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Our Bachelor’s degree

Bachelor’s degree in political sciences

A solid understanding of europe in all its aspects

The Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science combines multidisciplinary teaching and extensive methodological training. It provides students with a solid grounding in general culture through social sciences courses and varied introductory classes. Students also acquire technical and specialised know-how about Europe.

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• A strong knowledge of Europe in all its aspects (economic, political and historical);
• Excellent language skills and a genuinely humanist education;
• A strong capacity for analysis, criticism, argument, and a good ability to summarise.

• Foreign language courses (English, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Japanese, Portuguese, Dutch, etc.)
• Student mobility with the possibility of a stay at a foreign university from the fourth semester onwards;
• A multicultural campus environment (linked to the presence of international students and instructors)
• Internships and professional development: students must intern for a total of eight weeks, spread out as they wish over the three years of the Bachelor’s Degree. Students receive support for these internships in the form of technical workshops and specific, job-focused modules that introduce them to the different careers to which political science studies lead.

After completing their Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, students may:
• Continue their studies at ESPOL by enrolling for the Master’s in Global and European Politics
• Apply for a Master’s Degree in social and political sciences at an Institute of Political Studies or a university
• Choose to specialise in law, economics, management, history, journalism or communication.
• Go abroad to study
• Sit public service competitive entrance exams at the European, national or regional level
• Find a job with a local authority, an NGO or an international organisation.

Bachelor’s degree in international relations

A solid analytic and critical understanding of global politics

The Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations is a comprehensive multidisciplinary programme that provides students with a solid analytical and critical understanding of international politics. The challenges involved in armed conflicts and peacekeeping, political violence and terrorism, economic growth and inequality, the environment, energy and migration lie increasingly beyond the regulatory scope of states and are raising a growing number of political and ethical issues for the future of the world. Global politics are so deeply embedded in historical, economic and legal structures, institutions and processes that they cannot be analysed from a single disciplinary perspective.

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The goal is to develop students’ analytical and practical skills while providing them with an advanced understanding of global politics.
• A multidisciplinary approach combining different perspectives preparing for further studies in multiple disciplines
• Primarily taught in English, this degree prepares students for the international job market and studies with an international outlook
• Combination of theoretical reflection and practical skills

This Bachelor’s Degree programme is designed to enrich the analysis of international relations through historical, legal and economic perspectives and in terms of development through specialised courses. It also proposes classes on political issues specific to certain regions of the world, such as the Middle East, Latin America and Southeast Asia.

• Careers in international organisations (NATO, UN, etc.)
• Government bodies (national and international public administration, think tanks and research centres, non-governmental organisations, activist and lobby groups, etc.)
• Master’s Degrees specialised in International Relations, Political Science, International Law, etc.

Our Master's Degree

Global and European Politics

Politics in times of change

Our master’s programme in Global and European Politics is an advanced training programme focussing on the political, economic, social-ecological and cultural processes regulating contemporary societies in a globalized world. The global and regional levels are the stages at which major political challenges play out: transnational armed conflicts, environmental degradation and climate change, inequalities, poverty or international crime, among others. This programme provides students with a thorough knowledge of the formal and informal rules of the game of global politics, but also the necessary know-how to understand and act on the world of tomorrow.

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Programme

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Understanding political challenges in Europe today requires analysing the multi-level interaction between public actors (Member States, EU institutions, etc.) and private actors (companies, networks, NGOs, etc.) in Europe. These interactions are places of constant struggle for the redefinition of the rules of the game of both European and world politics.

This programme therefore provides students with a thorough knowledge of the formal and informal rules of European affairs and of the conflicts that shape them. Students will acquire the necessary know-how and the conceptual tools to understand, analyse and act upon European politics. The study programme will allow students to develop innovative policies for public and private sector in Europe, at local, national, and European level.

