Summer Session 2017

Please find below the program for the 2017 Summer Session for the Master in Advanced Global Studies students. Students must follow all courses to fulfill the degree requirements.


1. Is a Gender Equal Society Possible? with Hélène Périvier

  • May 23: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • May 24: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • May 26: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

All societies are characterized by sex and gender inequalities. Economic and social organizations rely on a sexual division of labor based on social norms which assign different roles for men and women. Despite the fact gender inequalities are a common feature of all societies, some countries perform better than others in tackling them. This course focuses on analyzing the reconfiguration and the persistence of sex inequalities by relying on theoretical and empirical knowledge. The interactions between Welfare state, market and family are analyzed through international, historical, and socio-economic perspectives. A particular attention is paid to controversies among researchers and feminist thinking. The ultimate goal is to identify major challenges faced by societies. A specific attention is paid in linking academic knowledge to policy making process, based on cases study and practical dilemma.

Hélène Périvier is an economist at the OFCE and coordinator of the program on gender studies at Sciences Po, PRESAGE.


2. Financial Innovation & Global Governance, with Safia Hachicha and Benoît Chervalier

  • May 30: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • May 31: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • June 1: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • June 7: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • June 8: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • June 9: 8:00 am to 10:00 am
  • June 14: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The shift of paradigm in the financial resources calls for an innovative post 2015 agenda with new financing instruments, new mandates, new rules. Financial Innovations and Global Governance challenges will be at the heart of the coming decade.Players are gradually moving from generalist strategies to more specialized ones both sector wise and region wise. Private Equity funds are also playing central roles in the creation and accompanying across borders of regional champions. Finally, competition is also enticing Private Equity players to be increasingly innovative throughout their investment cycle from sourcing to value creation to exit. 

Sofia Hachicha has more than 15 years of experience in investment. After starting her career in Investment Banking in the M&A practice of JPMorgan in New York, Safia joined Swicorp, a corporate advisory and private equity firm, focused on the Middle East and North Africa region. She is now Partner at one2five advisory.

Benoît Chervalier is Managing Partner and Founder of one2five advisory. He has a diverse experience in the sovereign advisory industry, as Director of Rothschild & Co’s Sovereign Franchise for Africa, as an executive civil servant at the French Treasury Department and the German Federal Ministry of Finance, and with the African Development Bank.


3. Lessons from a life in diplomacy: debates with Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi***

  • May 31: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • June 1: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • June 1: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

*** This course has been labelled as a “PSIA pedagogically innovative course”

PSIA is pleased to announce a unique and original class with Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi. The purpose of this class is to have you prepare and suggest the content of the course. Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi will engage in a discussion with you and challenge you, starting from your own analysis, questions and concerns on modern international affairs.

Requirements: Based on Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi's career and achievements, select a topic you would like him to address. You are expected to send one short analysis (800 words max) and one question each. Please send your question to by Thursday, May 18 at the latest. 

Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi has been a senior UN diplomat for up to 25 years, after serving as Algeria Foreign Minister and ambassador to several nations.  Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi has spent 45 years helping to keep the peace across the world. Among his many contributions he helped end the civil war in Lebanon and Yemen, he led the UN's assistance mission in Afghanistan after the Coalition forces began bombing Al-Qaeda forces, and was the UN Special Envoy in Iraq after coalition forces invaded and overthrew Saddam Hussein.

Serving as Special Adviser to the Secretary-General from January 2004 to December 2005, Ambassador Brahimi advised the Secretary-General on a wide range of issues, including situations in the areas of conflict prevention and conflict resolution. He resigned in June 2014 from his most recent position as Joint Representative of the United Nations and the Arab League of States for Syria.

Since stepping down from his position, Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi has continued to be active in building a more peaceful world. He worked with the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, he was chosen as a founding member of The Elders, and he is a member of the Global Leadership Foundation, an international organization of retired leaders, who share their knowledge and experience with today's national leaders to improve the quality of their leadership.


4. Design thinking, with Emmanuel Thouan

  • June 6: 9:30am to 5:30pm - Room H405

Thinking you are not creative? Thinking you are not innovative? Think again... - detailed program to come.

Emmanuel Thouan is a design manager and teacher at the Ecole de Design de Nantes.

5. International negotiation: a legal perspective, with Susan Biniaz

  • June 12: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • June 13: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • June 14: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • June 15: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

This course is about the negotiation of international agreements. Through examples from various fields, including climate change, students will explore types of agreements and fora, the process of negotiation, the development of national positions, the advocacy of positions internationally, legal issues surrounding negotiations, and the many ways in which differences among negotiating countries are resolved. They will also learn to analyze agreements.

Susan Biniaz has been in the legal adviser's office at the State Department since 1984. She has been the principal lawyer on the climate change negotiations since 1989. She has worked on legal issues related to the Middle East, diplomatic law and outer space before turning to oceans, environmental and scientific affairs, which has remained her specialization. After heading the legal Office for European Affairs, she headed the Oceans, Environment and Science legal office for many years before becoming a deputy legal adviser. As deputy, she supervised the Treaty Office and issues related to the law of the sea, human rights, piracy off the coast of Somalia, law enforcement, and private international law.


6. Training on synergology, with Stephen Bunard  

  • June 16: all day

Synergology is a form of communication based on the non–verbal aspect. It is a method of specialized interpretation and analysis of unconscious bodily movements. Using this method, Stephen Bunard will draw your attention on what you say without expressing it, on what your body and gestures convey and how they're perceived by the audience. He will use your video recorded presentations during the training.

Stephen Bunard is the most requested coach in France and in Europe in public speaking for leaders and non-verbal communication. He teaches frequently at ENA, HEC Executive Education and at Université Paris-Dauphine. His analysis of public figures like politicians or CEOs are greatly recognized and he is regularly invited by the french and international media. He is the author of the book "Leurs gestes disent tout haut ce qu'ils pensent tout bas" (First, 2014).


7. Strategic project implementation

  • June 19: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • June 20: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

You have created your idea/plan/project? It's now time to make it happen through the project-based approach. This goes beyond project management by focusing on the strategic aspects of a project or a task: how to pitch it, how to sell it, how to implement it in a way that earns you trust of your board or line manager and how to make people aware of your results.

Abel Polese is a senior researcher at Dublin City University and Tallinn University. He is mainly interested in informal and alternative mechanisms of governance and theory and practice of development. In addition to his academic work, his project “Sustainable Development in Cultural Diversity” received the Global Education Award by the Council of Europe in 2011. He his co-editor of "Studies of Transition States and Societies" and has authored a number of resource tools and scientific articles in 9 languages. His most recent books are: "Informal Economies in Post-Socialist Spaces: Practices, Institutions and Networks" (Palgrave) that he co-edited with Jeremy Morris and "Nation-Building and Identity in the post-Soviet Space: New tools and approaches" (Ashgate) that he co-edited with Rico Isaacs.


8. Other Modules

Please note that other activities and modules may still be offered. 

Check this page for regular updates. 

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