Methodological Tool Box

This is where you can find written and visual resources (discipline-specific, multidisciplinary and methodological), tools (help with literature-based research, public-speaking, map design, etc.) and an overview of the types of exercise you will be required to do at the College. These resources are designed to help you get the most out of your personal study in relation to your courses, complete your assignments (written and oral) and prepare for your job search.

Some of these resources and tools are developed by Sciences Po and others can be accessed through external and open-access databases.

Resources for further study

This section presents academic content organised by format and topic. These resources will help you consolidate your learning of theory and methodology (such as: understanding a notion or concept, delving deeper into a subject through further reading, analysing images, comparing viewpoints, etc.), and develop your own critical and analytical perspective.

The following list is bound to whet your curiosity.

Tools for developed practice

This section provides videos and tutorials designed to help you develop academic and pre-professional skills.

Exercises to make progress

Students are given a wide variety of assignments as part of their coursework. They can be done alone or in groups, in the classroom or at home, in a limited time or not, by hand or on the computer, in writing or verbally, in several languages, etc.

All assignments demand an unwavering intellectual honesty that eschews plagiarism, and require a genuine personal commitment from students in terms of research, analysis,  structured, precise and critical  thinking—and, finally, imagination.

The examples presented here are not exhaustive and are therefore liable to different interpretations depending on level, subject and teaching style. Faculty are free to decide the nature of the assignments, their format, their weight in the overall grade and how they are assessed.

At the beginning of the semester, students must pay particular attention to the course plan and the instructions given for each exercise. You must never hesitate to ask questions or for help and advice from lecturers and tutors.