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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 : FLES2-5 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 : FEISS2-5 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)




CMINTS2-5 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.

CMINTS2-5 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?

CMINTS2-5 Seminar : Law and Social Sciences

Amélie Imbert, lecturer in Legal History (> Syllabus, pdf)

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.

CMINTS2-5 European Environment and Risk Issues

Céline Granjou (> Syllabus, pdf)

This course aims to present European policies approach to environmental and health risks since the 1990s. The class introduces students to notions and debates on risks and ‘risk society’, and how they have been addressed in social sciences. Drawing on a range of case-studies including climate change and the mad cow crisis in Europe, the class will retrace the reform of 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 environmental disasters and food scandals since the 1970s, this course will introduce the notion of ‘risk society’ and how political sciences and political sociology have invested issues of risks through research committed to fostering democracy and citizen empowerment. The course will then examine the re-organization of expert assessment and communication of environment and health risks since the 1990s and its major consequences in the shift to more transparent and participative assessment and management of environment and health risks. The course will also include a range of students’ presentations centered on various case-studies of environmental risks and disasters.

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 2:
CM3S2-5 Politique internationale et comparée

Cette conférence de méthode porte sur les relations (ou affaires) internationales et la politique comparée (global politics). Elle vise à former les étudiants sur les principaux acteurs, enjeux et dynamiques de la vie internationale. Seront en particulier abordés les types de régimes politiques, les dynamiques de coopération interétatiques et transnationales (en particulier via les organisations internationales au sens large), les formes de conflictualité ainsi que les négociations et relations diplomatiques. Cette conférence mobilisera l’ensemble des connaissances accumulées sur ces questions et des réflexions sur les principaux événements contemporains.  Les compétences acquises par les étudiants leur permettront de porter un regard global sur les problèmes politiques à travers le monde. En outre, la conférence est conseillée à tous ceux qui souhaitent s’orienter vers des métiers qui s’inscrivent dans une dimension internationale.

CM1S2-5 Méthodes des sciences sociales

L’analyse de l’information chiffrée, comme celle des discours produits par les acteurs (citoyens, usagers, consommateurs…), se rencontrent aujourd’hui à tous les stades des processus d’expertise et de décision.
Savoir construire ou utiliser des données d’enquête pour expliquer les comportements et les opinions des individus représente ainsi une compétence forte, valorisable auprès des employeurs privés comme publics.
Les sciences sociales (économie, histoire, marketing, science politique, sociologie) partagent un corpus de méthodes, dans lequel on distingue classiquement les enquêtes quantitatives (enquête par questionnaire à domicile, postal, téléphonique, online) des enquêtes qualitatives (entretien individuel, focus group, observation ethnographique).
La conférence a un double objectif : faire comprendre aux étudiants les différences et la complémentarité entre ces méthodes ; leur permettre d’appréhender par la pratique l’analyse statistique des données quantitatives et l’analyse des entretiens semi-directifs.

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

  • CF1S2-5 Micro-économie et organisations industrielles
  • CF1S2-5 Institutions politiques et administratives
  • CF3S2-5 Politiques économiques
  • CF3S2-5 Sociologie contemporaine

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

  • CSS2-5 Australia/New Zealand-UK foreign relations IN ENGLISH
  • CSS2-5 Conflits contemporains et patrimoine
  • CSS2-5 Economie sociale et solidaire
  • CSS2-5 Economic globalization: successes and pitfalls IN ENGLISH
  • CSS2-5 Environmental Politics IN ENGLISH
  • CSS2-5 France and multiculturalism IN ENGLISH
  • CSS2-5 Les élections en France
  • CSS2-5 Les Pays d’Europe centrale et orientale au sein de l’UE
  • CSS2-5 Liberalismo en America Latina
  • CSS2-5 Théorie et philosophie du droit
  • CSS2-5 Philosophie politique
  • CSS2-5 Politique, genre et sexualité
  • CSS2-5 Relations internationales, entre conflictualité et tentatives d’ordonnancement (not recommended – very difficult)
  • CSS2-5 Multinational Business History, World Economic Cycles and Global Value Chains IN ENGLISH