Pre-College Master Classes

Pre-College Master Classes

Summer 2017
  • Sciences Po professors leading master classes for the 2017 Pre-College ProgrammeSciences Po professors leading master classes for the 2017 Pre-College Programme

The Pre-College Programme is an opportunity for students to discover the social sciences and their relevance to the contemporary world.  In 2017, the programme was structured around four master classes, which introduced students to the key concepts and academic foundations of Sciences Po’s core disciplines.  Led by our professors, they allowed students to apply their knowledge by tackling issues such as sustainable development, conflict and peacebuilding, migration, and the European Union.

European Integration

Jan Rovny, from Sciences Po’s Centre for European Studies (CEE) and the Interdisciplinary Research Center for the Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP), spoke with our students about European integration and its goal to bring peace to a conflicted continent.  His research concentrates on political competition in Europe with the aim of uncovering the ideological conflict lines in different countries. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is also graduate of McGill University (BA) and the College of Europe (MA).  He has previously taught in the United States, the Czech Republic, Germany and Sweden. 

Migration Issues

Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia, a Senior Researcher affiliated with Sciences Po’s Centre for Political Research (CEVIPOF) and a Professor at Rutgers - State University of New Jersey, addressed the issue of migration.  Her recent publications include Frontiers of Fears: Immigration and Insecurity in the United States and Europe (Cornell University Press, 2012); and How Does it Feel to Be a Threat? Migrant Mobilization and Securitization in the US and Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, NYU Series, 2015).  She holds a Ph.D. from Sciences Po.

Peace and Peacebuilding

Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh, a leading expert in human security, discussed the topic of peacebuilding.  She is an expert on radicalization, counter terrorism and human development, who has previously taught at Columbia University and has been a visiting professor or researcher at universities in Kabul, New Delhi, Pretoria, Moscow and Dunshabe. With over two decades of experience with the United Nations, Professor Tadjbakhsh has worked as a consultant for the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia since 2010.  She is co-author of Human Security: Concepts and Implications (Routledge, 2007) and editor of the book Rethinking the Liberal Peace: External Models and Local Alternatives (Routledge 2011).

Sustainable Development

Tancrède Voituriez, director of the Global Governance programme at the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), spoke to students about the multiple facets of sustainable development in the 21st century. His research focuses on trade and green innovation relationships, and on the causes of inertia in the implementation of sustainable development policies.  He has been involved as a coordinator or expert in numerous research projects on globalisation and sustainable development for the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment, among others. He has been lecturer at Sciences Po since 2005.  He holds a PhD in Economics and has taught at Sciences Po since 2005.

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