PSIA, Master in Environmental Policy
Towards the end of the course, you will work with a web designer of the medialab and will design collectively a website to be hosted on the website of PSIA. You will make a public presentation of the deliverables of the course during a public performance where journalists and concerned parties of your project will be invited. This course will develop a series of skills : - It will teach you to search documents (at times very technical documents) on the web and to organize them in a systematic manner to study them. Studying them will require a series of tools. Each controversy will demand its own unique combination of tools. You will not become masters in each and every of these tools, but you will develop a familiarity and an understanding of the promises and difﬁculties of analyzing dozens or thousands of documents. The delivery of these exercises involving close reading and big data mining will force you to think about modes of presentation. The linear white paper and the more visually driven website will teach you different cultures of demonstration. Required reading : You need to read a book to prepare for the course : Latour, Bruno. 1986. Science in Action. Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press.
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 of its opacity and shedding light on it. You will be helped every step of the way to write it up. Tasks will be assigned on a weekly basis, and roles will be rotated so that all group members get to do everything, that is collect data, analyse and summarize, write sections of the paper, design the main argument of the paper. Workload : This is a project course. As such it is experimental and the delivery (the combined white paper and database) 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 : This course has been labelled as a "PSIA pedagogically innovative course" : Concrete application of theoretical knowledge on a project-based course ; Learning the ethics and methods of working on a class project over 3 months ; Development of strong team work and peers management skills in an international context ; Work on controversial situations and topics with a production of white papers and databases. Since it is 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 1321
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Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Opened to the exchange program
Teachers : Vincent-Antonin LEPINAY (Associate Professor, Sociology Department, Sciences Po). Pedagogical format : Seminar Course validation : You will be evaluated along two 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 data