Program and contents :
Teaching objectives :
The objective of this course is to present current issues dealing with political science
so as to be sufficiently equipped with some of the fundamentals for understanding our
Contents - Program
1. Understand the development and the extreme diversity of the Western model, beyond the common denominators, via a comparative study of different systems and political regimes in Europe and the USA:
• Introduction to the main principles (Rule of Law - Constitutional Justice - Universal Suffrage)
• Understanding the institutions and the actors (Chief of State – Head of Government - Parliament)
• Operating mechanisms and techniques (nomination, responsibility, dissolution, passing laws, referendum, etc.)
• Introduction to different state structures (Federal State, Unitary State, region variants)
• Comparative politics (France, USA, etc.)
2. Analysis in the form of discussions/debates on certain current issues:
• Web-democracy / the Internet as a political resource
• Human Rights and Public Liberties
• Changing citizenship
• Integration or Communitarianism
• Sovereignty and national identity
• Crisis in representation and political detraction? Toward a revival?
• New emergencies and political priorities: Environment, Ecology and Sustainable
• The institutional question of Europe / the mini treaty / What does being European
• A new elector? / Political behavior
• Does the traditional state still have a future?
• Political parties and their evolution 2007 / 2008
• Does the left/right division still have a sense?
• Should the 5th Republic be reformed?... or change politics?
Assessment method :
The participants of this elective course must submit a 10-page paper, done independently, dealing with a subject related to the issues dealt with in one of the themes studied in class.