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International student course information for 2017-18: NEW TRACKS!

International students at Sciences Po Grenoble will study one of 4 tracks :

  • English Track – all classes in English (for level A1/A2/B1.1 students)

  • Mixed Track – most classes in English but one or two in French (for level B1.2/ B2.1 students)

  • French Track – most classes in French (for level B2.2/C1 students)

  • Francophone Track – all classes in French (for level C2 and native speakers)

Seminars : FLES1-5 French Language for international students : conférences de méthode (CM) – 5 ECTS

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


Seminars : FEISS1-5 France, Etat, Institutions, Société – 5 ECTS

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 and you may be assigned a group in semester 2)


France, Etat, Institutions, Société

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)



CMINTS1-5 International track tutoring
1.5 hours per week

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%



Seminars in English for international students : conférences de méthode (CM) – 5 ECTS, 18 hours

Examples of seminars in the English and Mixed tracks: subject to modifications

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

CMINTS1-5 The politics of knowledge: current transformations of the public sciences in Western societies IN ENGLISH

Dr Séverine Louvel, associate professor of sociology, Sciences Po Grenoble (> Syllabus, pdf)

The seminar aims to analyze the politics of knowledge i.e. the relationships between science and politics which shape how knowledge is created, distributed, and used in our contemporary societies. It will focus on a specific type of knowledge, the one produced within the public science system – the formal system for producing, evaluating, and coordinating published scientific knowledge (Whitley, 1985).
The seminar starts from the assumption that the way societies create public science is social, and the way they use it is also social. More specifically, drawing insights from the New Political Sociology of Science (Frickel and Moore, 2006) the seminar will shed light on the political and institutional dynamics that shape the funding, administration, practice and use of public science at various levels (science policies, research organizations, networks and groups).
Each session will be dedicated to a set of issues such as the nature of scientific authority, science’s relations with the state, science and democracy, scientific and technical controversies, and the political economy of the commercialization of knowledge. At the end of the seminar, students will get a sense of how the scientific community works as well as of the place of science in society.

Grading will be based on reading assignments and an oral presentation (20 %) and a final written test (80 %).


Seminar : 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?

Seminar : Political Participation in Comparative Perspective

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

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 : 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.

Seminars : conférences de méthode en français (CM) – 5 ECTS, 24 hours

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


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

  • CF1S1-5 Histoire transnationale de l’Europe au XXe siècle : approche historique
  • CF1S1-5 Introduction à la sociologie
  • CF1S1-5 Macro-économie et comptabilité nationale
  • CF1S1-5 Science politique
  • CF3S1-5 Politiques publiques
  • CF3S1-5 Droit de l’Union européenne
  • CF3S1-5 Histoire globale du monde contemporain (XIXe-XXe siècles)

LECTURES : Les cours spécialisés (CS): 5 ECTS, 18 hours

  • CSS1-5 Action internationale des collectivités territoriales
  • CSS1-5 Autoritarisme dans le monde arabe : Etats, régimes, contestations et perspectives de démocratisations (L’) (not recommended – very difficult)
  • CSS1-5 Between Fiction and Politics. (Mis) Representations of the United Nations in the press, literature and movies (IN ENGLISH)
  • CSS1-5 Comparative higher education systems/TOEFL preparation IN ENGLISH
  • CSS1-5 Contemporary issues in the Arab and Muslim World (IN ENGLISH)
  • CSS1-5 Droit administratif
  • CSS1-5 Droit International Public
  • CSS1-5 Economie des Politiques de l’Environnement
  • CSS1-5 Finances publiques
  • CSS1-5 Geoeconomics of international security (IN ENGLISH)
  • CSS1-5 International Issues in the Middle East The Two Gates to the Middle East: Egypt and Turkey IN ENGLISH
  • CSS1-5 Islam et musulmans dans la France contemporaine
  • CSS1-5 Justice en acte(s)
  • CSS1-5 Les politiques culturelles – Fondements, évolutions, restructurations
  • CSS1-5 Liberalismo y políticas económicas y sociales en América Latina (en espagnol)
  • CSS1-5 Petit guide de survie au travail
  • CSS1-5 Politique comparée
  • CSS1-5 Préparation au concours de l’Ecole de Journalisme de Grenoble (Cours très spécifique et difficile pour étudiants internationaux)
  • CSS1-5 Sociologie des organisations
  • CSS 1-5 Sciences et pseudo-sciences politiques : cours d’auto-défense intellectuelle