Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BASC) : "Politics of the Earth", Dual Degree with the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris

A Course at the Intersection of Liberal Arts and Earth Sciences

In the academic year 2020-2021, Sciences Po will be offering a new dual degree in liberal arts and earth sciences, devised in partnership with the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP), University of Paris.

Educational Objectives

This interdisciplinary programme, entitled ‘Politics of the Earth’, invites students to reflect on the dynamics of our planet and current global societal challenges, such as responses to climate change, the transition towards renewable energy sources, or the sustainable management of resources. It considers questions of the Anthropocene, a term coined to designate the era in which human activity became an unstoppable geological force. Management of natural resources and their intensive consumption, as well as the pollution and global warming generated by an accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, represent two major examples of the influence of human activity on our planet’s evolution.

Within the framework of such issues, students pursue a programme of teaching in biological science, humanities, and the social sciences. These interdisciplinary classes, devised by academics of both institutions, constitute a genuine educational innovation of this course.

Upon completion of four years of study, one of which is conducted abroad, students are awarded a Bachelor in Earth Sciences from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris and a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BASc) from Sciences Po.

Structure of the Programme

The first two years of the programme pair the core teaching of the Sciences Po Undergraduate College provided on the Paris Campus, with classes in the sciences, taught by the IPGP. Classes take place at both institutions.

The third year abroad is conducted at an international partner university of either Sciences Po or the IPGP. Within this framework of mobile study, students are still obliged to adhere to their course obligations in both the sciences and liberal arts.

The fourth year is principally devoted to deepening scientific teaching at the IPGP, complemented by interdisciplinary classes offered by either university.

This course demands a strong investment in terms of personal work and study time.

Depending on their professional plans, graduates of the course may choose to pursue further study within a Master’s programme at Sciences Po, at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, or else on another programme in France or abroad.

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All queries may be addressed to Nicolas Benvegnu.

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