École d’affaires publiques, Master Affaires européennes
papers. Through the seminar course work, students nurture their analytical skills and develop their ability to write academic papers following international norms. Course Description : This is a core seminar exclusively for the Sciences Po – LSE Double Degree Master Students during their ﬁrst year at Sciences Po. The seminar provides an introduction to research on Europe and European affairs. The aim is to familiarize students with the scientiﬁc literature on politics and governance in the European Union (EU) and to provide an opportunity to engage with academics working on a variety of topics (from minorities to political economy or euroscepticism) and with a diversity of approaches (from sociology to political science and law). Seminars will be either in French or in English. Required readings will help prepare students to each discussion. Required reading : Florence Faucher, 2014. “Leadership Elections : What is at Stake for Parties ? A Comparison of the British Labour Party and the Parti Socialiste”. Parliamentary Affairs, http ://pa.oxfordjournals.org/content/ early/2014/12/07/pa.gsu026..
Class Participation & Discussion (20% of the grade). Participation in this class is extremely important. The class participation grade will derive from regular attendance and everyday discussion and analysis. Please be aware that skipping class (unexcused absences) will impact your grade in this area. Course Description : The course takes a historical-thematic approach and aims to identify both the commonalties and differences in the development of the Central and East European states. The democratization efforts in post-communist Europe were driven by internal factors (domestic politics) or initiated by external actors (international organizations and super powers) and often led to mixed results. During the beginning of the 1990s only few post-communist states have enjoyed a relative successful transition and moved towards a consolidated democracy (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania). For other countries the transition process coincided with the beginning of violent inter-ethnic conﬂicts (Western Balkans). Romania and Bulgaria moved slowly from illiberal/pseudo-democracy to liberal democracy and integrated the EU only in 2007. Farther on, the EU new neighbors, offer a mixed landscape of weak states (Moldova), illiberal democracy (Ukraine), consolidated authoritarian regime (Belarus). So how can we explain this “success”, failure, divergence and convergence of the postcommunist societies ? What are the preconditions of a genuine democratization, of a real revitalization of the societies ? Who or what inﬂuences economic development or its stagnation ? What is the role of international actors (NATO, EU, World Bank, IMF) in democratization process and how does the international community inﬂuence the democratic reforms ? In terms of international relations, new areas of inﬂuenced have emerged. The increasing importance of the Wider Black Sea Region (WBSR) as the focal point of Euro-Atlantic and Euro-Asian security is encapsulated in the conceptualization of the region itself. The deﬁnition of the region is not only a matter of geography but also is related to politics, economics, security and culture. The second part of the seminar analyzes the importance of the Wider Black Sea Region for European security. To this end we shall begin by responding to the following question : what are 1007
POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE AND POSTSOVIET STATES
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Opened to the exchange program
Teachers : Odette TOMESCU (Chef du bureau changement climatique, Direction Générale de la Mondialisation, Ministère des Affaires étrangères). Prerequisite : This is a seminar course. Students will be expected to do the readings in advance and discuss them critically in class and online. Pedagogical format : Elect