Pre-College Programme Core Courses
As part of their core courses in the social sciences, all Pre-College students attend a series of 2.5-hour Master Classes, taught by different guest speakers from Sciences Po's faculties. Each Master Class addresses a key contemporary issue through a multidisciplinary approach, typical of Sciences Po education. Structured into an interactive lecture and a question-and-answer period, Master Classes encourage lively discussions among students and renowned professors. Through the diversity of topics addressed by the Master Classes, students learn to understand the complexities of the world through the lens of the social sciences.
In preparation for Master Classes, students participate in interactive, small-group tutorials, which develop their understanding of the material and themes addressed in the Master Classes, including key concepts and required readings. Tutorials also prepare students for university studies in France and abroad by introducing them to the academic methodology that they will encounter in higher education.
The 2023 academic programme will include the following Master Classes:
The Concept of Human Security and its Application to Building Peace
- Professor: Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh
- Master Class Overview: Why does peace fail and conflicts and insecurities abate? Is the problem the conceptualization of the ultimate goal of “peace” or the way that peacebuilding is conducted in practice? This Master Class encourages students to reflect critically on the meanings that have been attached to the concept of peace from different perspectives.
- Download the Master Class Overview for Peacebuilding (PDF, 125 KB).
Refugee and Migrant Issues in Europe
- Professor: Ariane Chebel d'Appollonia
- Master Class Overview: The purpose of this Master Class is to offer a global overview of concerns raised by the (mis)management of refugee flows and by integration of migrant minorities in Europe.
- Download the Master Class Overview for Refugee and Migrant Issues in Europe (PDF, 118 KB).
Voiceless and Invisible Citizens: A New Social Divide?
- Professor: Emanuele Ferragina
- Master Class Overview: This Master Class provides students with a clear understanding of the economic and social dynamics that influence the labour market and the capacity of citizens to participate in social and political life. Throughout the Master Class, students learn how protests and social movements, particularly involving young people, seem to be increasingly related to these dynamics.
- Download the Master Class Overview for Voiceless and Invisible Citizens (PDF, 118 KB).
Facing Nuclear Weapons Challenges in 2023
- Professor: Benoît Pelopidas
- Master Class Overview: This Master Class provides students with tools to assess the validity of claims regarding nuclear weapons to which they may be exposed. The lecture offers a framework for projecting the scope of possible nuclear futures, which are illustrated with untapped primary sources from global nuclear history.
- Download the Master Class Overview for Nuclear Weapons Challenges (PDF, 118 KB).
Contemporary european challenges: calming a conflicted continent
- Professor: Jan Rovny
- Master Class Overview: The main objective of this master class is to introduce the complexity of European integration as a political project aiming to resolve conflicts on the European continent, while simultaneously creating internal political competition over its own nature.
- Download the Master Class Overview for Contemporary European Challenges (PDF, 90 KB).
Populism versus Democracy
- Professor: Nonna Mayer
- Master Class Overview: This Master Class is an introduction to the study of contemporary populisms with social science tools. After defining the concept of populism and the diversity of parties it applies to, the Master Class focuses on the electoral rise of populist radical right parties in France and Europe since the 1990's, its causes and its consequences for democracy.
- Download the Master Class Overview for Populism vs. Democracy (PDF, 127 KB).