Semester 2

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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:

for 2018-19 most classes will not change

we will try to place you in the CMINT 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


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)




CSS2-5 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%


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 Biology, Society and Politics IN ENGLISH

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

Biology and biotechnology are major influences on our societies, determining what we eat, who we are and where we come from, how we define health, prevent and treat illness. These sciences have been used to justify public policies and social reforms – from eugenics to genomics.
This course will explore the cultural, political and economic factors that have shaped the life sciences in the contemporary period. It will also investigate the role played by biological arguments in public policy and identity politics. Some areas of interest might include health and society, biology and public policy, food and population, and environment and society.

CMINTS2-5 Seminar : Law and Social Sciences

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.

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?

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.

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

  • CF1S2-5 Micro-économie et organisation industrielle
  • CF1S2-5 Institutions politiques et administratives
  • CF3S2-5 Politiques économiques
  • CF3S2-5 Histoire globale du monde contemporain (XIXe-XXe siècles)


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


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.