Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
- A ﬁnal research paper, to be handed in at the end of the semester (two thirds of the ﬁnal mark). In this assignment, students will be asked to challenge a classical concept or theory of international relations using the materials and topics covered in class. No oral presentation will be requested. Pedagogical method : Interactive seminars, alternating lectures and discussions. Course Description : The course will connect classical theories of international relations with practical case-studies and examples of environmental changes, and will propose new conceptual frameworks on this basis. Climate change has now grown from a scientiﬁc concern to one of the most pressing political issues of our time. Yet it continues to be often regarded as an environmental issue, which could solved through technical measures and environmental policies. This course challenges this assumption and shows how climate change poses a signiﬁcant challenge to international relations, as well as to the very concepts they rely on : territory, sovereignty, justice. Though the Paris Agreement, negotiated at COP21 in 2015, constitutes the ﬁrst universal agreement on climate change, the views and policies on climate change remain anchored in national contexts. As we are now entering the Anthropocene, the 'Age of Humans', what will international relations look like in a world transformed by climate change ? Required reading : Burke, A., Fishel, S., Dalby, S., & Levine, D. J. (2016). Planet Politics : A Manifesto from the End of IR. Millennium : Journal of International Studies, 44(3), 499–523. doi :10.1126/sciadv.1400253 ; Dalby, S. (2014) Environmental Geopolitics in the Twenty-First Century, Alternatives : Global, Local, Political 39 (1) : 1–14 ; Dryzek, J. (2015) Institutions for the Anthropocene : Governance in a Changing Earth System. British Journal of Political Science, November : 1–20. doi : 10.1017/ S0007123414000453.
Teachers : Manfred HAFNER (Economiste et Professeur). Pedagogical format : Seminar Course validation : The course evaluation will consist of ongoing active and intelligent class participation, Mid-Term and a Final Exam. Exam questions will consist both of some questions allowing to evaluate understanding of some major concepts, as well as some questions allowing to evaluate the ability to apply the material learned to real-life questions (for example advising a policy maker or a CEO of a company on a speciﬁc problem). In the evaluation, conciseness and precision of the answers to the questions asked will be relevant. Mid-Term and Final exam grade will contribute each by 40% of the ﬁnal grade, while active and intelligent class-participation will contribute by 20% of the ﬁnal grade. Workload : Students are expected to regularly do the assigned readings. After every lecture, the Professor will send out an email assigning speciﬁc readings to deepen the topic of the lecture and to assign readings to prepare for the next class. The readings are complementary to the lectures. Pedagogical method : The Course will be organized in an interactive and ﬂexible manner. Before and after each class speciﬁc reading assignments will be sent out by email in order to prepare for the next lecture and to deepen the material covered in the previous lecture. Course Description : This interdisciplinary course addresses the issue of Decarbonization of energy systems and the potential future role of Renewable Energy Sources from a technological, economic and policy perspective. Expectations on the future role of renewable sources of energy are very high, but are scenarios of decarbonisation realistic ? This course will review the promises and pitfalls of individual renewable energy sources alternatives and their integration in energy systems, in view of allowing full critical understanding of the conditions under which these may come to play a truly important role in global energy supplies. Objective of the course : To get a good understanding of the state of the art and the expected developme