Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
Written exercises can be handed over in French at student's request. Course Description : Climate and energy policies are undergoing unprecedented and rapid changes following the landmark Paris Agreement for climate that was reached, signed and ratiﬁed since COP21 in 2015. Developed and developing countries are moving from broad and ambitious climate objectives to concrete policies. “Getting the job done” is a course designed to help students question and make sense of recent policy announcements as well as underlying trends of climate change mitigation and adaptation. It will review a variety of initiatives and measures taken by public institutions, companies, NGOs and the ﬁnancial sector in an effort to shift to more sustainable economies and development pathways. The course will be articulated in 12 sessions covering energy and climate in a sequence “from man to cloud”. It will start with a description of the global energy and climate systems. It will then adopt the point of view of key stakeholders (government, civil society organizations, private sector, international institutions) in their efforts to develop energy and climate policies. The course will encourage students to enquire about existing and potential policies in a country of their choice, and to participate in various interactive exercises, including a simulation of international negotiation, set up in an operational approach of energy and climate challenges. Disclaimer : The syllabus may slightly be updated. Required reading : Headline statements of IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report Synthesis (2 pages, 2014) ; Larry Elliott, Can the world economy survive without fossil fuels ? The Guardian Long Read, April 2015 (about 10 pages) ; World Resources Institute (WRI), The Paris Agreement : Turning Point for a Climate Solution (blogpost, 2015) ; Institute for Climate Economics (I4CE), Climate Brief n°38 COP21 :success at “the end of the beginning”, (8-page article, 2015).
Teachers : Flavia CANESTRINI, Jérôme SGARD (Professor of Political Economy, Sciences Po). Prerequisite : None Pedagogical Format : Seminar Course validation : Control : - a 5000-word essay, on a subject to be chosen by each student (60% of total mark). It will be submitted via email@example.com. com, before Friday 6, November. - a 3-hour take-home ﬁnal exam (40% of total mark), in early December (TBA). Pedagogical Method : The Syllabus provides the references to 1 or 2 articles, or book chapters that students will read in advance of each lecture. Complementary references may be used in order to explore in more details a given issue or prepare the Essay. The Powerpoint presentation will be made available after each lecture. Course Description : This introductory course to Global Economic History starts from a classic question : why did capitalism and industrialisation emerge in Europe, particularly in England, and not elsewhere – in China to start with ? The ﬁrst series of lectures (1 to 6) reviews and discusses the main thesis that have been brought forward. They all relate, more or less directly, to given chapters in the theory of economic growth : trade and market integration, property rights and wage labour, institutions and state-building, technology, ﬁnance. The point however is not to propose a grand theory, or a panoramic narrative, but to explore successive entries into our subject. This will bring us to the seventh, summary lecture which focuses on the English/ French contrast in the century before 1789. Then, lectures 8 to 12 are about Western capitalism at its height and how it structured a new, integrated, global economy. One issue is late industrialisation and economic catch-up in the (then) emerging economies : Germany will be our case of choice. We shall then move to the global goods and capital markets, colonisation and imperialism, and the underlying fault-lines at work during the First Global Era that surfaced in the years immediately before and after World War I. Required reading : to be de