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Pierre-Yves NERON

Associate Professor of Economic and Social Ethics, Head of the Bachelor's degree in Political Science

BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN POLITICAL SCIENCES 

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.

Janis GRZYBOWSKI

Associate Professor of Political Science, Head of the Bachelor's degree in International Relations

BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

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.

Brendan COOLSAET

Associate Professor of Environment and Development, Head of the Master's degree programmes

Master in Global and European Studies

Politics for the world of tomorrow

The master’s degree in Global and European Studies is an advanced postgraduate degree focussing on the political, economic, social-ecological and cultural processes regulating contemporary societies in a globalised world. The global and regional levels are the stages at which major political challenges play out: migrations, transnational-armed conflicts, environmental degradation and climate change, organized criminality, global inequalities or poverty among others.

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Understanding today’s world therefore means analysing the multi-level interaction between public (States, international organizations, etc.) and private actors (companies, networks, NGOs, etc.). These interactions are places of constant struggle for the redefinition of the rules of the game of world politics.

This degree in Global and European Studies provides students with a thorough knowledge of the formal and informal rules of global and European politics and conflicts that shape it, but also the necessary know-how and the conceptual tools to understand, analyse and act on the world of tomorrow. Drawing on the latest developments in International Relations, Comparative Politics, Economic Governance, and Global History, among others, as well as in-depth methodological training, career development, and intensive language modules, the study programme prepares students in developing innovative policies for the public and private sector, at local, national, and international level, to govern societies in rapidly changing world.

CORE COURSES
• International Relations
• Comparative Politics European Governance
• Global Economic Governance
• International Development
• Global History
• Ethics and International Relations
• Politics of International Law

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

OPTIONAL COURSES
• Global Environmental Politics
• Sovereignty and the State in International Relations
• Global Food Politics
• Theories of security and contemporary challenges
• Digital Democracy
• World Political Organization
• European Food & Agricultural Policy
• Armed conflicts and peacemaking
• Cyber Security

+ Intensive languages modules
+1 career development module
+ Master 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.

Master in Food Politics

The politics of food and agriculture

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. Questions related to the organisation and regulation of our agri-food system are inherently political. They include the production, distribution, accessibility, and consumption of food, as well as issues related to public health, sustainability, animal welfare, poverty, science and technology, and trade.

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The master’s degree in Food Politics 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 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 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.

This degree will enable students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to master and design complex and innovative food policy solutions, and to occupy key professional positions in public and private organisations.

CORE COURSES
• Agriculture and Rural Politics
• European Food & Agricultural Policy
• Global Environmental Politics
• Global Food Politics
• Food and Sustainable Development: A project course
• Food, Agriculture and the Environment

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

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

+ Intensive languages modules
+1 career development module
+ Master 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.

Master in International Security

The politics of international conflicts

This degree of International Security will enable students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to diagnose security problems and design security policy solutions, and to occupy key professional positions in national administrations as well as international and non-governmental organizations. Students will not only benefit from the academic environment of the School, but also from the practical knowledge of security practitioners and experts within various seminars such as a joint seminar with the French Army Command (based in Lille) and the research seminars co-organized with the Collaborative Observatory on Terrorism, Antiterrorism and Violence (OCTAV).

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In addition to being an absolute priority for governments across the world, security seems to have 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 Security 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 what security and international security could look like in an increasingly interconnected and rapidly changing world. It does so by analysing the role of different actors in addressing and shaping international security issues, which go beyond the single framework of action of States. The programme also seeks to provide students with the necessary critical skills for understanding and addressing the social-political mechanisms driving transnational armed conflicts, violence and global uncertainty.

CORE COURSES
• Theories of Security & Contemporary Challenges
• Armed Conflicts and Peacemaking
• War, Terrorism and Violence
• Cyber Security
• Defence Policy in Practice
• International Relations
• Sovereignty and the State in International Relations
• World Political Organisation

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

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

+ Intensive languages modules
+1 career development course
+ Master 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.

Oliwia BARAN

Head of Development

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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The Programme in European Politics is open to undergraduate and graduate students who wish to complete a semester or a year in one of France’s biggest universities in order to develop their knowledge of European institutions and to learn French.

In the Programme in European Politics, all courses are taught in English and focused on
European Integration and Policy. In addition, students do a French course at the Alliance
Française (beginner, intermediate or advanced, depending on their level). The programme includes study trips to Brussels, Geneva and other European cities. Students have the option of studying at ESPOL during the autumn semester, the spring semester or for a whole year. This programme issues a Certificate and 30 ECTS for one semester or 60 ECTS for one year.

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