Campus européen franco-allemand, Nancy
FUNDAMENTALS OF DATA ANALYSIS FOR POLICY MAKERS
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Required reading : http ://www.r-bloggers.com/ ; Stephen Few (2012) : Show Me the Numbers : Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten (Second Edition), Analytics Press ; Naomi B. Robbins (2013) : Creating More Effective Graphs, Chart House..
Teachers : Romain ESPINOSA (PhD in Economics, researcher at Paris Research Center for Law and Economics CRED (TEPP)). Prerequisite : No special knowledge required. Pedagogical format : Elective Course validation : The class will be made out of ﬁve modules. During the ﬁrst class of each module, a new database will be introduced. Every second class of a module, students will have the possibility to hand a reaction paper over (based on one question of their own or on one questions from a list given in class). Students are expected to hand over at least three reaction papers during the semester. Participation in class will also be considered for ﬁnal grading. Workload : Students are expected to be very attentive in class and to go through the past materials from class to class. Students are also asked to follow the news and to keep track of the use of data analysis in public media, government communications, news websites, NGO reports, etc., that will be discussed in class. Course Description : This course will provide the fundamentals of data analysis for students in social sciences without background in statistics. The class' main objective is to make students comfortable with databases enough to integrate data analysis into their other classes. The course will address both theoretical and practical sides of data analysis. On the theoretical side (20% of the class), students will get familiar with descriptive statistics and major statistical concepts (e.g. sample selection, distributions, statistical tests). Applications (80% of the class) will be made on a free statistical software (R). Students need to bring their laptop to classes. We will see how to open datasets and to summarize its main variables of interest. A great emphasis will be put on graphical analysis (e.g. how to draw efﬁcient graphs, how to select the best types of graphs). The class will be divided into ﬁve modules ; each of them will address a widely-used dataset in social sciences (e.g. PolityIV, European Social Survey, World Bank Database).
GEOPOLITICS AND CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Hala ATTIEH HADDAD (Professor, Dr. in political science). Pedagogical format : Elective Course Description : This course focuses on Geopolitics and Conﬂict in the Middle East (causes and consequences), after recalling brieﬂy the historical and geopolitical background, with an emphasis on conﬂict prevention, management and resolution. Moreover, the course examines different threats and challenges to international security such as terrorism, migration and religious extremism. Certain sessions will identify the key actors playing a major role in the Middle East (with an emphasis on the role of emerging powers and of non state actors, population/demographic dynamics, economy, natural resources and technology) and their potential inﬂuence on regional developments. The course also presents the different approaches to conﬂict analysis in order to canvass the conceptual framework within which to analyze the case studies. Required reading : Louise FAWCETT (2013), International Relations of the Middle East, Oxford University Press. ; Colin FLINT (2016), Introduction to Geopolitics, Routledge. ; Anoushiravan EHTESHAMI (2007), Globalization & Geopolitics in the Middle East : Old Games, New Rules, Routledge..
GÉOPOLITIQUE ET JOURNALISME : « DES FRONTIÈRES NOUVELLES EN EUROPE »
Semestre : Automne Nombre d'heures : 24 Langue d'enseignement : français