Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
Pedagogical Format : Seminar Course Description : The aim of this course is to understand the causes and international ramiﬁcations of the war in Syria, from the 2011 Arab Spring protests to the rise of ISIS, and from the interventions of Hezbollah, Iran, and Russia to those of the United States and its allies. After a brief introduction on the modern history of Syria and the geopolitics of the Levant, the course will refocus on policy analysis, with special attention devoted to understanding how the United States and its European allies initially responded to the crisis and how their policies evolved over the past six years. The course will thus consider conﬂict resolution and peace building in failed states, the risk of conﬂict spillover in neighboring countries, and the heightened risk of ISIS-inspired terrorism on a global scale. It will also examine the Syrian refugee crisis and the catastrophic impact of the war on the political, economic, and social life of Syria and its people. Required reading : Council on Foreign Relations. “Syria : Are There Any Steps Forward ?” Expert Panel, June 6, 2017.
Our work will be based on the study of movies : screenplay(s), director(s) and actors, if possible context of production and of ﬁnancing, nature of the ﬁlm (ﬁction or documentary), content (summary of the plot, main characters, stylistic choices, possible “messages”), reception, position of the movie in the history and the memory of the war, etc. Some more in-depth and more critical analyses of speciﬁc scenes will be possible, and welcome. The ﬁlms that we will mainly use are indicated bellow. But, of course, mentions by the students of their own ideas in terms of movies during their presentations will be very welcome. We will occasionally use series. We will also rely on the books from which some of the ﬁlms were made. For example All Quiet on the Western Front, Capitaine Conan, La chambre des ofﬁciers, Army of Shadows, The Railway Man, The Silence of the Sea, Suite française, Heart of Darkness (for Apocalypse Now). Required reading : to be deﬁned.
WATER : A CONTEMPORARY ISSUE
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
WAR ON SCREENS
Semester : Autumn and Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Guillaume PIKETTY (Professor at Sciences Po). Pedagogical Format : Elective Course validation : Presentation : 40 pts. Short essay (one page) : 20 pts. Class participation : 40 pts. Course Description : This seminar intends to address the sometimes complicated relationships between war and cinema : ﬁlms used as a means to prepare war and then to wage it ; war as it is described (or not) in movies ; cinema used to (try to) tell what war is for the combatants and for the civilians who endure it and/or on the home front ; relationships between movies and the memory of war. Whilst wars of the 20th and 21st centuries are the primary focus of the seminar, incursions in a wider chronology will occur occasionally. 524
Teachers : Elisabetta CANGELOSI (Consult on Women's Land Rights and Gender Justice. Liase with Civil Society Organisations.). Prerequisite : Interest in law and social sciences Basic knowledge of international law Interest in multidisciplinar approach to political sciences Basic knowledge of european union institutions functioning Basic knowledge of human rights law Pedagogical Format : Elective Course validation : Paper submissimion+ workshop presentations Course Description : Main aim of the course is to provide students with an interdisciplinary overview about a contemporary crucial issue such as WATER. It will be developed following three main approaches (legal, political and social) and offering the possibility to deep into the topic