ESPOL Masters A-Z course catalog

Academic Writing Workshop

This multi-lecturer seminar aims at strengthening the students’ writing muscles in preparation of their master’s dissertations. We will navigate through the writing process on a step-by-step approach, from basic planning and organizing, to more in-depth elements of writing (building an argument, discussing results, exploring cause and effect), to mastering citation of sources and avoiding plagiarism.

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition 
METH-001 
Seminars
6 hours  
4 ECTS 
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Brendan Coolsaet
TEACHING TEAM
François Briatte
Brendan Coolsaet
Janis Grzybowski
Michael Holmes
Giulia Sandri
Sabine Weiland
PREREQUISITE
None
ASSESSMENT
100% coursework
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in Food Politics (research)
Master in Global and European Politics (research)
Master in International Security (research)

Agriculture and Rural Politics

The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the political dimension of the supply-side of food (as opposed to demand/consumption), i.e. agriculture. More than just production per se, we will also consider other closely connected areas of concern, including the political and moral economy of food, agrarian change, peasant farming, agribusiness, livelihoods and rural development, the politics of agricultural innovation and agricultural science, and global environmental change.
Students will acquire a sound grasp of different views and debates on agriculture and rural politics. They will become familiar with major issues related to agriculture at the global level, and be able to analyse how such global drivers of change are affecting, and being shaped by, different key stakeholder groups. This provides them with an understanding of the context within which much contemporary development and policy intervention occurs.
The course includes a field trip (info and dates announced at the beginning of the term).

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition 
FOOD-001
Lectures
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Brendan Coolsaet
TEACHING TEAM
Brendan Coolsaet
PREREQUISITE
None
ASSESSMENT
100% coursework
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in Food Politics (core)
Master in Global and European Politics (elective)
Master in International Security (elective)

Approches Socio-économiques de l’Agriculture

Please consult ISA Lille website for more information: https://www.isa-lille.com/

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition 
Comment
FOOD-002
Lectures
24 hours  
5 ECTS
French
Course given at ISA Lille
COURSE CONVENOR
Sabine Weiland
TEACHING TEAM
Eric Taisne (ISA Lille)
PREREQUISITE
Fluent command of French.
ASSESSMENT
Please consult ISA Lille website for more information: https://www.isa-lille.com/
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in Food Politics (elective)
Master in Global and European Politics (elective)
Master in International Security (elective)

Armed Conflicts and Peacemaking

Interpersonal armed violence and war, understood as collectively organized violence between groups, range among the earliest and most persistent features of human relations. While the dominant modernist narrative emphasizes the evolution of the state and state system as paramount institutions monopolizing and containing armed violence, critics from different corners have long argued that these institutions actually maintain, enable, and conceal the exercise of violence. Moreover, in recent decades the state and the state system have been increasingly regarded to be in crisis, as evidenced from supposed state failure and ‘ethnic’ conflict to the expanding role of international organizations in responding to these challenges. Especially since the end of the Cold War, the focus on interstate war as the traditional key concern has been enlarged to include civil wars and armed violence beyond the state. Meanwhile, new opportunities for concerted action by the United Nations and others have vindicated and developed the agenda to “make”, “keep”, and “build” peace in war-shattered societies. This course introduces students to major themes of armed conflict, violence, and peace-making so as to enable them to critically engage with them in an independent and analytically informed way.

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition 
SECU-001
Lectures
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Janis Grzybowski
TEACHING TEAM
Janis Grzybowski
PREREQUISITE
A basic knowledge of International Relations (IR) helps following this course.
ASSESSMENT
100% coursework
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in International Security (core)
Master in Food Politics (elective)
Master in Global and European Politics (elective)

Comparative Politics

This course provides the analytical knowledge and practical skills to understand comparative politics worldwide. It covers a wide range of policy-relevant issues by utilizing the methods and techniques of comparative politics. You will learn about states and regimes worldwide as well as deepening your understanding of your own society. The orientation is problem and reform focused. This course analyzes (i) the nature of comparative politics (ii) processes of state formation and the classification of regimes types, (iii) the structure of political institutions, (iv) the role of political actors, and (v) processes of governance performance.

