Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
Pedagogical format : Elective Course validation : Critical investigation of candidates' programmes for the presidential election, in groups (50%). Oral presentation of news related to environmental issues (25%). Final exam : short-answer test (25%). Workload : For each session, 1-2 student(s) will be designated to provide a newspaper review of environmental topics related to energy and/or natural resources. By groups of 3-5, students will be required to work on a critical investigation of presidency candidate's programmes related to an environmental topic and write a 20-30 pages report based on their reﬂection. Pedagogical method : Sessions will start with a 15 minutes presentation of previous week news about the topic. 10-15 minutes will then be dedicated to discussions about them. During the remaining 1h30, the teachers will develop the course. Questions and discussions will be more than encouraged. Course Description : This course aims at providing students with a systemic approach to environmental issues related to energy provision and natural resources management. As much as possible, it will be based on concrete examples of public policies at various levels (local, national, in France and abroad, and international). Emphasis will be put throughout the course on the need to put environmental consequences of energy and natural resources, as well as the tools to mitigate them, in the broadest perspective. The course will suggest solutions to environmental problems, not trying to convince students of their relevance or completeness, but rather seeking to trigger their reﬂection (and, eventually, constructive criticism) over their efﬁcacy, efﬁciency and potential “second order” consequences. Required reading : Chevalier J.-M., Cruciani M., Geoffron P., Transition énergétique – les vrais choix, Paris, Odile Jacob, 2013.
Teachers : Xavier FLORY (Teaching Assistant), Martin GIBERT (Researcher in Philosophy at GRIN), Margaux LE DONNÉ (Teaching Assistant), Réjane SÉNAC (Researcher in Political Science at CEVIPOF). Prerequisite : Students will need to spend about two hours preparing for each session (required readings and videos). The other requirements are as follows : questionnaires on the materials to be covered before each session (24%), a session summary due one month after the session in question (20%), a letter of gratitude due at mid-term (6%) and a group project due one month after the ﬁnal class (50%). Pedagogical format : Lecture and tutorials Course validation : A group project (such as a website) on an ethical debate covered in the course will count for 50% of the ﬁnal score. Questionnaires on the required readings and videos (one questionnaire per session) will count for 24%. An individual summary of one of the sessions will count for 20%. Lastly, a letter of gratitude will count for 6% of the ﬁnal score. Pedagogical method : Apart from the two introductory sessions, each class will be composed of a one-hour lecture followed by an additional hour of discussion with the invited speaker. As students will have learned the background information ahead of time from the required texts and videos, they should arrive in class having already begun thinking about that session's ethical issues. Course Description : This new course is designed to provide basic knowledge in applied ethics to postgraduate public affairs students. Its theoretical framework is based mainly on Anglo-Saxon moral philosophy, with some emphasis on the utilitarian/deontological debate. Practical cases are illustrated using real-life moral dilemmas. After two introductory lectures, each session will address contemporary ethical issues in various areas, such as public health, conﬂict of interest, transhumanism, immigration, gender discrimination, climate change and animal ethics. The invited lecturers are all leading experts in their respective areas of applied ethics. This course does not require any previous knowledge of philosophy or ethics. Required reading : The required texts will b