Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
NB : Because there is so much to learn about Africa and America during this period, the course does not strive for exhaustive coverage. Instead, we will consider a variety of casestudies. Though we will cover nearly every major region within these cases, some will receive particular attention in a effort to balance breadth and depth of historical knowledge. Required reading : to be deﬁned.
the Supreme Court). Each student will incarnate a different role for each Moot Court – as Counsel for the Plaintiff or the Defendant, or as one of the Justices of the Court. Required reading : U.S. Constitution Annotated : (students will read the Constitution & excerpts of annotations as assigned), Congress.gov - The Library of Congress –Researchers – Virtual Programs & Services ; Amendments to the Constitution ﬁrst through tenth amendments (students will read excerpts), Authenticated US gov information - https ://www.congress.gov/content/conan/ pdf/GPO-CONAN-REV-2016-10-1.pdf ; Explore the founding documents : (students should peruse portions of the section on the Constitution), National Archives - https ://www.archives. gov/founding-docs/constitution ; Making Our Democracy Work : A Judge's View (students will read exerpts), Justice Stephen Breyer, Doubleday 2010 ; Making Your Case : The Art of Persuading Judges (students will read exerpts), Judges Antonin Scalia & Bryan A. Gamer - West Publishing Company 2008 - See video : https ://www. youtube.com/watch ?v=kz3mL0A3FsI.
AMERICAN CIVILIZATION : KEY DECISIONS OF THE U.S. SUPREME COURT
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Ronald LYNDAKER (Coordinator for language studies at Sciences Po). Pedagogical Format : Elective Course validation : - Three Worksheet assignments & Three In class write-ups : 20% - Mid-term (15%) and Final (30%) Brief or Judicial Reasoning paper - Team Co-teaching Case Presentation : 10% - Mid-term (5%) and Final (20%) Moot Court Oral Argument Course Description : This course will focus on constitutional texts and several of their important doctrines through an examination of historic and modern contexts of key decisions of the Supreme Court. In so doing, the distribution of power over the three branches of the federal government and the states will be discussed. Individual rights and liberties, guaranteed through due process, equal protection and other clauses of the Bill of Rights, along with Amendments passed after the Civil War, will all be primary points of interest. This is a writing-intensive course. In class and home work will require write-ups of short answer worksheets and in-class quizzes or reaction papers. Students will also prepare two well-ordered Briefs or judicial reasoning papers, explaining arguments for positions on a proposed Constitutional Problem/Case, which will serve as preparation for taking part in two Moot Court exams (simulations of the Oral Argument before 130
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Patrick LE BIHAN (Assistant Professor in Tenure Track). Pedagogical Format : Elective Course Description : This course has three substantive and one methodological objective. Substantively, the course ﬁrst asks whether it is possible to deﬁne what a good public policy is. We start by discussing utilitarian, egalitarian, and libertarian views on how to evaluate public policies and present the many existing trade-offs to think about when considering what public policy goals to pursue. We then discuss Arrow's theorem and show that it is not possible to deﬁne a coherent collective view over public policy goals from individual preferences without violating some fairness conditions. Attaining the general will may be illusory. Despite these shortcomings we show that it is nonetheless possible to identify public policy outcomes that are clearly undesir-