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition 
GEP-001
Lectures
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Felix Von Nostitz
TEACHING TEAM
Felix Von Nostitz
PREREQUISITE
Students are not required to have any background in the discipline and, in fact, the course is designed to introduce some basic concepts and approaches in political science.
ASSESSMENT
100% coursework
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in Global and European Politics (core)
Master in Food Politics (elective)
Master in International Security (elective)

Cyber Security

En cours de rédaction

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition 
SECU-002
Lectures
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Philippe Bonditti
TEACHING TEAM
Jean-Paul Pinte
PREREQUISITE
En cours de rédaction
ASSESSMENT
En cours de rédaction
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in International Security (core)
Master in Food Politics (elective)
Master in Global and European Politics (elective)

Defense Policies in Practice

This course is a joint seminar co-organized with the French Army Command, le (Commandment des Forces Terrestres, CFT) based in Lille. The seminar consists in a series of 7 sessions of three hours, including the introductory session that will take place at the CFT. Following this introduction, each of the six remaining sessions will be the occasion of an intervention by a high-ranking military official who will present on the theme of the session: 1/ The modern/clausewitzian model of war, 2/ Nuclear War, 3/ Unconventional war, 4/ the Armed Forces on the National Territory, 5/ Peacekeeping and Peace Building, 6/ the Political, the Military and the University. These interventions aim at getting the students to know more about the practical knowledge involved in the field of military activities.

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition 
SECU-003
Seminars
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English/French
COURSE CONVENOR
Philippe Bonditti
TEACHING TEAM
Philippe Bonditti
Janis Grzybowski
General (2S) Charaix (CFT)
General (2S) Bras (CFT)
General Michon (CFT)
General Poincignon (CFT)
Colonel (R) Darras (CFT)
Colonel (R) Goya (CFT)
Colonel Nicolas (CFT)
PREREQUISITE
Fluent command of French, due to interaction with French army personnel.
ASSESSMENT
100% coursework
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in International Security (core)
Master in Food Politics (elective)
Master in Global and European Politics (elective)

Digital Democracy

The digitization of politics transcends the political landscape and leads us to reconceptualize core democratic concepts such as autonomy, representation, and political identity in a new light. This course provides an introduction to these transformations. It covers (1) digital power structures, (2) the decentralization of power, (3) online protest, and (4) artificial intelligence. Students are encouraged to think critically about role and workings of government, conceptualize new ways in which the internet can deepen democracy, and understand the limitations of applying technology to government.

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition 
ELEC-001
Lecture
18 hours  
5 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Zach Bastick
TEACHING TEAM
Zach Bastick
PREREQUISITE
This course does not require any background in computing or the Internet. It does however require a willingness to explore and think critically about complex and emerging issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.
ASSESSMENT
100% coursework
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in Food Politics (elective)
Master in Global and European Politics (elective)
Master in International Security (elective)

Diplomacy in Practice

This career-development seminar given by a former high-ranking diplomat takes students through the art and practice of international negotiations, conducted via bilateral as well as multilateral channels alike, with a view to shaping the next generation of foreign affairs professionals.

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition 
PROF-001
Seminars
12 hours  
2 ECTS
English or French
COURSE CONVENOR
Brendan Coolsaet
TEACHING TEAM
TBC
PREREQUISITE
None
ASSESSMENT
100% coursework
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in Global and European Politics (career development)
Master in International Security (career development)

EU Affairs from a Think Tank Perspective

This workshop aims to offer a renewed and concrete understanding of the influence strategies within the European Union:

  • by giving students the necessary elements to understand the context in which the French and European professionals they will meet are working, particularly during their occasional interventions during the workshop sessions;
  • by providing elements allowing students to develop a practical analysis (case studies) of the influence strategies as well as interactions between the different actors of the European decision-making process: States, interest groups and lobbies, think tanks.
Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition 
PROF-002
Seminars
12 hours  
2 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Thierry Chopin
TEACHING TEAM
Thierry Chopin
PREREQUISITE
None
ASSESSMENT
An oral presentation by a group of students which has to analyze some of the key issues and to present imaginative and innovative solutions regarding each case study.
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in Food Politics (career development)
Master in Global and European Politics (career development)
Master in International Security (career development)

European Food & Agricultural Policy

Food covers immense terrain. It is at the intersection of competing issues such as production, consumption, supply chains, trade, government and politics, science and technology, nutrition, public health, environment, ethics, culture and many more. In this array, it is particularly difficult to design food policy and governance on various levels and among diverse actor groups and demands.

In this course, we will explore contemporary food and agriculture policy and governance in Europe, the past and possible futures of the field. We will cover a number of core problems in food policy across various food-related topical areas, across different governance levels, such as agriculture, public health, food quality, and social issues related to food. What are the prospects for a (more) sustainable food and agriculture policy in Europe?

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition 
FOOD-003
Lectures
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Sabine Weiland
TEACHING TEAM
Sabine Weiland
PREREQUISITE
None
ASSESSMENT
40% examination, 60% coursework
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in Food Politics (core)
Master in Global and European Politics (elective)
Master in International Security (elective)

European Governance

This course is an introduction to the political system of the European Union (EU). It first provides an overview of the different European intergovernmental organizations (Council of Europe, OECD, NATO, etc…) and of their respective roles in order to highlight the specificity of the EU. It then focuses on the EU, presenting its various institutions, their interactions and the way they make policy. The course also offers a survey of key policies of the EU, such as Economic and Monetary Union, Common Agricultural Policy, Common Foreign and Security Policy, etc. The course discusses the institutional set-up of the EU, its policy making processes, as well as its status and action at the global level.

