Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
Teachers : to be deﬁned. Pedagogical format : Seminar Course Description : The Cold War was a period of high tensions and sometimes armed conﬂict throughout the world which threatened to destroy existence itself. It was based primarily on tensions between two blocs : the Western powers dominated by the United States and its NATO allies and the Eastern bloc dominated by the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies. It began sometime towards the end of or just after World War II and ofﬁcially ended in 1991 — date of the collapse of the Soviet Union. The conﬂict was worldwide with ﬁghting and tensions in every continent. This class will focus on the two superpowers but will also try to examine the perspective of other participants. We will use a variety of sources : public speeches, diplomatic dispatches and ofﬁcial documents, of course, but also personal letters, ﬁlms, television series and literary works. Required reading : Jussi Hanhimäki & Odd Arne Westad, The Cold War : A History in Documents and Eyewitness Accounts (Oxford University Press, 2003).
tural factors, but treats architectural developments in the context of the broader urban changes. The course aims to give students a better awareness of the city as an historical and cultural phenomenon and to open them to architecture through the presentation of a small number of signiﬁcant examples presented in their historical context. Required reading : to be deﬁned.
THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE NATIONAL POLITICAL SYSTEMS
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : François LAFOND (Directeur général). Pedagogical format : Lecture alone Course Description : The European Union has been described as the most sophisticated organisation where supra-national logics have been promoted and decisions taken despite the permanence of powerful Member-States. The nonlinear history of the European Union is the result of such “struggle” among national interests. The ﬁnancial and economic crisis have deeply illustrated these tensions on one of the most successful result of this European project : the Euro. Lately in 2014, the three main European institutions have been renewed opening a new era of the European Union. This 24 hours course will describe the evolution of this “unique” European integration process in its various institutional, political and economic dimensions. After a rapid historical background (2 courses), the course will examine the main European institutions and theirs legal competencies (4 courses).Then, we will focus our attention (4 courses) on some common policies and the interaction with the national interests, from the most integrated (PAC, Competition, Trade, and Monetary) to the less one (Common Foreign and Security Policy). Then the 2 last courses will be dedicated to the main challenges the Member States and the European Union have to address in order to continue to play a relevant role in the globalized world : convergence processes and budget consistency, institutional constellation and supra-nationalism logics. Required reading : to be deﬁned.
THE CONTEMPORARY CITY, URBANISM & ARCHITECTURE
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Stephane KIRKLAND (Directeur d'activité). Pedagogical format : Elective Course Description : The contemporary city, the collective work of generations of civil servants, engineers, architects and many others, can be seen as the greatest cultural accomplishment of Western society. This course examines this legacy through the study of ﬁve great Western cities at critical junctures in their development since the onset of industrialization. The course examines the physical form of the cities in question, the thinking that drove the decisions that crafted them, and the cultural character brought to the cities through the design of their buildings and public spaces. It does not separate architecture from the social, economic and cul666