Semester 1 – mandatory courses for undergraduate students

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First, select your mandatory courses, then select your options.

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


MANDATORY COURSES – assessed by continuous assessment (no retake)


1) FRENCH LANGUAGE COURSE: Mandatory for tracks 1, 2 or 3 – 5 ECTS per module – Bachelor year 3 level

Course code: FLES1

C1 and above are exempted from this class and should select another one to replace it (CF or CS in French)

Track 1: French Language

Track 2: Français pour les sciences sociales

Track 3: Français sur objectif universitaire



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

You will be assigned a group on Tuesday or Thursday afternoon according to your level. It will not clash with the CS or Multisport slots.  See here for important information


2) FEIS: Mandatory for tracks 1, 2 or 3 – 5 ECTS per module – Bachelor year 3 level

FEIS taught in English: syllabus

FEIS taught in French: syllabus

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

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 taught in the class:

  • 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



3) CMINT: Mandatory for tracks 1 & 2 Seminar in English for international students – 5 ECTS per module – Bachelor year 3 level

Course code: CMINT

ONLY one CMINT per semester. 

Certain CMINT are repeated S1 then S2. 

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

2 hours a week


CMINT Seminar S1 – Change in Global Politics 

Franck Petiteville – Friday 15.00-17.00 (> 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?


CMINT Seminar S1 – Change in Global Politics (Case Study Research)

Mayeul Kauffmann – Monday 13.00-15.00 (> Syllabus, pdf

The course addresses key aspects of change in structures and processes, as well as in issues of international and global nature. It focuses on the variety of actors and highlights how diverse their strategies and repertoires of actions can be. The study of the latter will include not only acts of commission (doing), but also acts of omission and of expression; all of them illustrating ways to cooperate or not cooperate among actors of change in global politics, in coercive or persuasive manners.

A significant part of the course time will be devoted to the study of specific cases, including the methodology of applied research in this field, through participating in a real research project, which is likely to  be published. Considerable time will be spent doing online research and analysis.  Aspects of  theoretical background will mainly be covered through required readings selected to enable students to make up for any missing knowledge compared with older students in the group, thanks to self-study (some class time will be devoted to answering questions related to the readings).


CMINT Seminar S1 – Contemporary issues in the Arab and Muslim World – Monday 15.15-17.15

Daniel Meier (> Syllabus, pdf)

This course explores some key issues in Middle East politics nowadays. It deals mainly with the Machreq states including the two regional superpowers Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

We will start the course with a general lecture introducing Middle Eastern politics through its key historical moments in the XXth century that brought up the modern nation-state system from the remains of the Ottoman Empire and authoritarian regimes once states became independent.

The thematic organization of the course intends to open several debates on today’s issues at stake in the Middle East region. Starting with wide-reaching issues and in order to make the link with the inaugural session, the first lecture theme proposes to deal with authoritarianism in the Middle East. Second, we will continue with the longstanding problem of the Palestinian refugees. This will bring us to the main internal divisions on the Palestinian political scene by discussing the political success of the Hamas movement since 2006 with its domination of Gaza.

Shifting to the neighbouring state, Lebanon, the two following sessions will discuss sectarianism as a mode of governance and the role of Hizbullah as a powerful political party and an armed non-state actor. The Syrian issue will be then analysed through the fate of millions of refugees living in Lebanon in Jordan, a lasting problem for the decade to come. In the Machreq, the political trajectory of Iraq raises the question of the Kurdish minority and how the political leaders have managed to mobilise around their ethnic identity to secure greater autonomy in the post-Saddam era. The final session will focus on al-Qaida, the jihadist matrix of the Islamic State, in order to shed light on the changing phenomenon of the violent movements in political Islam.


CMINT Seminar S1 – Globalization & security: a perspective in border studies – Monday 13.00-15.00 

Daniel Meier  (> Syllabus, pdf)

This course aims at understanding the current globalization processes through the emergence, spreading and management of borders. More specifically, it intends to provide the students with some of the theoretical tools to consider several issues at the heart of the current world balance. Thanks to targeted readings and weekly debates, the CM will first discuss historical elements related to the emergence of today’s bordered state system and its link with the previous era of empires thus problematizing notions like borders, boundaries and frontiers. It will also explore the emergence of the border studies as a sub-field of cross-disciplinary domains and its evolution towards the contemporary conceptualization. The globalization process will then be apprehended through terms like “networked borders”, “borderwork” and “borderities” in order to discuss key notions like migrations, border crossings and integrated border management. Finally, the course will open up the debate on the securitization process manifested with a growing incidence of border walling as an apparent contradiction to the globalization process.



