Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
MASTER IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
Scientific Advisors: Colin Hay and Frédéric Ramel Comparative politics: Kathy Rousselet International relations: Guillaume Devin Mention Relations internationales: Maud Biancardi Political theory: Astrid von Busekist
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Academic Assistants: Comparative politics: Annie Marcilloux
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Mention Théorie politique: Marie-Hélène Kremer Tel.: + 33 (0) 1 45 49 72 06 Email: email@example.com
Programme objectives The Master’s program in political science offers: • training in the theoretical and methodological fundamentals of the discipline, including both qualitative and quantitative methods; • specialized training in a ﬁeld of political science in which Sciences Po excels; • a research thesis constituting a central element in the training. The program is intended particularly for students wishing to pursue academic careers (research and teaching), but also for those envisaging careers in public or private international organizations, or those planning to take competitive examinations for the civil service (especially international or European) or the diplomatic corps. The program provides world-class training in political science, while providing students with the following skills: the ability to conceive and execute a research project, to communicate research ﬁndings, and to think critically and independently. Orientation and speciﬁc features This Master’s program provides research-based training by a team of internationally recognized academics. The two-year Master’s program offers students thorough, high-level training in the theoretical and methodological fundamentals of the discipline. Students must choose a specialization from among the three primary sub-disciplines in political science: • Comparative politics • International relations • Political theory Within each specialization, students take certain required courses covering the ‘fundamentals’, designed to provide them with the essential methodological and epistemological elements for a solid disciplinary understanding. They also take specialized courses dealing with the speciﬁc ﬁeld of their respective subdisciplines. In their ﬁnal semester, students must complete a research thesis, testifying to their ability to organize and utilize their knowledge, to tackle a research question, and to address it in a coherent and informed argument.