CORE COURSES
• International Relations
• Public Policy of the EU
• European Governance
• Politics of European Identity and Culture
• European Economic Governance
• EU Regional Policy
• European History
• Global Justice

RESEARCH COURSES
• Introduction to Research & Epistemology
• Political Science Research Methods
• Statistics and the Political Sociology of Quantification
• Academic Writing Workshop

OPTIONAL COURSES
• Introduction to Political Science
• European Food & Agricultural Policy
• Global Environmental Politics
• Sovereignty and the State in International Relations
• Global Food Politics
• Theories of Security and Contemporary Challenges
• Digital Democracy
• Politics of International Law
• Armed conflicts and peacemaking
• Cyber Security
• …

+ intensive language modules

+ career development workshops

+ master’s dissertation

ESPOL makes every effort to ensure that course information is accurate and up-to-date. However, courses, services and other matters may be subject to change

• Public administration at national and subnational level: ministries, regional and local authorities, but also other public administration agencies recruit experts in public policy;
• International and European organisations: the European Union, the FAO, the OSCE or the European Environment Agency;
• NGOs, Think Tanks, trade unions, interest groups and lobbies often recruit experts with backgrounds in political science and international affairs;
• Businesses are increasingly recruiting people qualified in international affairs;
• Academic career: students graduating from our MA can also access PhD programmes in order to pursue an academic career.

Food Politics and Sustainable Development

The politics of eating and producing food

Food is a critical issue in today’s global and European politics. The regulation of agriculture, food distribution, public health, environment and sustainable development are some of the issues covered by ESPOL’s master’s degree in Food Politics and Sustainable Development. This unique training programme in France, combining theory and practice, allows students to gain a better understanding of the issues related to the politics of food and farming, and acquire the skills necessary to access key professional positions in public and private organisations.

Overview

Programme

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Food and agriculture are fields in which major global challenges arise. In 2050, the world’s population is projected to rise to 10 billion people; and they all need to eat. The various ecological and social problems of the modern food system represent additional challenges. Questions related to the organisation and regulation of our agri-food system are complex and include the production, distribution, accessibility, and consumption of food, as well as issues related to poverty, public health, animal welfare, science and technology, and trade. How would a sustainable food system look like, and how can it be achieved?
The master’s degree in Food Politics and Sustainable Development examines the ways in which public authorities (regional bodies, nation states, European institutions, UN agencies) and private actors (individuals, farming communities and organisations, transnational businesses, researchers, NGOs, etc.) shape and transform the agri-food system. While the production of food is initiated at local level, its distribution and consumption often have global implications. Understanding, analysing and acting upon these implications is key to sustainably steer, govern and transform our food system in the future.
Because these questions require to cross political and technical knowledge, the master’s degree in Food Politics and Sustainable development is organised in close collaboration with practitioners. It includes a partnership with ISA Lille, the renowned agronomy institute of Lille Catholic University; numerous interventions from agri-food professionals; and field trips to regional farms, food-related policy events, key food fairs such as the Paris International Agricultural Show, and food markets such as the Rungis Market, the biggest wholesale food market in the world.

CORE COURSES
• Agriculture and Rural Politics
• European Food & Agricultural Policy
• Political Economy of Natural Resources
• Global Food Politics
• Food and Sustainable Development: A project course
• Food Controversies
• Global Environmental Politics
• Food, Agriculture and the Environment

RESEARCH COURSES
• Introduction to Research & Epistemology
• Political Science Research Methods
• Statistics and the Political Sociology of Quantification
• Academic Writing Workshop

OPTIONAL COURSES
• International Relations
• Comparative Politics
• Global Economic Governance
• International Development
• Global History
• European History
• European Governance
• Digital Democracy
• Sovereignty and the State in International Relations
• Politics of International Law

+ intensive language modules

+ career development workshops

+ master’s dissertation

ESPOL makes every effort to ensure that course information is accurate and up-to-date. However, courses, services and other matters may be subject to change

• Public administration at national and subnational level: ministries, regional and local authorities, but also other public administration agencies recruit experts in public policy;
• International and European organisations: the European Union, the FAO, the OSCE or the European Environment Agency;
• NGOs, Think Tanks, trade unions, interest groups and lobbies often recruit experts with backgrounds in political science and international affairs;
• Businesses are increasingly recruiting people qualified in international affairs;
• Academic career: students graduating from our MA can also access PhD programmes in order to pursue an academic career.

International and Security Politics

The politics of violence and uncertainty

The master’s degree in International and Security Politics focuses on key international security issues generated by armed conflict, terrorism, climate change and transnational migration across the world. At the intersection of defense policy, economics, peacekeeping, and international relations, this training program provides a strong understanding of how public and private actors address these issues and try to solve them, as well as expertise for analyzing contemporary forms of conflicts and hostility, locally as well as globally.

