Semester 1 – mandatory courses

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First, select your mandatory courses, then select your options – click here.

First, fill your learning agreement, then wait for the online registration link by email.




1) FRENCH LANGUAGE COURSE: Mandatory for tracks 1, 2 or 3 – 5 ECTS per module – Bachelor year 2 level

Course code: FLES1

C1 and above are exempted from this class and should select another one (CF or CS)

Track 1: French Language (>Syllabus 1, >Syllabus 2)

Track 2: Français pour les sciences sociales (>Syllabus)

Track 3: Français sur objectifs universitaires (>Syllabus)


Seminar: 2 hours a week.   The program will vary according to the teacher and the level.

You will be assigned a group according to your level  – see here for important information


2) FEIS: Mandatory for tracks 1, 2 or 3 – 5 ECTS per module – Bachelor year 2 level

Course code: FEISS1 France, Etat, Institutions, Société – Wednesday 8 am or 10.15 am

Seminar:  – 2 hours a week

The program will vary according to the teacher and the level.

A1, A2, B1.1 students will study this course in English, otherwise it is taught in French.
Examples of subjects:

  • History of France (for example WW1, Vichy, resistance movements, Algerian war)
  • The foundation of the Nation State, the Republic (5 Republics), symbols
  • Semi presidential regime + elections
  • Foreign policy
  • Human rights, social welfare…
  • Institutions
  • Territorial policy, centralisation/decentralisation + reform
  • Fundamental principles (secular state…)


If you are staying for a year, you will only study FEIS in semester 1



3) CMINT: Mandatory for tracks 1 & 2 Seminar in English for international students – 5 ECTS per module – Bachelor year 3 level

Course code: CMINT

ONLY one CMINT per semester. 

Some CMINT are repeated S1 then S2 –You will be assigned a group (we will try to respect the choice on your learning agreement).


CMINT Seminar S1: Law and Social Sciences – Monday 15.15-17.15

Laurence Dumoulin, CNRS Researcher in Political Science (> Syllabus, pdf)

Law seems to be intertwined with our everyday lives to such an extent that it seems to be everywhere, whatever we do: when we drive, when we work, when we die, etc.

This course will provide a general overview of a selection of socio-legal issues defined in a broad sense.

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? This course is planned to analyze legal phenomena, legal rules and legal practice from an interdisciplinary perspective. There is no doubt that criminology, 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 course is an interactive one, based on both the students’ presentations and input and the teacher’s feedback. Multimedia sources (movies, tv series) will be focused on to illustrate the theoretical and empirical notions of the course.




CMINT Seminar S1: Change in Global Politics – Monday 15.15-17.15

Prof. Franck Petiteville, Professor of Political Science and International Relations (> Syllabus, pdf)

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?




CMINT Seminar S1 – Contemporary issues in the Arab and Muslim World – Monday 15.15-17.15

Daniel Meier, Associate Professor in Political Sociology.   (> Syllabus, pdf)

This course explores some key issues in Middle East politics nowadays. It deals mainly with the Machreq states including the two regional superpowers Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

We will start the course with a general lecture introducing Middle Eastern politics through its key historical moments in the XXth century that brought up the modern nation-state system from the remains of the Ottoman Empire and authoritarian regimes once states became independent.

The thematic organization of the course intends to open several debates on today’s issues at stake in the Middle East region. Starting with wide-reaching issues and in order to make the link with the inaugural session, the first lecture theme proposes to deal with authoritarianism in the Middle East. Second, we will continue with the longstanding problem of the Palestinian refugees. This will bring us to the main internal divisions on the Palestinian political scene by discussing the political success of the Hamas movement since 2006 with its domination of Gaza.

Shifting to the neighbouring state, Lebanon, the two following sessions will discuss sectarianism as a mode of governance and the role of Hizbullah as a powerful political party and an armed non-state actor. The Syrian issue will be then analysed through the fate of millions of refugees living in Lebanon in Jordan, a lasting problem for the decade to come. In the Machreq, the political trajectory of Iraq raises the question of the Kurdish minority and how the political leaders have managed to mobilise around their ethnic identity to secure greater autonomy in the post-Saddam era. The final session will focus on al-Qaida, the jihadist matrix of the Islamic State, in order to shed light on the changing phenomenon of the violent movements in political Islam.


4) CM: Mandatory for track 3 :  Conférences de méthode en français – 5 ECTS per module – Bachelor year 1 or 3 levels


Course code: CM1S1 or CM3S1

UNE SEULE par semestre.
Vous serez affecté à un groupe (nous nous efforcerons de respecter le choix de votre learning agreement).

Les Conférences de Méthode (CM) sont des espaces où les étudiant-e-s présentent des exposés, animent des débats, participent à des discussions (« Soft Skills ») en s’appuyant sur des connaissances scientifiques, des dossiers et des bibliographies (« Hard Skills ») fournies par les équipes pédagogiques.



CM1S1 Sociologie politique (CM de 1ère année – difficile mais plus facile qu’une CM de 3e année)

La sociologie politique est une sous-discipline de la science politique qui interroge les relations entre les gouvernés et les gouvernants dans les régimes politiques modernes. Parmi les principaux objets abordés dans le cours figurent les comportements politiques, les élites politico-administratives, les mouvements sociaux, les groupes d’intérêt, l’opinion publique ou encore les sondages.

Sur cette base, la conférence de méthode poursuit deux objectifs principaux :

(a) transmettre aux étudiantes et aux étudiants des connaissances solides en sociologie politique, qui leur permettent de rendre plus intelligible le monde qui nous entoure

(b) pousser les étudiantes et les étudiants à se méfier des interprétations faciles et parfois naïves des phénomènes politiques, en mettant à distance les différents types de discours tenus par les acteurs, les observateurs et les chercheurs.

À la fin du semestre, deux compétences principales sont donc attendues :

(a) la capacité à confronter des points de vue et à fonder des prises de position sur les acquis des débats scientifiques, en mobilisant des références précises à des auteurs, des concepts et des théories

(b) la capacité à participer à des échanges d’arguments à l’oral, en écoutant les autres, en animant des débats, en travaillant en équipe, tout cela en étant à la fois critique, constructif, et créatif




CM3S1 Politiques publiques en Europe (CM de 3e année – plus difficile qu’une CM de 1e année)

Cette conférence traitera des politiques publiques au niveau local, national et européen dans une perspective comparée. Son objectif est de permettre aux étudiants de comprendre la fabrication, le fonctionnement et l’analyse des politiques publiques. Il s’agit de comprendre les différentes phases des politiques publiques, le rôle des institutions, des intérêts, des idées et les principales approches de l’analyse des politiques publiques. Il ne s’agit pas de se concentrer sur une politique publique spécifique, mais d’aborder des études de cas concret dans différents domaines.