Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
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. 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.
Teachers : Can Askan MAVI (Etudiant doctorant), Katrin MILLOCK (Chargée de recherche). Prerequisite : The course assumes no previous prerequisites in economics. It will aim to be as non-technical as possible, but there will extensive use of graphical arguments and some simple algebra. Pedagogical format : Lecture alone Course validation : The course grade is based on a written midterm exam (30%) in class before the October break, a take-home assignment with a practical calculation exercise (20%) to be handed in in November, and a ﬁnal written exam (50%) scheduled during ﬁnals week in December. Pedagogical method : Lecture format, but active participation is expected from students. The lectures will be complemented with tutorials in which students can bring up speciﬁc questions related to the material, in particular for those who have not studied economics before. Course Description : The course provides an introduction to the economic analysis of natural resource extraction. Students will become familiar with economic deﬁnitions of resources and reserves and measures of resource scarcity. The course will introduce the main economic principles for analyzing non-renewable and renewable resources, with examples from the mining sector, ﬁsheries and forestry. We will discuss the role of natural resources for economic growth and the evidence of a “natural resource curse”. The course will also cover the political economy of resources and the link between natural resources and conﬂicts, in particular. We will discuss some economic principles for sustainable resource management and compare the impacts of different policy instruments to regulate the extraction of non-renewable resources or common pool renewable resources. Although this is natural resource economics, the course is open to students with different backgrounds, since past experience has shown that students who are committed to studying the material do well regardless of background. To be well prepared and to better understand the economic reasoning, I suggest reading