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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 or CM 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 COURSES

Seminar: FLES1-5 French Language for international students

You have the opportunity to study French applied to social sciences in seminar groups for 2 hours a week.   The programme will vary according to the teacher and the level.

Obligatory – you will be assigned a group according to your level

 

Seminar: FEISS1-5 France, Etat, Institutions, Société

You have the opportunity to study French state, institutions, politics and society in seminar groups for 2 hours a week (24 hours in all). The programme will vary according to the teacher and the level.
Examples of subjects:

  • Histoire de France (par exemple 1ere guerre – commémoration, Vichy, résistance, guerre d’Algérie…)
  • Fondation de l’état nation, République (5 républiques), symboles
  • Régime semi présidentiel + élections
  • Politique étrangère
  • Droits humains, protection sociale…
  • Fonctionnement des institutions
  • Politique territoriale, centralisation/décentralisation + reformes
  • Principes fondamentaux (laïcité…)

Obligatory – you will be assigned a group according to your level (each semester there is 1 class taught in English and 3 in taught in French. If you are staying for a year, you will only take this class once)

 

Groupe 1 – This course will focus on France, a key EU Member State, especially underlining and questioning in itself the specificity of this country in Europe and in the world, regarding its contemporary history (revolutions and restorations, democracy, colonialism, Vichy period, Resistance, Algerian war, May 68), its secular state (laicism, republicanism, human rights), its political system (semi presidential system), its foreign policy (the tumultuous relations with the US, the Arabian policy of France…) its territory (centralization, decentralization and new regional organization) and its society (literature, cinema…). (> Syllabus, pdf)

Groupe 2 – Ce cours s’attachera à présenter les exceptions françaises ainsi que l’actualité politique, sociologique et économique française (> Syllabus, pdf)

Groupe 3 et 4 – Cette conférence de méthode a pour ambition de fournir les outils analytiques nécessaires à la compréhension du fonctionnement des institutions politiques de la France. L’étude de la Vème République sera au cœur de ce cours. Les rapports qu’entretiennent les acteurs à la fois à la règle de droit constitutionnelle ou législative et à la pratique seront étudiés. Ce cours vise à présenter et étudier, également, le fonctionnement des institutions administratives françaises (administration centrale, déconcentrée et décentralisée). Les travaux sont organisés autour d’exposés, de discussions et de notes d’actualité. Il s’agit pour les étudiants d’acquérir des notions clés, leur permettant de comprendre et d’analyser les institutions et la société françaises. L’actualité sera un point d’entrée essentiel. (> Syllabus, pdf)

 

TRACK 2 CS INT:  La France et les questions internationales – taught in French

Sylvie Lemasson (Maître de conférences HDR de science politique) (> Syllabus, pdf)

Depuis le général de Gaulle et le début de la Vème République (1958), la France affiche une politique de « puissance » de rang international dont l’évolution a connu peu d’inflexions durant les différents mandats présidentiels de Georges Pompidou, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, François Mitterrand, Nicolas Sarkozy ou encore François Hollande. L’activisme dont fait preuve Emmanuel Macron sur la scène internationale conforte l’idée d’un « retour » de la France dans la gestion des grandes questions régionales qui touchent tout aussi bien les conflits latents du Moyen-Orient que les thématiques de défense ou d’intégration européenne. Il s’agit donc dans ce CS de définir les attributs de puissance de la France et de sérier ses atouts – comme ses faiblesses – pour prétendre s’affirmer dans un monde bipolaire (guerre froide) et multipolaire (après chute du Mur de Berlin). Les ambitions et les moyens affichés par la France seront examinés à partir des entrées suivantes : La France dans le jeu international avec les Etats-Unis, la Russie, la Chine et l’Inde ; La France et les questions européennes (avec un accès particulier porté à la relation franco-allemande et le projet institutionnel de l’UE) ; la France et le multilatéralisme ; la France et les questions de défense. En tant que force de proposition et de projection militaire sur différents théâtres de conflit, mais également en tant que puissance normative, nous aborderons les sujets de tensions internationaux pour lesquels la France entend faire entendre sa voix de négociateur (MoyenOrient, Afrique, Europe, Asie).

