French Track for international students with B2.2/C1/C2 French

1/ Seminar: Français sur objectifs universitaires (FLE) – French language class

or Seminar CM on a social science theme taught in French –  for bilingual students (C2 or francophone)

2/ Seminar: France, Etat, institutions, société (FEIS) – taught in French

3/ CM EI: L’Art engagé en France : de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale à aujourd’hui – taught in French

4/ Seminar CM on a social science theme taught in French

+        2 optional classes in French or English  to obtain 35 ECTS

TRACK 3 Semester 2: French Track for international students with B2.2/C1/C2 French

1/ Seminar: Français sur objectifs universitaires (FLE) – French language class

or Seminar CM on a social science theme taught in French –  for bilingual students (C2 or francophone)

2/ Seminar: France, Etat, institutions, société (FEIS) only for S2 students – taught in French

3/ CS PECO: Pays de l’Europe Centrales et Orientales – taught in French

4/ Seminar CM on a social science theme taught in French

+        optional classes in French or English  to obtain 35 ECTS

 

 

OPTIONAL CLASSES

 

1/ CF (Lecture with all the French students of a year group) – free choice – taught in French (for tracks 2 & 3) – just attend class, no registration necessary

2/ CS (electives for the French students) – free choice – taught in English (for track 1) taught in French or English (for tracks 2 & 3), just attend class, no registration necessary

3/ Foreign language – only 1 per semester – no beginner classes – send message to admin officer on arrival

English B1 or B2 or C1

German B1 or B2 or C1

Spanish B1 or B2 or C1

Italian B1 or B2 or C1

4/ Sports class – free choice, for example multisports class (mountain biking/climbing, Nordic skiing, snowboarding in semester 2… on Monday or Tuesday from 7.30 am to 12.45 pm) or many other choices at different times of the week –  only 1 per semester

http://www.sciencespo-grenoble.fr/vie-etudiante/la-vie-sportive/decouvrir-et-sinscrire-au-sport/

5/ UGA partner university class

The UGA website gives an idea of the degrees on offer there, but for information on specific courses open to international students, you will need to visit the faculty international relations departments at the beginning of the semester (Science, Social Science, Languages) to obtain a list of their available courses.  http://www.univ-grenoble-alpes.fr/

 

 

Here are some examples of seminars in the English and Mixed tracks: subject to modification.

 

You will be placed in a group by our administration in September


SEMESTER 1
Change in global politics
Political participation in a comparative perspective
European public health and risk issues
SEMESTER 2
Change in global politics
Law and social sciences


 

Seminar : Change in Global Politics

Prof. Franck Petiteville, Professor in Political Science and International Relations,

After recalling the core hypothesis of mainstream international theories (realism, liberalism, transnationalism, constructivism), this course aims to underline the dynamics of change in contemporary global politics by raising the following questions: what is the nature of state power in an era of globalization? Is sovereignty an obsolete or a resilient norm? How has diplomacy evolved over time? What are the functions of the international organizations? How has war been transformed from the 20th century World Wars to contemporary armed conflicts? Can we judge the legitimacy of armed violence according to the “just war doctrine”? What is the record of half a century of UN peacekeeping? Are international sanctions a new way of managing conflicts? What is the specificity of global terrorism as a form of political violence? Is the danger of nuclear proliferation under control? Can the international community protect human rights? How does international criminal justice work? How are international migrations regulated? How are environmental challenges managed by the international community?

 

Seminar : Political Participation in Comparative Perspective

Prof. Dr. Sonja Zmerli, Professor in Political Science

Political participation is considered to be the corner stone of democratic societies. And yet the interrelationship between the legitimacy of political rule and the “universe” of political participation is complex. While high turnout levels at national elections, for example, are an essential ingredient of legitimizing governments and their policies, non-institutionalized forms of participation, such as protest activities or boycotts, may be perceived as a threat to incumbent political parties or even the democratic regime as a whole. Different schools of thoughts have developed different views on the necessity and legitimacy of political participation and help to address the challenges that different types of political action seemingly represent.

Departing from a theoretically grounded understanding of political participation in democratic societies, this seminar is concerned with investigating the subject matter in a structured and comparative manner. We will be investigating different forms of political action, their individual and contextual determinants and political and societal implications. A comparative approach to levels and trends of political action in European societies will serve as a baseline to discuss common causes and consequences and their differences respectively.

Seminar : Law and Social Sciences

Amélie Imbert, lecturer in Legal History,

Laurence Dumoulin, CNRS Researcher in Political Science

Indeed, can law be understood as merely a legal subject? Is it made only by and for trained legal people or can other scholars handle legal issues? In this seminar, we plan to analyse legal phenomena, legal rules and legal practice from an interdisciplinary perspective. There is no doubt that theory and philosophy of law, history, anthropology, sociology and political science can significantly help us understand what is at stake in legal issues: what law does to society and what society does to and with the law?

This perspective will lead us to handle key issues and to explore an array of topics such as: Law, state and violence; Legal cultures and cultures of legality; Law & gender; Lawyers and legal professions; Trial and sentencing; Law, Politics and Judicialization…

This course is an interactive one: it aims to be a discussion class based on both the students’ presentations and input and the teachers’ feedback. Each time it is possible to do so, multimedia sources (movies, documentary, TV shows) will be focused on to illustrate the theoretical and empirical notions of the course.

Seminar : European public health and risk issues

Céline Granjou IRSTEA Researcher in Political Science

This course aims to present European policies approach to health and food risks since the 1990s. The class revolves around notions and debates on health risks and how they have been addressed in social sciences. Drawing on the case of the mad cow crisis in Europe, the class will retrace the reform of health risk assessment and the creation of new independent risk agencies (such as the Anses in France). The class will focus on the adoption of new principles regarding transparency, communication of scientific uncertainties and the rise of the precautionary principle and their significance for democracy.

Starting with the presentation of a range of industrial, technological disasters and health and food scandals since the 1970s, this course will study the notion of risk society and how political sciences and political sociology have invested issues of risks through research committed to fostering technical democracy. Drawing on the case of the mad cow crisis in France and Europe, the course will then examine the re-organization of expert assessment and communication of health risks at stake in this seminal affair and its major consequences in the shift to more transparent and participative assessment and management of health and food risks. In so doing, the course will also give methodological insights into how to design, carry out and exploit an empirical investigation on health risk assessment and management.


Your learning agreement.  Our available courses may change before the September/January semesters. Don’t worry: You will be able to make modifications to your learning agreement in October and February when you are sure of what you will be studying.  Your study abroad officer will be flexible on this point.

We will not have the class schedules until September.  Most classes have independent time slots so this is no problem, but if 2 of your chosen courses clash, you will need to change class choice and modify your learning agreement.
Don’t forget to write the course codes (CM = seminar/ CF & CS = lectures/ 1A = 1st year course, 3A = 3rd year course)
CM FLE
CM FEIS
CM INT  (in English with International students)
CM 1A or CM 3A (in French with mainly French students)
CF 1A or CF 3A  (in French with mainly French students)
CS (in French, English or Spanish)