FOCUS, Sciences Po's video series

Watch Season 2 of our video series FOCUS!

News passes, ideas stay. FOCUS is Sciences Po’s video series that sheds light on current affairs. In each episode, a researcher or professor explores a topical issue related to his or her field of expertise from an unexpected angle. In three minutes, FOCUS offers an out-of-the-box reflection on the issues that drive public debate and proposes perspectives for understanding and acting.

Public speaking: A tool to combat inequalities

“Tell me how you speak, and I will tell you who you are”: Public speaking skills, a strong social marker, can generate inequalities. Bertrand Périer, professor of public speaking at Sciences Po, advocates for more public speaking opportunities in school and defends the Grand Oral evaluation of the Baccalauréat, a "free exam".

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US Law imposed around the world?

Professor of political science Cornelia Woll examines the extraterritoriality of American law, that extends beyond the United States via a form of 'negotiated justice'. This power on an international scale raises questions of legal sovereignty.

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The price of a life

How to calculate the price of a life? Ariel Colonomos, Director of Research at the CNRS and the CERI-Sciences Po, explains it in his book Un prix à la vie : le défi politique de la juste mesure ("A price to life: the political challenge of fairness): in politics, we can be brought to balance interests with human lives. These preferences have been revealed clearly by the reactions to the Covid-19 crisis.

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The come-back of Made in France?

Reshoring, reindustrialisation, "made in France": the Covid-19 crisis has stirred up opinions about economic patriotism. Sarah Guillou, Director of the Sciences Po OFCE's Innovation and Competition Department, explores the issue of economic sovereignty.

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Yann Algan:

Yann Algan: "More than ever, our students want to have a positive social impact"

The Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Professor of Economics Yann Algan has accepted a position at HEC Paris, where he will work as Associate Dean for the Pre-Experience Programme and continue his research into trust and cooperation in organisations. He will thus leave his position as Dean of the School of Public Affairs from the start of the 2021-2022 academic year. In February, he answered our questions about the School, taking us on a tour of the newest elements of a historic curriculum

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Sciences Po celebrates 20 years of the Equal Opportunity Programme

Sciences Po celebrates 20 years of the Equal Opportunity Programme

Twenty years ago, Sciences Po created a new, daring and almost revolutionary programme in the French higher education landscape: the Equal Opportunity Programme (EOP) opened a dedicated admission pathway for candidates who might never have allowed themselves to apply. 20 years and more than 2,300 students later, Sciences Po is celebrating the success of this bet: combining excellence and a proactive approach to social inclusion.

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Will the Covid-19 Crisis Mark the Decline of the Populist Right?

Will the Covid-19 Crisis Mark the Decline of the Populist Right?

Donald Trump’s defeat in the U.S. presidential election last November and the relative inability of populists to make their voices heard during the pandemic point to a new political cycle that is less promising for parties such as the Rassemblement National (RN) in France, the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) in Germany, and the Lega in Italy.

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Autumn 2021: in-person teaching and a renewed student life

Autumn 2021: in-person teaching and a renewed student life

After an unusual and eventful academic year, the start of the 2021/2022 year is intended as a return to normal. All Sciences Po teams are working to prepare the conditions for reception and teaching in person for all students, on all campuses, with the academic year starting at the end of August and a return to the usual academic calendar, always in respect of the governmental regulations in force.

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