Social Sciences

Introducing students to Sciences Po's core subjects

SOCIAL SCIENCES TRACK OVERVIEW (JUNE AND/OR JULY SESSION)

The social sciences track offers Summer School students the opportunity to delve into a fundamental subject of the Sciences Po curriculum. Students in the social sciences track choose one core class of intensive study, which takes the form of 36 contact hours per month. Summer courses are offered in the following areas of study: international relations, political science, economics, history, and more.

All social sciences classes are taught in English. As part of the application process, candidates who are not native English speakers need to demonstrate an advanced level of English.  Learn more about how to demonstrate English language proficiency on the Eligibility page.

Students can choose from the following social sciences courses below for the Summer 2021.

2021 SOCIAL SCIENCES SUMMER COURSES

June session | Online

Courses in the June session of the social sciences track will be offered exclusively online. The overall format and content of the courses has been maintained and they will be held in a live, synchronous format to allow for students and professors to participate in interactive discussions. Courses will be held in 2-3 hour time slots between 1:30 PM and 6 PM Paris time (CET). Exact course schedules will be available in the coming weeks.

Download the schedule for the online social sciences track in June 2021 (pdf, 331 KB).

Economic Development and Globalization: Processes, Strategies, and Outcomes 

(Online)

  • Professor: Marc Lautier
  • Disciplines: Economics

Read the 2021 course syllabus for "Economic Development and Globalization."

Fighting Inequalities and Social Risks in the 21st Century: A global perspective

(Online)

  • Professor: Emanuele Ferragina
  • Discipline: Sociology

Read the 2021 course syllabus for "Fighting Inequalities and Social Risks".

To learn more about the two courses he is teaching this summer, here's an interview with professor Ferragina.

Media and Politics 

(Online)

  • Professors: Emiliano Grossman and Tatiana Coutto
  • Disciplines: Political Science

Read the 2021 course syllabus for "Media and Politics." 

To learn more about this course, here's an interview with professors Emiliano Grossman and Tatiana Coutto

World Politics 

(Online)

  • Professor: Hélène Thiollet
  • Disciplines: International Relations, Political Science

Read the 2021 course syllabus for "World Politics."

July session | Online or on-campus

Given current public health regulations and restrictions on international travel that prevent many students from attending the programme in person, we have chosen to offer certain courses online in order to allow participants from all over the world to study at Sciences Po this summer, while other courses will remain taught on campus (see details below).

Sciences Po has made this decision in order to limit the number of students present on campus this summer. This will help us to enforce social distancing and respect public health measures to ensure a safe learning experience for students attending the on-campus Summer School. Sciences Po respects all public health regulations for higher education institutions; measures may evolve following new government recommendations. You can find more information about health regulations currently in force at Sciences Po on our Covid-19 FAQ.

JULY COURSES OFFERED ON CAMPUS:

While Sciences Po expects to be able to welcome students on campus in July, we are closely following the local public health situation. If the context evolves so that Sciences Po can no longer comfortably host students on campus, the Summer School will move all on-campus social sciences courses online. While we strongly hope to offer these courses on campus, candidates should be aware that they may take place online. The Summer School will update its website and inform candidates and students of any programme changes.

Download the schedule for the on-campus social sciences track in July 2021 (pdf, 350 KB). 

The Age of Economists

(On campus)

  • Professor: David Duhamel

  • Disciplines: Economics, History

Read the 2021 course syllabus for "The Age of Economists." 

The European Union at a Crossroads: Issues and Policies

(On campus)

  • Professors: Jan Rovny, Francesco Saraceno, Imola Streho, David Cadier

  • Disciplines: Political Science, Economics, Law, History

Read the 2021 course syllabus for "The European Union at a Crossroads."

Human Security

(On campus)

  • Professor: Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh

  • Disciplines: International Relations, Public Policy

Populism and Democracy in Comparative Perspective 

(On campus) 

  • Professor: Steven M. Van Hauwaert

  • Disciplines: Political Science, Sociology

Sustainable Development and Climate Action: Global challenges and policy options 

(On campus) 

  •  Professor: Tancrède Voituriez
  • Disciplines: Public Policy, Economics, International Relations

JULY COURSES OFFERED ONLINE:

The overall format and content of courses taught online has been maintained and they will be held in a live, synchronous format to allow for students and professors to participate in interactive discussions. Courses will be held in 2-3 hour time slots between 1:30 PM and 6 PM Paris time (CET). Exact course schedules will be available in the coming weeks.

Download the schedule for the online social sciences track in July 2021 (pdf, 337 KB). 

Economics for a Better World: Issues and Policies in Low-Income Countries

(Online)

  • Professors: Olivia Bertelli, Véronique Gille and Kenneth Houngbedji

  • Disciplines: Economics, Public Policy

Read the 2021 course syllabus for "Economics for a Better World: Issues and Policies in Low Income Countries." 

Global Diplomacy: Theory and Practice

(Online)

  • Professor: Thierry Balzacq

  • Discipline: International Relations

Read the 2021 course syllabus for "Global Diplomacy: Theory and Practice." 

Human Rights and Global Development

(Online)

  • Professors: Jeremy Perelman, Olivier De Schutter, Joaquin Velez Navarro
  • Disciplines: Political Science, Economics, Law

Migration Issues in Comparative Perspective

(Online)

  • Professor: Ariane Chebel d'Appollonia
  • Disciplines: International Relations, Public Policy

A Rising Invisible Majority? Capital, Labour and the Welfare State in Contemporary Political Economy

(Online)

  • Professor: Emanuele Ferragina

  • Disciplines: Sociology, Social Policy 

Read the 2021 course syllabus for "A Rising Invisible Majority."  

To learn more about the two courses he is teaching this summer, here's an interview with professor Ferragina.

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