Pre-College Programme Electives

  • Pre-College Programme students in class (Photo: Manuel Braun)Pre-College Programme students in class (Photo: 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 14 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.

2022 Elective courses 

Advocating for Migrant Rights: What can the law do?

  • No more spots available for Session 1 only
  • Professor: Bastien Charaudeau
  • Overview: This elective course introduces students to the interdisciplinary study of the law and social change from the migration phenomena. It addresses the function of law in society, especially its potential as either a lever of social change or an instrument for state oppession. View the course overview for Advocating for Migrant Rights (PDF, 94 Kb)

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. 

  • No more spots available for Session 1 and Session 2
  • 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, 77 Kb) 

Foreign Policy and International Relations in a Globalized World 

  • Cancelled for Session 1 and course full for Session 2
  • 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 (PDF, 100 Kb)

Get a Deal: International Negotiation in Practice 

  • Course full for Session 1 and for Session 2
  • 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, 97 Kb)

(Re)Thinking Social Identities: Nationalism, Ethnicity and Politics

  • Course full for Session 2 
  • Professor: Adam Lenton
  • Overview: In this course, students reflect on how social identities both shape and are shaped by politics. Based on contemporary political issues, the course discusses why identity is of central importance for social scientists and citizens alike. The course also provides perspectives across the social sciences and humanities to think and further engage with this central concept. View the course overview for (Re)Thinking Social Identities (PDF, 64 Kb)

Social Class: How Inequalities Shape our Lives 

  • Course full for Session 1 and for Session 2
  • 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, 79 Kb)

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