Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
Course Description : The focus of the course is on the interactions between psychology and politics. For example, we will investigate how psychological processes are involved in systems of social and political change and the inﬂuence of personality on political leadership. We will also explore some of the psychological factors that are related to voting behavior and how such behavior is sometimes manipulated. You will reﬂect on your own political identity and the factors that have shaped your current beliefs and attitudes. This course is designed to be writing intensive. In addition to two at-home writing assignments, we will devote class-time to reading and writing in a variety of genres, as well as editing drafts of completed writing. Required reading : Political Identity, How family communication can inﬂuence our political identities, Hufﬁngton Post, 2012 ; Psychology, Sports, & Politics, Democracy in sport : An uneasy relationship with politics. BBC Sport, 2015 ; Psychology of Political Leaders, Two experts “read” politicians' body language, Psychology Today, 2014 ; Psychology of Political Extremists, Political extremists are less susceptible to common cognitive bias, Association for Psychological Science, 2014 ; Government row over ban on extremist speakers on university campuses, The Guardian, 2015 ; Social Media and Voting Behavior, A 61-million-person experiment in social inﬂuence and political mobilization, Nature, 2012.
presentation (40%) and your individually written research essay (40%). Workload : Each week/session, you will be expected to read the assigned compulsory literature and to participate in the class debates. During the course, you will also have to team up with another student and prepare and make a 20 minutes presentation on a selected topic in relation with the subject of a speciﬁc session. Both students are expected to take the ﬂoor and the presentation must be backed with 5 to 10 power point slides. In addition, you will be expected to write and deliver a research essay (4,000 words, with references and personal assessment) on a relevant topic of your choice. Pedagogical Method : Combining lecture, guided and spontaneous oral participation, student presentations and debates, the seminar provides many opportunities for students to engage. They include in particular studies on countries not covered by the course, which can be the subject of oral presentations and/or individually written essays. Course Description : The purpose of the course is to introduce you to the administrative organization of a number of signiﬁcant Western countries : the United States of America and Germany (for both : federal system and some selected states), the United Kingdom (with particular emphasis on England), Spain and France. After having reviewed the different legal methods applying to our topic, the main techniques of administrative law and the general constitutional and administrative structure of each country, we shall explore in detail the following key issues : (1) the organization of the central government with its administrative subdivisions and agencies ; (2) the institutional framework of the whole range of local authorities and ; (3) the court system conducting the judicial control over the former bodies. Once the course is completed, you will be fully acquainted with some paradigmatic and very diverse public administration systems. You shall also have acquired the tools allowing you to understand public authorities in countries not covered by the course. Required reading : Christopher Forsyth, William Wade, Administrative Law, Oxford University
PUBLIC AUTHORITIES : A CROSS-COUNTRY COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Jochen SOHNLE (Professor of public law, Nancy law faculty, University of Lorraine). Prerequisite : Basic knowledge in constitutional and administrative law and fair understanding of basic legal concepts in English. Pedagogical Format : Elective Course vali