Semester 2 – mandatory courses

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First, select your mandatory courses, then select your options – click here.

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

 

MANDATORY COURSES

 

1) For tracks 1, 2 or 3 – 5 ECTS per module

Course code: FLES1

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 your level – see here for important information

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2) For tracks 1, 2 or 3 – 5 ECTS per module

Course code: FEISS1 France, Etat, Institutions, Société – Wednesday 8 am or 10.15 am

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

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:

  • History of France (for example WW1, Vichy, resistance movements, Algerian war)
  • The foundation of the Nation State, the Republic (5 Republics), symbols
  • Semi presidential regime + elections
  • Foreign policy
  • Human rights, social welfare…
  • Institutions
  • Territorial policy, centralisation/decentralisation + reform
  • Fundamental principles (secular state…)

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

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3) For tracks 1 & 2 Seminar in English for international students – 5 ECTS per module

Course code: CMINT

ONLY one CMINT per semester. 

Some CMINT are repeated S1 then S2 – you can only take one semester of the class.

You will be assigned a group (we will try to respect the choice on your learning agreement).

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CMINT Seminar S2: Political involvement in comparative perspective – Monday 15.15-17.15 

Prof. Dr. Sonja Zmerli   professor of politics (> 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, 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.

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 Seminar: Biology, Society and Politics – Monday 15.15-17.15 

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.

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Change in Global Politics – Monday 15.15-17.15 

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?

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4) For track 3 :  Conférences de méthode en français – 5 ECTS per module

Course code: CM1S2 or CM3S2

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.

 

 

CM1S2 Méthodes des sciences sociales (CM de 1ère année – difficile mais plus facile qu’une CM de 3e année)

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.

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CM3S2 Politique internationale et comparée (CM de 3e année – plus difficile qu’une CM de 1e année)

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.

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