Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
revolutionary - because theories of revolution are meaningless if divorced from the empirical reality they are supposed to refer to. The basic concerns of the course are sociological, and much of the substance derives from what is often called the "sociology of revolutions". However, the course also touches on political science and historiography, as well as other ﬁelds, and our classes will have a highly inter-disciplinary spirit. The course is designed not just with the trainee social scientist in mind, but also the informed observer of contemporary political events. Thus, participants will be expected to keep up to date with relevant news and current affairs. Required reading : Foran, John, ed. 1997. Theorizing Revolutions. London : Routledge.
Course Description : “The age of chivalry is gone… now is the age of economists ; and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever.” (Burke, 1790). The course is an overview of how economic thought has risen over the centuries, and how, since WWII, it has inﬂuenced neighboring disciplines such as Political Philosophy, Common Law, Political Science, Sociology and Psychology. Globalization, free trade, growth and its possible end, the crisis, inequalities… all those subjects will be studied. From Gilgamesh and Aristotle to Neuroeconomics and High Frequency Trading, this course aims to contextualize contemporary debates and underline how economics' “way of thinking” is now one of, if not The dominant scheme in our lives, whether it is at individual, societal or planetary levels. As Keynes wrote : “The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual inﬂuence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.” Better be a self-aware economist than the slave of a dead one. Required reading : The Passions and the Interests : Political Arguments for Capitalism Before Its Triumph - Albert O. Hirschman - Princeton University Press – 1977.
THE AGE OF ECONOMISTS : A HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : David DUHAMEL (PhD. Lecturer). Pedagogical format : Lecture alone Course validation : - A research paper : 25% ; - A review (book, article, press, documentary…) : 25% ; - A ﬁnal written test during the last lecture : 50%. : Pedagogical method : Each course will be devoted to a theme. Economic news in the largest sense will be mobilized to emphasize the longevity of our subject. As often as possible we will use a study case whether historical, experimental or empirical. We will also engage discussion and show how the history of economic thought shaped, if not totally constructed, some of our most important contemporary debates (the undesirability of inequalities, the clash of civilization, the worth of Globalization, the “merchandisation” of human interaction, etc.). Dialogue and discussion will be encouraged. On some occasion a “classical topic” will be given an Asian ﬂavor (market design will be applied to the missing women problem, is there an Eastern History of Economic thought ? Is there an Asian challenge to the Age of Economists ?, etc.). 162
THE PHILOSOPHY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Christopher PIRANIO (Esq (Attorney-at-Law), PhD can, MPhil, JD). Pedagogical format : Elective Course validation : Participation 25 pts Mid-term examination (take home, expected week 9) 30 pts Research paper (5,500 words minimum, expected after week 12) 45 pts