Social Sciences

Introducing students to Sciences Po's core subjects

Covid-19 Information: Due to the global Covid-19 outbreak, we have made the decision to cancel the June session and move a selection of the July session courses 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 the following areas of study: international relations, political science, economics, history, and more.

In 2020, all social sciences classes are taught in English. As part of the application process, candidates who are not native English speakers needed to demonstrate an advanced level of English.  Learn more about how to demonstrate English language proficiency on the Eligibility page.


The 2020 University Programme will be held online. Online courses are organized in small-group, interactive seminars. Courses take place via the Zoom platform in a live, synchronous format to allow for maximum interaction. Course length and content is designed for the online format so that students can take full advantage of this learning experience.

Download the calendar for the online social sciences track session: 

Courses in the social sciences track will be scheduled during the time slots marked as "core course" on the calendar - a course may potentially take place at this time. However, each course will have a different schedule, with 36 contact hours distributed during the "core course" time slots depending on the class. Additionally, each class will last approximately two hours, not the full three-hour “core course” time slot. Specific class schedules will be communicated to enrolled students approximately two weeks before the start of the session.

Course times on the schedule are indicated in Paris time (Central European Time). For example, 15:00 in Paris (CET) is:

9:00 in New York City (EST)

14:00 in London (BST)

21:00 in Beijing (CST)

Class schedules for each specific course will be communicated to enrolled students approximately two weeks before the start of the session.


Online session: 29 June - 24 July 2020

The Age of Economists: Globalization, Growth and Inequalities

  • Professor: David Duhamel
  • Disciplines: Economics, History

Read the 2020 course overview for "The Age of Economists". Discover more about the course in an interview with Professor Duhamel.

The European Union at a Crossroads: Issues and Policies

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

  • Disciplines: Political Science, Economics, Law, History

Read the 2020 course overview for "The European Union at a Crossroads". Discover more about the course in an interview with Professor Rovny.

Global Diplomacy: Theory and Practice 

  • Professor: Thierry Balzacq
  • Disciplines: International Relations

Human Rights and Global Development

  • Professor: Jeremy Perelman
  • Disciplines: Political Science, Economics, Law

Human Security

  • Professor: Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh
  • Disciplines: International Relations, Public Policy

Sustainable Development and Climate Action: Global challenges and policy options 

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