Online Learning at the Summer School
- Sciences Po student studying online ©Vincent Watel / Sciences Po
Every year the Sciences Po Summer School brings together curious minds, who are keen to expand their knowledge of the social sciences through intense coursework, and to expand their perspectives through international friendships. While in previous years this experience has taken place on the Paris Campus of Sciences Po, this opportunity has now expanded beyond France. Driven by the challenge to innovate during an unprecedented time, our team has sought to transform our University Programme to meet the growing demands for online learning. Students, graduates and professionals from around the world can now participate in the Sciences Po Summer School from the comfort of their homes, and continue to have access to renowned professors, while connecting to an international online community.
Learning Online Together
Building on the success of last year’s first online offering, the Summer School has developed an expertise in online education and continues to adapt to an evolving educational landscape. In 2020, we welcomed 140 students representing 37 different nationalities for an online edition of the University Programme; 97% of participants were satisfied or very satisfied with this experience. Earlier this year, the Summer School transitioned into a different season with the launch of the very first Winter School, providing 104 students the opportunity to experience a new online winter session of the University Programme.
What is it that makes the Sciences Po Summer School so appealing to curious minds? Sciences Po’s reputation for academic excellence is often top of mind, but it is the Summer School’s commitment to an innovative pedagogical approach, coupled with a transformative interpersonal experience, that leaves a lasting impression on all participants. Our innovative pedagogical approach is based on three pillars: Interdisciplinarity, the link between theory and practice, and internationalization. These pillars are incorporated into our online course offerings in June and July. Students can delve into a fundamental subject of the Sciences Po curriculum by taking one core course of intensive study in areas such as international relations, political science, economics, history, and more.
Take a look at the online courses for June and July 2021.
Connected Coursework in an Interactive Environment
Today, students demand for online learning that goes beyond streaming and recorded sessions. Our online courses provide an exclusive experience in a live, synchronous format to allow for students and professors to participate in interactive discussions and debates. Courses are organised in small-group, interactive seminars that are held in 2-3 hour time slots and that accommodate various time zones around the world. The seminars include lectures, group sessions and presentations. Class sizes are capped to allow for more intimate interactions and for the opportunity to forge connections through small groups. Students also have access to all of Sciences Po's learning and research tools via their student account, which gives them full access to the online resources of Sciences Po's library. Learning extends beyond the coursework, as students can participate in the Summer School's Speaker Series with public and academic speakers from the Sciences Po community. These online conferences allow participants to discuss key issues with experts and thus further their understanding of issues in France and Europe.
Creating a Community with Global Perspectives
Although the online courses are certainly intense, creating connections and lasting friendships with classmates from around the world is also a key component of the Summer School experience. Through the exchange of ideas and perspectives, students learn about local and international issues in various countries and continents. After classes, students can get to know each other and enjoy a variety of online social and cultural activities organized by the Summer School team. These include icebreakers, coffee socials and escape games, as well a campus tour and a presentation about further studies at Sciences Po. For the Francophiles and those curious to learn more about French culture, there are several virtual visits of French landmarks and museums, such as the Chateau de Versailles and the Louvre Museum, which is the most visited museum in the world! This year we are also offering professional skills workshops to help students explore and develop skills that are important for the workplace, such as presentation skills and online professional branding. Here’s more about our social and cultural programme.
Curious to learn more about our online courses and our international community at Sciences Po?
- June session (online): May 3rd, 2021
- July session (online and on campus): May 31st, 2021
More from our professors about online learning at the sciences po Summer School:
Professor Emanuele Ferragina is teaching two online courses for the University Programme during the 2021 Summer School: "Fighting Inequalities and Social Risks in the 21st Century: A Global Perspective"(June session) and “A Rising Invisible Majority? Capital, Labour and the Welfare State in Contemporary Political Economy” (July session).
“It was a fantastic experience. The fact of meeting up every day for almost three weeks built a good sense of community. While, I understand that online teaching cannot always replace our traditional way of working, it has some considerable advantage. I think online teaching allows students who are less comfortable to speak publicly to participate more. Honestly, it never happened to me while teaching traditional classes, to have a group of 25 students so involved. The mixture of discussions and the use of the chat made the course incredibly lively, definitely a great experience!”
Here’s our most recent interview with Emanuele to find out more about his approach in addressing these issues and what you can expect to learn in his online courses!
During the June online session of the University Programme, Professor Tatiana Coutto will be teaching the course “Media and Politics,” together with Professor Emiliano Grossman.
“There is a critical perspective that comes naturally from the discussions, from the debates, and from the lectures. I would say the main takeaway of the course is the combination of the concepts, data analysis and the critical perspective that comes from working in an international online environment.” –Professor Tatiana Coutto
In this interview, Professors Tatiano Coutto and Emiliano Grossman share about how their online course helps students better understand the complex relationship between media and politics, while also learning new transferable skills for the future.