Campus de Paris
Teachers : David DUHAMEL (Teacher PhD). Prerequisite : None Pedagogical format : Elective Course validation : Students will be expected to have read, seen or listened to all the required materials ascribed for every class A team-oriented debate :20% A book review : 20% A researched paper of limited length on a preapproved subject : 20% A ﬁnal written test during the last lecture : 30% Oral participation : 10% Pedagogical method : Each course will be devoted to a theme and a reduced number of authors. Economic news and current events 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 use team-oriented debates to 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 “merchandization” of human interaction, etc. etc.). Dialogue will be encouraged. 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, from Tolkien's Sauron to Martin's Littleﬁnger, 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 : Albert O Hirschman, 1977, The Passions and the Interests : Political Arguments for Capitalism Before Its Triumph. Princeton University Press, Princeton ; Tomas Sedlacek, 2011, Economics of Good and Evil, Oxford University Press. ; Additional material : Gapminder. org.
THE AGE OF THE AVANT-GARDE IN PARIS, FROM THE LATE NINETEENTH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Jeremy STUBBS (Enseignant). Pedagogical format : Elective Course validation : Class participation and attendance : 15% ; Group presentation : 30% ; Test in class I : 5% ; Test in class II : 10% ; Dissertation : 40%. Course Description : From the second half of the nineteenth century onwards, Paris was the home to a revolutionary phenomenon dubbed the 'avant-garde'. This rapidly became the model for other avant-gardes elsewhere in the world, from New York to Tokyo. The activity associated with it drew ﬂocks of artists, writers and intellectuals to Paris. The example of the avantgarde, immensely controversial in its own time, has continued to haunt cultural and intellectual activities ever since, through the problems that it poses. Was 'avant-gardism' simply the mark of a limited historical period ? Is its spirit dead ? Can it, should it, be revived ? The tenets of the avantgarde have always aroused both enthusiasm and hostility. 477