CMINT S1 International Policy Lab  

Policy lab 12 sessions, 2 per week Monday 15.15-17.15, Thurs 8-10, starting October 16 (only 8 places available)

Reia Anquet (> Syllabus, pdf)

This interactive course explores how to design and implement solutions to public policy problems, specifically those with international linkages. The aim of the course is two-fold : on the one hand, to familiarise oneself with design thinking and participatory decision-making techniques. On the other, to apply those techniques in a series of practical exercises linking analysis and action. At the end of the course, students can expect to be equipped with practical tools for policy formulation, including knowledge about their limits, and to have gained a better understanding of international affairs.



CMINT S1 Science for Society, ONLINE ONLY, BY ZOOM (this seminar is part of our virtual campus bringing together students from all French IEPs)

9 sessions, 2h per week Monday 15.15-17.15, 

NB: classes start the week of October 2 – To be confirmed

Severine Louvel (> Syllabus, pdf)

Information and communication technology, biology, environmental research… Science and innovation have a profound impact on our day-to-day lives. While citizens expect scientists to provide knowledge and expertise to solve societal problems, they also express concerns about the limits of science and even its potential harmful effects. Do scientists have a greater responsibility to contribute to society than other professionals? If so, how can we define it?  

The social responsibility of science has become a pressing issue within society and in contemporary policy debates. Responsible research is the contemporary expression of long-standing concerns for (1) Responsible research practices: the production of high-quality, valid and reliable scientific knowledge and (2) Socially relevant science: the production of knowledge that provides answers to social issues and benefits citizens. While it is now recognized that these two dimensions are critical, researchers, policy-makers and citizens still have different conceptions of what it means for scientists to be “socially responsible”.  

This course will analyse ideas about the responsibility of science toward society. It will provide a critical examination of how policymakers, scientists, and citizens, make science accountable to society and try to increase its social relevance. First, the course will examine policy initiatives for developing responsible research practices (such as measures to prevent scientific misconduct or to develop « open science »); then, it will address the changing meanings of socially relevant science (shift in policies from limiting the potential harmful effects of research to encouraging the routine evaluation of its societal benefits); lastly we will question the rise of new policy frameworks for socially responsible research, which promote the involvement of civil society in the development of science and technology (such as public engagement in science or citizen science initiatives). 

The course is open to any student with an interest in science and improving its benefits, and who wishes to understand the difficulties in assessing its societal impacts. It is also open to students who are interested in the role that they can play as citizens in promoting socially responsible research – even in scientific areas in which they don’t have technical expertise. We will talk about several areas of science that raise critical societal issues and whose social responsibility has been much discussed, such as biomedical and health sciences, climate science, environmental science, and data science.


CMINT S1 Crime and Security, ONLINE ONLY, BY ZOOM (this seminar is part of our virtual campus bringing together students from all French IEPs)

9 sessions, 2h per week Monday 13.00-15.00 

NB: classes start the week of October 2 – To be confirmed

François BONNET  (> Syllabus, pdf)

Crime and security is a general course in ‘punishment and society’ studies, which discusses large-scale issues (penal paradigms, historical developments in crime control, explanations for the variation of punishment in time and space), different sorts of crime (from homicides to burglaries and drug trafficking, sex work, domestic violence and employee theft), and crime control policies (policing, prisons, situational crime prevention).

The course will discuss theories, concepts and controversies with an emphasis on existing policies and empirical data. It will mobilize readings from different disciplines (sociology, economics, history, criminology) and using different methods (ethnography, econometrics, meta-analysis), so as to maximize the intellectual benefit for students who are enthusiastic about learning.


4) CM: Mandatory for track 3 :  Conférences de méthode en français – 5 ECTS per module – Bachelor year 1 or 3 levels


Course code: CM1S1 or CM3S1

UNE SEULE par semestre.
Vous pourrez choisir votre groupe lors de l’inscription pédagogique (places limitées par groupe).

2 hours a week

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)

NB il est fortement recommandé d’également suivre le CF Politique comparée – comme le font les étudiants français.

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)

NB il est fortement recommandé d’également suivre le CF Politiques Publiques – comme le font les étudiants français.

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.