Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
Prerequisite : None Pedagogical Format : Elective Course validation : 1. Students are expected to attend all classes, complete all assigned readings and actively participate in class discussions. Absence from more than 2 classes will result in a failing grade. 2. Students are required to make oral presentations individually or in groups, based on the number of students (25% of ﬁnal grade). Oral presentations must be supported by a written version of the presentation (25% of ﬁnal grade). Following their oral presentation students will lead class discussion around their assigned topic. 3. Students will either : write an 8 to 10-page, double-spaced research paper (notes and bibliography included) addressing issues studied over the semester or Complete a digital project (50% of ﬁnal grade) Course Description : What distinctions must be made between New York-black American experiences and realities for Blacks in Paris ? What are the historical linkages between black Americans and Paris ? Between black Americans and black French women and men ? How is “blackness” a category into which all non-white racial others are conscripted ? (e.g. Arab and Roma communities) ? Using an internationalist (speciﬁcally transatlantic) approach and covering the 20th and 21st centuries, this course explores these and other questions over the course of the semester through a close consideration of the literature, arts, culture, history and politics emanating from or dealing with Black Paris and New York. Implicating in particular the real and mythologized site-ciphers that were and are New York, USA and Paris, France, the texts and artifacts examined in this course will consider “race” as both fact and fantasy in the unique, long-historical relationship between black Paris and New York. Required reading : Ta-Nehisi Coates – The Atlantic in Paris (Internet) and Between the World and Me, New York : Speigel & Grau, 2015.
Prerequisite : None Pedagogical Format : Elective Course validation : 2/3 – an oral exam / 1/3 class presentation and involvement during the debates Course Description : What are the political issues, that reﬂect the global resurgence of the theological question of blasphemy which we are witnessing today ? How law and politics can and should deal with religion to integrate it into the more general guarantee of freedom of expression, which serves as a basis for any authentic liberal democracy ? In the last thirty years with the end of social utopias, the return of blasphemy accompanied the return of religion emphasizing the division regarding Human Rights between the North and the South, but also provoking in the North an unprecedented legal activism around these questions. The aim of this course is to understand the historical, legal and theoretical backgrounds of the different ideologies in play towards the question of freedom and religion in the democratic world, but also to identify all the problems that the States have to face in relation to freedom of expression in general and blasphemy in particular. Required reading : John RAWLS, A Theory of Justice ; John Stuart MILL, On Liberty.
BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES, THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP : MYTH OR REALITY ?
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Adrian PARK (Maitre de conférences). Pedagogical Format : Elective Course Description : The idea of a 'special relationship' between the U.S. and Great Britain is a fairly recent one and, as the title of this course suggests, it hovers between myth and reality. However, at times, especially during the inter-war period of the 20th century, relationships between the two countries were so strained that there was open hostility. In July 1927, Winston Churchill, Chancellor of the Exchequer, told his Cabinet colleagues that, "No doubt it is quite right in the interests of peace to go on talking about war with the United States being 'unthinkable'." The tensions were over rivalries in naval and maritime
BLASPHEMY AND FRE