Collège universitaire / Undergraduate Program / Enseignements / Teachings
Week 11 : D. Chakrabarty, “The Climate of History : Four Theses” Critical Inquiry 35, 2 (2009) : 197–222. Week 12 : G. Bankoff : “Time is of the Essence Disasters, Vulnerability and History,” International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters 22, no. 3 (2004) : 23-42. Course Description : We have entered a new geological epoch in the history of planet Earth, which is irreversibly marked by the presence and activity of humankind : The Anthropocene. The entire Earth system has shifted to a new mode - ‘Earth 2.0' - in which humans are a major geological inﬂuence and whose outcomes are uncertain and worrisome. Environmental history offers a unique perspective to understand the roots and implications of this condition, by showing how humans and the rest of nature have coevolved through history. This course will thus explore the environmental history of the modern world to understand the making of Earth 2.0. We will look at key processes of global history, from European colonial expansion to industrialization, from the perspective of their ecological underpinnings and impact. By looking at these apparently well-known chapters of our human past from this perspective, we will see that each one of them involved (and is partly explained by) a major rearrangement of human-environment interaction, and represented a step in the construction of Earth 2.0. Through this exploration, we will also learn more about the ﬁeld of environmental history itself, its main themes and methodological strengths, and its contribution to present-day environmental debates. Students will gain a clear knowledge of the major themes of global environmental history with a particular focus on the last two centuries, the ability to orient themselves through international debates, and the ability to apply the methods and perspectives of the discipline to their own knowledge goals. Required reading : to be deﬁned.
Teachers : Guillaume CHOUX (Professeur certiﬁé). Pedagogical Format : Elective Course Description : East Asia (Japan, China, Taiwan and the Koreas) is among the most dynamic regions on the planet. It is a major hub of globalization, and it is rapidly becoming the world's economic center of gravity. With this course, students will learn about geopolitics at the regional scale as well as about the struggle for leadership in East Asia. Focus will then be set at world scale : how does East Asia ﬁt into globalization and what is its relationship with other great world powers ? The ﬁrst part of the course will deal with the geography and history of East Asia, then with demographics and sociology and a special emphasis shall be put on the diversity of political systems and economic strategies in the region as well as security challenges. The second part of the course aims at studying bilateral relations between East Asia and other regions of the world – such as Europe, America and Africa – mainly through political, economic and security angles. Required reading : PRESCOTT Anne, East Asia in the World : An Introduction, Abingdon : Routledge, 2015, 300 p.
EAST IN THE WEST, A HISTORY OF ARAB POLITICS AND CULTURE IN EUROPE
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Coline HOUSSAIS (Consultante). Pedagogical Format : Elective Course Description : This course traces back the arrival and integration in France of populations from the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean. More than others, France's identity was profoundly shaped by constant dialogue with these populations. From the foundation of Marseille around 600 BC, through the ﬁrst Arabic courses in 1669, the development of anti-colonial ideas in Paris' Latin Quartier in the early 20th century to the peak in popularity of North African music in the late 1990s, France has continuously absorbed foreign cultures and regenerated them as its own. 225
EAST ASIAN GEOPOLITICS & INTERNATIONAL POLITITICS
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Languag