Overview

Programme

Career opportunities

In addition to being an absolute priority for governments across the world, security has colonized our language as much as our everyday lives. Not a day goes by without politicians and media outlets mentioning yet another ‘security issue’. The master’s programme in International and Security Politics asks what this tells us about our contemporary world, and whether our world has really become more dangerous and uncertain than before.
At the intersection of international relations studies, security and defence studies, political theory, sociology and history, this programme provides a deep understanding of how security and international security transform both conceptually and practically in an increasingly interconnected and rapidly changing world. It does so by analysing the role of different actors in shaping and addressing security issues which develop beyond the single framework of action of States. The programme seeks to provide students with the necessary critical skills for understanding and addressing the social-political mechanisms driving security related issues (from transnational armed conflicts and violence to environmental and IT security), and the growing uncertainty attached to them.

CORE COURSES
• Global History
• International Relations
• Theories of Security & Contemporary Challenges
• Armed Conflicts and Peacemaking
• Violence, War and Terrorism
• Public Policy & Cyber security
• Sovereignty and the State in International Relations
• Politics of International Law

RESEARCH COURSES
• Introduction to Research & Epistemology
• Political Science Research Methods
• Statistics and the Political Sociology of Quantification
• Academic Writing Workshop

OPTIONAL COURSES
• Introduction to Political Science
• Comparative Politics
• Global Economic Governance
• Global Environmental Politics
• International Development
• Global Food Politics
• Political Economy of Natural Resources
• European History
• European Governance
• Global Justice

+ intensive language modules

+ career development workshops

+ master’s dissertation

• Public administration at national and subnational level: ministries, regional and local authorities, but also other public administration agencies recruit experts in public policy;
• International and European organisations: the European Union, the FAO, the OSCE or the European Environment Agency;
• NGOs, Think Tanks, trade unions, interest groups and lobbies open recruit experts with backgrounds in political science and international affairs;
• Businesses are increasingly recruiting people qualified in international affairs;
• Academic career: students graduating from our MA can also access PhD programmes in order to pursue an academic career.

PROGRAMME IN EUROPEAN POLITICS

This is an advanced programme focused on the regulation of contemporary societies in a globalised world. It reflects major political issues but as well their resolution. Moreover, it offers courses focused on the regulation of International politics at the European and Global levels during which students will acquire the knowledge and the skills required to understand and influence the world of tomorrow.

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Overview

Programme

Career opportunities

In addition to being an absolute priority for governments across the world, security has colonized our language as much as our everyday lives. Not a day goes by without politicians and media outlets mentioning yet another ‘security issue’. The master’s programme in International and Security Politics asks what this tells us about our contemporary world, and whether our world has really become more dangerous and uncertain than before.
At the intersection of international relations studies, security and defence studies, political theory, sociology and history, this programme provides a deep understanding of how security and international security transform both conceptually and practically in an increasingly interconnected and rapidly changing world. It does so by analysing the role of different actors in shaping and addressing security issues which develop beyond the single framework of action of States. The programme seeks to provide students with the necessary critical skills for understanding and addressing the social-political mechanisms driving security related issues (from transnational armed conflicts and violence to environmental and IT security), and the growing uncertainty attached to them.

CORE COURSES
• Global History
• International Relations
• Theories of Security & Contemporary Challenges
• Armed Conflicts and Peacemaking
• Violence, War and Terrorism
• Public Policy & Cyber security
• Sovereignty and the State in International Relations
• Politics of International Law

RESEARCH COURSES
• Introduction to Research & Epistemology
• Political Science Research Methods
• Statistics and the Political Sociology of Quantification
• Academic Writing Workshop

OPTIONAL COURSES
• Introduction to Political Science
• Comparative Politics
• Global Economic Governance
• Global Environmental Politics
• International Development
• Global Food Politics
• Political Economy of Natural Resources
• European History
• European Governance
• Global Justice

+ intensive language modules

+ career development workshops

+ master’s dissertation

Public administration at national and subnational level: ministries, regional and local authorities, but also other public administration agencies recruit experts in public policy;
• International and European organisations: the European Union, the FAO, the OSCE or the European Environment Agency;
• NGOs, Think Tanks, trade unions, interest groups and lobbies open recruit experts with backgrounds in political science and international affairs;
• Businesses are increasingly recruiting people qualified in international affairs;
• Academic career: students graduating from our MA can also access PhD programmes in order to pursue an academic career.

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