Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
Sciences Po research falls primarily within ﬁve core disciplines (Law, Economics, History, Political Science and Sociology), which are constantly interacting with one another through numerous collaborations between research centers (joint seminars, joint publications, co-direction of research projects, etc.) and interdisciplinary projects. Research work focuses on the theme of governance of societies, seeking to understand social, political and economic phenomena and their impact on societies. Research at Sciences Po deals with the sciences of ‘the political’. This involves ﬁrst and foremost the conduct of public affairs (res publica) in the civic space, which is no longer the exclusive prerogative of nation-states but as much the product of local initiatives as the result of transnational and supranational mediations and norms. The political also includes ‘policies’, and this in turn involves the conception and implementation of programs designed to respond to society’s challenges, to transform organizations, and to inﬂect modes of operating and practices in the commercial, private and public spheres. Finally, the political also comprises conﬂicts, clashes of interest, the exercise of power, and the distribution of resources and ofﬁces, i.e. the full range of social tensions but also the capacity to manage conﬂict and (re)deﬁne a shared and common path. Historians, economists, political scientists, sociologists and jurists come together around these questions and place them at the core of their teaching in the College as well as in the many schools. Faculty members are very aware of the social utility of their scholarly work, which is not intended as the exclusive reserve of a circle of initiates. Its goal is to provide fertile material for teaching programs and, beyond that, to cultivate links between ﬁelds of reﬂection and spaces of decision-making and to be disseminated as widely as possible so as to enrich public debate. As a result, Sciences Po has invested in the development of its research and has made it one of its main priorities. This has borne fruit, as evidenced by the success of Sciences Po researchers in winning national and European grants, the attractiveness of Sciences Po in its recruitment, and its ranking as the top institution in the human and social sciences in France and fourth in the world.