Social Sciences

Introducing students to Sciences Po's core subjects

SOCIAL SCIENCES TRACK OVERVIEW (on campus and online)

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.

In order to allow students from all over the world to benefit from Sciences Po's experience, the 2022 Summer School will offer both on campus and online options in June and July. 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.

To go further, students in the Social Sciences track can add a 24h elective course (3 ECTS) to learn French or discover French culture through a new perspective. These elective courses will be offered exclusively for the on campus sessions.

The detailed course schedule will be available about 3 weeks before the start of the programme.

The following social sciences courses will be offered during the Summer 2022. Please note that due to popular demand, the course "Human Security" in the July session was moved on campus. 

June 2022 session | Courses offered online

The overall format and content of courses taught online 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).

Download the schedule for the online social track in June 2022 (PDF, 130 KB)

Fighting Inequalities and Social Risks in the 21st Century: A Global Perspective

  • Professor: Emanuele Ferragina
  • Discipline: Sociology

Read the 2022 course syllabus for "Fighting Inequalities and Social Risks" (PDF, 188 KB)

Download the course schedule for "Fighting Inequalities and Social Risks" (PDF, 127 KB)

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

World Politics

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

Read the 2022 course syllabus for "World Politics" (PDF, 942 KB).

Download the course schedule for " World Politics" (PDF, 147 KB)

June 2022 session | Courses offered on campus

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

  • We no longer accept applications for this course

  • Professors: Olivia Bertelli, Véronique Gille and Kenneth Houngbedji

  • Disciplines: Economics, Public Policy

Read the 2022 course syllabus for "Economics for a Better World: Issues and Policies in Low Income Countries" (PDF, 928 KB).

Download the schedule for "Economics for a Better World: Issues and Policies in Low Income Countries" (PDF,134 KB)

To learn more, read this article about studying economics at the Summer School.

Media and Politics (full)

  • We no longer accept applications for this course

  • Professors: Tatiana Coutto
  • Disciplines: Political Science

Read the 2022 course syllabus for "Media and Politics" (PDF, 1,61 MB).

Download the course schedule for "Media and Politics" (PDF, 125 KB)

To learn more about this course, here's an interview with Professor Tatiana Coutto.

July 2022 session | Courses offered online

The overall format and content of courses taught online 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).

Download the schedule for the online social sciences track in July 2022 (PDF, 127 KB).

Contemporary Challenges to Democracy

Human Rights and Global Development

  • Professors: Jeremy Perelman, Margot Salomon, Joaquin Velez Navarro
  • Disciplines: Political Science, Economics, Law

Read the 2022 course syllabus for "Human Rights and Global Development" (PDF, 132 KB)

Download the course schedule for "Human Rights and Global Development" (PDF, 129 KB)

July 2022 session | Courses offered on campus

Download the schedule for the on-campus social sciences track in July 2022 (PDF, 147 KB).

The Age of Economists

  • Few spots left for this course

  • Professor: David Duhamel

  • Disciplines: Economics, History

Read the 2022 course syllabus for "The Age of Economists" (PDF, 1.24 MB)

Download the course schedule for " The Age of Economists" (PDF, 110 KB)

To learn more about this course, here's an interview with Professor Duhamel.

The European Union at a Crossroads: Issues and Policies (full)

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

  • Disciplines: Political Science, Economics, Law, History

Read the 2022 course syllabus for "The European Union at a Crossroads" (PDF, 122 KB)

Download the course schedule for "The European Union at a Crossroads" (PDF, 112 KB)

Global Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (full)

  • Professor: Thierry Balzacq

  • Discipline: International Relations

Read the 2022 course syllabus for "Global Diplomacy: Theory and Practice" (PDF, 862 KB)

Download the course schedule for " Global Diplomacy: Theory and Practice" ( PDF, 173 KB)

Human Security ( new course offered on campus)

  • Few spots left for this course

  • Professor: Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh

  • Disciplines: International Relations, Public Policy

Read the 2022 course syllabus for "Human Security" (PDF, 130 KB)

Download the course schedule for "Human Security" (PDF, 131 KB)

To learn more about this course, here's an interview with Professor Tadjbakhsh

Racism, Identity and Diversity: Comparative Perspective

  • Few spots left for this course
  • Professor: Ariane Chebel d'Appollonia
  • Disciplines: International Relations, Public Policy

Read the 2022 course syllabus for "Racism, Identity and Diversity: Comparative Perspective" (PDF, 994 KB).

Download the course schedule for " Racism, Identity and Diversity: Comparative Perspective" (PDF, 111 KB).

To learn more about this course, here's an interview with Professor Chebel d'Appollonia

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

  • Professor: Emanuele Ferragina

  • Disciplines: Sociology, Social Policy

Read the 2022 course syllabus for "A Rising Invisible Majority" (PDF, 2.01 MB).

Download the course schedule for " A Rising Invisible Majority" ( PDF, 113 KB)

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

Sustainable Development and Climate Action: Global Challenges and Policy Options (full)

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

Read the 2022 course syllabus for "Sustainable Development and Climate Action" (PDF, 84 KB)

Download the course schedule for " Sustainable Development and Climate Action" (PDF, 117 KB)

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