Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
drivers of energy consumption ; what instrument (or package) would be more suited in a given situation ; how to actually design a policy intervention ? Special attention will be given to the multiple bjectives of energy policies (economic, social, environmental). Required reading : A Farewell to Fossil Fuels, Answering the Energy Challenge, Amory B. Lovins Foreign Affairs. March / April 2012 ; Supplemental readings will be posted on the website.
A website. You will use the white paper to build a media rich website. It will enrich the linear narrative of the white paper and allow you to illustrate aspects of the controversy that visual material will bolster. You will use a template developped by Medialab so you are NOT expected to become web designers in the Fall 2016. You will be evaluated on your ability to think with visual material and to imagine ways of organizing in a website the variety of evidence that you will have to present so the readers can understand the controversy. Workload : This is a project course. As such it is experimental and the delivery (the combined white paper and website) will be the direct result of your involvement in your group. Expect to read a lot and to discuss a lot. Readings and discussions will be mostly about the case your group will study, so solidly grounded in a controversial situation that needs to be understood, analyzed and explained in objective and scientiﬁc manners. Pedagogical method : As a project based course, you will work intensely with your group, under the supervision of your group teacher. Each week, you will meet your group to work on an assignment, and you will present your ﬁndings during class to your group teacher and to your classmates. Some weeks, your group will be organized in subgroups. Other weeks (but rarely apart from the introduction) you will meet with the whole class. One of the important by-product of this course is to learn the ethics and methods of working on a class project over 3 months. At a time of increasing complexity of questions that you will have to tackle, whether in the industry, in national state agencies or in academia, working by oneself is less and less an option. Course Description : In this course, you will learn to study a sociotechnical controversy involving both political, social and scientiﬁc questions and for which no collective agreement has yet been found. This is a project/case-based course where you will work in a group of like-minded students willing to advance knowledge and invent a new hybrid form of scholarship straddling scientiﬁc social sciences and resolution of conﬂict. This is an exercise in a new diplomacy requiring both cultural sensitivity and new forms of scientiﬁc skills for you to analyze them objectively. You will work in teams of up to 15 students. Each team will be supervised by an instructor who has extensive knowledge of the topic and has experience studying controversies.
MAPPING CONTROVERSIES : CRYPTOCURRENCIES, ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT : ALTERNATIVES TO THE PROOF OF WORK
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English ; French
Opened to the exchange program
Teachers : ksenia ERMOSHINA (Etudiante doctorante). Pedagogical format : Seminar Course validation : You will be evaluated along three axes : A weekly evaluation. Every week, we will ask you to + search documents pertaining to your controversy and to + analyse them using a series of methods and tools that we will teach you. You will collectively build a database that will become the natural resource for scholars and journalists willing to learn and understand your controversy. This database will be made public on the PSIA website once the term is over. A white paper. The insights gained from becoming specialists of your controversy will be consolidated into a white paper. The point of the paper is to sharpen the contentious points of the controversy and clarify its dynamics. So this is « white » as in normatively neutral but decidedly engaged in moving the controversy out