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Pre-College Programme electives

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Pre-College Programme students in class (credits: Manuel Braun)

In addition to the core courses in the social sciences, Pre-College Programme students participate in one elective course of their choice (about 18 contact hours). Students can choose one elective course among different introductory workshops within Sciences Po’s key disciplines, such as political science, international relations, law or sociology. They are taught in small groups, which provide students the opportunity to think critically, express their opinions and debate.  

When applying to the Pre-College Programme, candidates select two choices of elective course by order of preference. Definitive enrolment in the elective course is made on a first come, first served basis once students are admitted in the programme. When an elective course reaches its full capacity, the course is no longer open to registration. Given the popularity of some elective courses, we encourage candidates to apply as early as possible to maximize their chance of enrolment in their first choice, if admitted in the programme.

The 2023 academic programme will include the following Elective Courses: 

La démocratie en europe (taught in french)

To participate in this course, a B2 level in French is required and should be added to the applicant's file. 

  • Professor: Mathieu Fulla
  • Overview (in French): Enseigné en français, ce cours entend discuter l’idée selon laquelle l’histoire de l’Europe au XXe siècle serait celle de l’avènement irrésistible de la démocratie libérale et de l’économie de marché, la chute du Mur de Berlin scellant la « fin de l’histoire », pour reprendre la célèbre formule de Francis Fukuyama. Il interrogera enfin les causes du rejet de plus en plus massif par les Européens des structures traditionnelles de la démocratie libérale et les réinventions du politique. 
  • View the course overview for “La Démocratie en Europe” (PDF, FR, 128 KB)

Climate change and international relations

Digital Democracy: Online practices, News production and the challenges of disinformation 

  • Professor: Elisa Mougin
  • Overview: This course provides students with the analytical tools to better think about the issue of being a citizen in a digital world. It will provide students with a better understanding of what news production is an online world, and it will help them to better develop their critical thinking on the challenges related to disinformation. 
  • View the course overview for “Digital Democracy” (PDF, 144 KB)

Foreign policy and international relations in a globalized world 

  • Professor: Carl Rihan
  • Overview: This foundational course introduces students to foreign policy and international relations. Throughout the course, students address how the foreign policy of individual States influences the international order and learn how to elaborate foreign policy action proposal and discuss foreign policy challenges in an informed manner. 
  • View the course overview for “Foreign Policy and International Relations” (PDF, 170 KB)

Get a deal: international negotiation in Practice 

  • Professor: Barthélémy Michalon
  • Overview: In this workshop, students are exposed to a wide variety of scenarios and challenges, especially in an international context, and they need to use negotiation to overcome them. Students are faced with various role-playing situations, such as trade or diplomatic negotiations. This way, theoretical explanations provided in each class are immediately put into practice through interactive exercises and negotiation models. 
  • View the course overview for “Get a Deal” (PDF, 206 KB)

Science & Society

  • Professor: Coline Ferrant
  • Overview: In this course, the development of science is placed in a historical and social context, in order to understand its significance for current political and social issues. Students will develop a critical understanding of scientific knowledge, compare it to other forms of knowledge, and examine the role and limitations of the scientific method.
  • View the course overview for “Science and Society” (PDF, 186 KB)

Social Class: How inequalities shape our lives

  • Professor: Benjamin Brundu-Gonzalez
  • Overview: What is social class? Throughout the course, students examine how economic inequality has risen to record levels and why it matters. After taking the course, students will understand how class shapes our lives in a variety of domains. They will be able to recognize misconceptions about class and stratification whenever and wherever they will be encountered, in political discourse, in the news or on social media. 
  • View the course overview “Social Class” (PDF, 171 KB)

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