The Civic Learning Programme: Exercising citizenship

At the service of others through civic engagement

The Civic Learning Program affirms Sciences Po's original ambition to train ethically-minded individuals conscious of social realities at all levels, from the local to the global, and capable of dedicating themselves to others according to humanist principles. More specifically, it aims at exercising citizenship to enable students to fully assume their social and civic responsibilities.

By weaving together the theoretical knowledge they have acquired and the empirical data and information acquired during their field experiences, students are invited to build a personal project on a topic of their choice, in the areas of general welfare, the common good and the promotion of equality and solidarity. 

The Civic Learning Program is a fundamental pillar of the University curricula: its validation is indispensable for obtaining the Bachelor's degree.

How does it work?

The Civic Learning Program is an academic requirement that counts a minimum of 6 ECTS credits (or up to 9 ECTS credits) for the field experiences and 6 ECTS credits for the Capstone Project which are both preconditions for receiving a Bachelor’s Degree. Over the three years, students develop specific competences through a program enabling them to address the various aspects  of citizenship through an empirical and conceptual approach:

Empirical approach: by carrying out  specific field actions in favor of individuals who are potentially suffering from discrimination (in relation to territories, age, physical appearance, sexuality, religion, disability, etc.) or in difficulty (social precariousness, isolation, etc.), students have the opportunity to meet the public and their needs, thus acquiring solid pre-professional skills through the discovery of a diversity of professions, missions and structures. Within this framework, students carry out two field experiences: a civic internship of at least 140 hours (which takes place during the summer of the first year) and an independent ent project of 60 hours (which takes place continuously throughout the secont year).

Conceptual approach: Students are invited to explore citizenship issues  in their various dimensions, through a multidisciplinary, comparative approach anchored in the reality of the field (according to the principle of "Learning by Doing") with the aim of learning to think critically while acting responsibly. To this end, students are invited to write two reflective essays that open and close their academic curriculum: the Engagement Letter and the Capstone Project (in the 1st and 3rd years).

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