Semester 1 – mandatory courses

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When you have selected your mandatory courses, you must then select your options – click here.

First, fill your learning agreement with your 7 choices, then wait for the online registration link by email.




1) For tracks 1, 2 or 3

Course code: FLES1

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

Track 1: French Language

Track 2: French language for the social sciences

Track 3: Français sur objectifs universitaires


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

You will be assigned a group according to the level you certify when you register – see here for important information


2) For tracks 1, 2 or 3

Course code: FEISS1 France, Etat, Institutions, Société

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:

  • 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…)


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



3) For tracks 1 & 2 Seminar in English for international students

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 S1 : Political involvement in comparative perspective

Prof. Dr. Sonja Zmerli, Professor of 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.




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, Professor of history (> 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 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?


4) For track 3 :  Conférences de méthode en français


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.