Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
Building on a strong tradition of area studies at Sciences Po, most notably in its various research centers, the eight regional concentrations offer a variety of courses in politics, culture, sociology, and economics, equipping PSIA students with effective leadership skills to navigate and explore the main characteristics and issues at stake in a given area. The regional concentrations aim at developing students’ knowledge and expertise on a particular area of their anticipated career. PSIA students widely embrace the opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge of a geographical region. Courses are taught by academics with world-leading knowledge of the ﬁeld. In particular, students are given the opportunity of learning about international affairs in relation to research conducted by full-time professors at Sciences Po’s Centre de recherches internationales (CERI). Faculty is also composed of renowned practitioners who have long-term work experience in a particular region. PSIA encourages students to combine the development of their regional expertise with the enrollment in language courses relevant to the area chosen. For instance, courses can be offered in Farsi, Arabic, Hebrew for the Middle East concentration; in Spanish and Portuguese for Latin America, etc.
Agriculture The courses offered within the concentration in Agriculture aim at providing key elements of comprehension of global issues concerning food security and agriculture, and to present the reasons why agriculture and food are an object of public policy at the national, regional or global scale. The courses are designed to cover the main ﬁelds of controversy on food security and agricultural development, from research priority setting to supply chain transformations, through trade and development, or food sovereignty. Defense and Security Economics Protection of states, goods, people, as well their economic and strategic interests require an increasingly wide range of operations in the ﬁeld of defense and security. These two sectors are more and more intertwined. This concentration, both unique and innovative, aims at understanding the economic dimension of decisionmaking in the ﬁeld of defense and security issues and will thus shed light on these by explaining arbitrations encompassing economic, political and strategic trade-offs. Economic mechanisms are adapted to account for different objectives pursued in the implementation of defense and security operations. Analyzing the defense/security sector, sovereignty sector by essence, is useful not only to understand decisions taken in this sector but also decisions in other economic activities since the defense/security can be regarded as an extreme case by many aspects. The concentration Defense and Security Economics covers various ﬁelds such as macroeconomics, nuclear deterrence, raw materials, industry as well as its rules and regulations, decision making regarding investment and contractualization, outsourcing, internationalization of defense issues as well as conﬂict economics.