Social Sciences

Introducing students to Sciences Po's core subjects


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.


Download the calendars for the social sciences track for each 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. Specific class schedules will be communicated to enrolled students approximately one month before the start of the session.

Time slots marked for elective courses are applicable only to students who register for an optional elective course. Otherwise, these time slots are free.


June session: 2-25 June 2020

Body, Mind and Soul at War

  • Professor: Guillaume Piketty
  • Disciplines: History, Philosophy, Sociology

Read the 2020 course overview for "Body, Mind, and Soul at War".

Economic Development and Globalization: Processes, Strategies and Outcomes

  • Professor: Marc Lautier
  • Disciplines: Economics

Read the 2020 course overview for "Economic Development and Globalization".

Media and Politics

  • Professor: Emiliano Grossman
  • Discipline: Political Science

Read the 2020 course overview for "Media and Politics".

World Politics

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

Read the 2020 course overview for "World Politics".

July 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".

The European Union at a Crossroads: Issues and Policies

  • Professors: Jan Rovny, Francesco Saraceno, Imola Streho

  • Disciplines: Political Science, Economics, Law, History

Read the 2020 course overview for "The European Union at a Crossroads".

Fighting Poverty: Issues and Policies

  • Professors: Flore Gubert and Anne-Sophie Robilliard
  • Disciplines: Economics, Public Policy

Read the 2020 course overview for "Fighting Poverty: Issues and Policies".

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

Migration Issues in Comparative Perspective

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

Populism in Europe and the Americas: Actors, causes and reactions

  • Professor: Steven M. Van Hauwaert
  • Disciplines: Political Science, Sociology

Social Policies: Europe, the U.S. and the Politics of Welfare

  • Professors: Bruno Palier, Allison Rovny, Konstantinos Eleftheriadis
  • Disciplines: Public Policy, Political Science

Sustainable Development and Climate Action: Global challenges and policy options

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