 

 

TRACKS 1 & 2 Seminars in English for international students: subject to modification

Some CMINT are repeated S1 then S2 – you can only take one semester of the class. You will be assigned a group.

 

CMINT S1 : Political involvement in comparative perspective

Prof. Dr. Sonja Zmerli, Professor in Political Science (> Syllabus, pdf)

Conceptually, political involvement refers to citizens’ political attitudes, knowledge and participation. To assess the perceived legitimacy of democratic regimes, political sociologists mostly draw inferences from comparative or longitudinal population surveys which allow them to analyze democratic societies over time or with each other. For example, political support is considered to be a corner stone of any legitimate and well-functioning democratic regime. Despite deviating views on the required level of political support, scholars by and large agree that a minimum amount of political trust is needed for stable and efficient democratic systems. As a consequence, any potential sign of eroding political support, such as declining voter turnouts, the loss of members of political parties or increasing political cynicism or apathy, has become the subject of contested scholarly debates.

Similarly, political participation is considered to be part and parcel 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, noninstitutionalized 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.

This seminar will address the full conceptual range with its contradictions, and investigate the empirical state of affairs in European societies and beyond.

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CMINT S1: European public health and risk issues

Céline Granjou IRSTEA Researcher in Political Science (> Syllabus, pdf)

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.

CMINT S1: Jews and Muslims in North Africa (19th -20th c.): a shared history?

Claire Marynower (> Syllabus, pdf)

This class will address the question of Jewish-Muslim relationships from a historical perspective, drawing on recent works on Modern North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia). Starting from the pre-colonial period, it will analyze the status of Non-Muslim communities in Islamic countries and the growing influence of European imperialism on colonized populations. Then it will discuss the dynamics of coexistence under French colonial rule, in a context characterized by competitive colonial policies, distinguishing between both autochthonous populations, and the rise of Zionism. Finally, it will explore decolonization and independence as processes of religious and ethnic homogenization in North Africa, leading to a massive Jewish emigration, and the inherited intercommunal tensions in postcolonial France. This course offers a new perspective on issues linked to colonialism, nationalism, antisemitism, Zionism and, more generally speaking, multiculturalism. Doing so, it also sheds light on the question of race in contemporary France.

CMINT S1: Change in Global Politics

Prof. Franck Petiteville, Professor in 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?

 

TRACK 3 CM Conférences de méthode en français: subject to modification

You will be assigned a group.

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.

Semestre 1:
CM3S1-5 Politiques publiques en Europe

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.

CM1S1-5 Sociologie politique

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

 

OPTIONAL COURSES

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED:

CSS1-5 International track tutoring

F BONNEFOY Teacher of French and English (> Syllabus, pdf)

Objectives : The tutoring of International students by French students fosters mutual cultural, language, and academic fulfilment and improvement. The class aims at assisting international students in their studies and integration in Sciences Po Grenoble. International students get a support to discover university life, to develop their French skills, and to expand their academic knowledge. 1.5 hours a week. Compulsory attendance. – Groups of international students created according to their needs (language, methodology, content classes…) – 3-4 international students / 1 French student. – Internet platform: students share data, progress, ideas, resources… – Teacher’s monitoring and help every Friday. Assessment: – Oral presentation: feedback on the tutoring: 10% – Involvement of the student in the tutoring and in their group: 10% – French student’s assessment: 20% – Oral or written test: specific to the group (language, methodology, content class), designed by the teacher and French tutor at the end of the term; assessed by the teacher: 60%

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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

LECTURES : cours fondamentaux (CF) : 5 ECTS, 24 hours

1ERE ANNEE :
  • CF1S1-5 Histoire transnationale de l’Europe au XXe siècle : approche historique
  • CF1S1-5 Sociologie
  • CF1S1-5 Macro-économie et comptabilité nationale
  • CF1S1-5 Politique comparée
3EME ANNEE :
  • CF3S1-5 Politiques publiques
  • CF3S1-5 Droit de l’Union européenne
  • CF3S1-5 Sociologie contemporaine

 

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

LECTURES : Les cours spécialisés (CS): 5 ECTS, 18 hours[CLICK HERE]

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/

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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/