Campus euro-américain et Europe-Afrique, Reims
The quality and relevance on the contribution during the course for 10%. Workload : Reading of articles. Before each session, students are asked to read the texts to study with 1 or 2 articles and to think about the major issue so as to be able to participate in the discussion. The papers to read include the major points of the session, but further studies can be made. Oral presentation. Each student, working in a team, has to make once an oral presentation on one subject. The presentation must be backed by a PowerPoint which must include a short bibliography. The oral presentation must be balanced between the 2 students and each one has to speak about 10 to 15 minutes. The content of the presentation is open, but must include a short background, a study of the text and an explanation of its signiﬁcance. Essay. Students are asked to write a short essay from 2000 to 2500 words. This essay is an important part of their work. The subject is freely chosen. It only needs to be related to the topics studied in the course and should be felt as dealing on an important question for the student. No speciﬁc way to organize and present the work is required. It only needs to be clear, easy to understand and comprehensive.It should be a practical paper on a “problématique”. Students should prove ability to present an issue, understand all its aspects, assert a position which takes into account the opposite arguments and asses the consequences of their choices for solutions. Course Description : The seminar's objective is to make a comprehensive review of the way the US think defense and security issues. It aims at providing the knowledge and the methodology necessary to understand the present issues and the way they are addressed in the US. At the end of the seminar Students should be able to have an in-depth understanding of the way policymakers as well as ordinary citizens think, react and express their will when security is concerned in the United States of America. They should also have a prospective view on the way the US will enact their polic. This seminar is neither a general course nor a tutorial and will not encompass a comprehensive theoretical approach. It is an in-depth contact with texts rather than a general study of broad themes which could work
for any country. It goes to the core thinking rather than the commentaries. The selected texts are examples of the main concerns in security and tell the story of the way the US were built as a nation and evolved to become the ﬁrst power in the world. They range from the ﬁrst days of independence to the last present times evolvements. These texts are also reﬂecting the way the ﬁrst worldwide power thinks the world order to keep a situation in which the US interests are properly addressed. They also teach a lot on the way the US think about themselves. Required reading : to be deﬁned.
WAR & VIOLENCE IN EASTERN EUROPE (1914-1953)
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Paul LENORMAND (Etudiant doctorant). Pedagogical format : Elective Course validation : Course requirements include : regular attendance in section (conférence de méthode), participation in which will be graded (30%) ; a short oral review of the day's reading (20%) ; a ﬁnal paper on a topic chosen by the student in agreement with the instructor. The paper must be of 2,000 to 3,000 words in length i.e. 6 to 10 pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12 (50%). The oral review consists in a critical presentation of the reading's content followed by a personal appreciation of the reading's value for the understanding of Eastern European peculiarities. The paper is expected to ask a question and to answer it in a structured and comprehensive way, by making clear arguments and providing relevant examples. Pedagogical method : The sessions will be organized as follows : Review of the readings by the designated students ; Debate on the readings ; 603