The Fundamentals

Common Core Curriculum

The Sciences Po Common Core Curriculum courses are an integral part of Sciences Po's educational project. As fundamental courses, they are divided into three units: philosophy, epistemology and transdisciplinary courses.

The Master-level common core curriculum is designed to impart knowledge and skills which will enable future graduates to confront nowadays changing world and to become themselves forces of change. Common Core courses are meant to enrich significantly each master program, offering thematic courses, in the Sciences Po tradition of general studies. These courses draw on intellectual tools from across the entire social science spectrum, bringing them to bear on crucial issues raised by contemporary societies.

These classes provide a unique opportunity for Science Po students from different programs to mingle, and contribute to giving our students a cohesive identity and sense of community.

All students enrolled in a Sciences Po Master Programme must choose two "common core" courses during their Master. Successful completion of these courses is required to obtain the degree. No waivers are possible.

The Offre Commune course offering for the Fall can be found here and the Schedule here.

Quantitative Skills 

Additionally, as a PSIA requirement, students must take one skills course in quantitative methods, either in Semester 1 or in Semester 2.  Students in the Master in International Economic Policy fulfil their PSIA skills course requirement via the "Applied Econometrics with Stata" module in the Fall semester and are thus not required to take a seperate Skills course.

Please note that students may obtain a waiver for the skills course upon presentation of the appropriate justifications (transcripts, syllabi and letter of motivation) before course registration to their academic advisor who makes the final decision. As a consequence, students will attempt 4 fewer credits overall during their program. This does not apply to the Master in International Economic Policy students.  Course Waiver Requests Q & A

Semester 1 2016 - 2017 - PSIA Fundamentals / Skills (Please select 1 course - 24 hours)
CoursesHours / semesterECTSInstructorsResources
KOUT2030 - Statistical Reasoning244Louise CARON, Alexandra JAROTSCHKIN, Mathilde BAUWIN, Antonin DE LAEVERSyllabus
KOUT2000 - Statistiques d'enquêtes244Tom CHEVALIER, Manon REGUER-PETIT, Anja DUROVIC, Blandine MESNELSyllabus
KOUT2040 - Quantitative Tools level I244Louis DE CHARSONVILLE, Gauthier JOURDAIN, Sebastien RICARD, Vladimir ATLANISyllabus
KOUT2010 - Outils quantitatifs niveau I244Didier SCHLACTHER, Béatrice MERLE D'AUBIGNESyllabus
KOUT2015 - Outils quantitatifs niveau II244Didier SCHLACTHERSyllabus

Students must take one skills course, either in Semester 1 or in Semester 2. Students may choose the language of instruction.

Please note that students may obtain a waiver for the skills course upon presentation of the appropriate justifications (transcripts, syllabi and letter of motivation) before course registration to their academic advisor who makes the final decision. As a consequence, students will attempt 4 fewer credits overall during their program.

Semester 2 2016 - 2017 - PSIA Fundamentals / Skills (Please select 1 course - 24 hours)
CoursesHours / semesterECTSInstructorsResources
KOUT2030 - Statistical Reasoning244Mathilde BAUWIN, Antonin DE LAEVER, François BRIATTE, Cyril BENOIT, Lisa OBERLANDER, Alexandra JAROTSCHKINSyllabus
KOUT2000 - Statistiques d'enquêtes244Tom CHEVALIER, Manon REGUER-PETITSyllabus
KOUT2040 - Quantitative Tools level I244Louis DE CHARSONVILLE, Gauthier JOURDAIN, Sebastien RICARD, Vladimir ATLANI, Emilie DUSSAU, Guillaume LEVANNIERSyllabus
KOUT2010 - Outils quantitatifs I244Didier SCHLACTHER, Béatrice MERLE D'AUBIGNE, Vladimir ATLANISyllabus
KOUT2015 - Outils quantitatifs II244Didier SCHLACTHERSyllabus

Students must take one skills course, either in Semester 1 or in Semester 2. Students may choose the language of instruction.
Please note that students may obtain a waiver for the skills course upon presentation of the appropriate justifications (transcripts, syllabi and letter of motivation) before course registration to their academic advisor who makes the final decision. As a consequence, students will attempt 4 fewer credits overall during their program.