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition 
GEP-003
Lectures
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Oriane Calligaro
TEACHING TEAM
Oriane Calligaro
PREREQUISITE
None
ASSESSMENT
100% coursework, preparation of one session.
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in Global and European Politics (core)
Master in Food Politics (elective)
Master in International Security (elective)

Ethics and International Relations

 

This course examines the complex relations between ethics, politics and economics in international affairs.Themes covered will include: the role of morality in world politics; the centrality of human rights; the ethics of violence; issues of global distributive justice, global poverty and inequality; environmental justice; the rise of “corporate social responsibility”.  Attention will be paid to the complex interconnections of empirical and normative issues raised by the shaping and reshaping world politics. We will critically examine different “vocabularies” or “normative frameworks” used for analyzing ethical issues in world politics.

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition 
GEP-002
Lectures
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Pierre-Yves Neron
TEACHING TEAM
Pierre-Yves Neron
PREREQUISITE
None
ASSESSMENT
– Participation (30%)
– Presentation (30%) Critical presentation of a paper-chapter
– Final paper (40%)
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in Global and European Politics (core)
Master in Food Politics (elective)
Master in International Security (elective)

Food, Agriculture and the Environment

In this course we explore the effects of our modern agri-food systems on the environment and the planet. The course covers and critically discusses the latest evidence related to the relationship between farming/food and climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, energy demand, water quality and scarcity, land-use change, soil erosion/salinization, deforestation, land-sparing / land-sharing, (agro)biodiversity loss, chemicals, nutrients and pesticide use. We ask how to feed the world without destroying the planet and discuss potential solutions, including the role of different actors in the agri-food system, the impact of technology and innovation, and the science behind sustainable food systems.

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition 
FOOD-004
Lectures
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Brendan Coolsaet
TEACHING TEAM
Brendan Coolsaet
PREREQUISITE
None
ASSESSMENT
50% examination, 50% coursework
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in Food Politics (core)
Master in Global and European Politics (elective)
Master in International Security (elective)

Food and Sustainable Development: A Project Course

For quite some time, we observe initiatives that promote structural transitions towards sustainable societies all over the world, among others regarding agriculture, energy, private consumption, as well as other areas. Such transition aims at a long-term sustainable development that aligns environmental and social concerns with economic targets, while acknowledging our planet’s boundaries. Fostering this fundamental change is one of the key challenges of our times. At the same time, we see numerous obstacles or conflicting interests (e.g. in food between production and economic development, on the one hand, and public health and environmental protection, on the other). Current food regimes with established institutions and routines, powerful actors or the prevailing short-term orientation are contradicting the aim of sustainable development.

The seminar addresses the question of how to achieve a sustainable food system and discusses the role of sustainable ways of living. The students choose their own food project (e.g. related to individual food consumption, certain food commodities, sectors, societal practices, environmental problems etc.), which they develop throughout the course and reflect upon it within the framework of sustainable development.

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition 
FOOD-005
Seminars
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Sabine Weiland
TEACHING TEAM
Sabine Weiland
PREREQUISITE
None
ASSESSMENT
40% project work, 20% preparation of one session, 40% written thesis
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in Food Politics (core)
Master in Global and European Politics (elective)
Master in International Security (elective)

Food Controversies

This course draws on the concept of “food politics” – the political, social, cultural and economic conflicts surrounding food – to debate some of the common public controversies surrounding the production and consumption of food around the world. The course is organized around class debates. Each class will cover a specific topic or question related to food and agriculture, which one student will argue for and another will argue against. Topics include ‘hot issues’ in food politics, such as:  the (mis)use of agricultural biotechnology, genetically modified organisms, big food and big agriculture, hunger and malnutrition, food choices and the omnivore’s dilemma, food and the environment, or food movements and food advocacy. The debates are followed by a discussion with the whole group and the latest evidence on the topic is presented by the lecturer.

The course includes a field trip (info and dates announced at the beginning of the term).

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition 
FOOD-006
Lectures & Seminars
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Brendan Coolsaet
TEACHING TEAM
Brendan Coolsaet
PREREQUISITE
Basic argument-building and debating skills are a plus for this course.
ASSESSMENT
100% coursework
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in Food Politics (core)
Master in Global and European Politics (elective)
Master in International Security (elective)

Food Economics & Trade

This course covers the core theoretical, conceptual and methodological approaches of the economics of food production (product bans, labeling, food standards, political economy, farming economy) and consumption (food supply chains, (super)markets, alternative food networks, food safety, nutrition, food security, development), and looks at closely related issues such as scientific uncertainty, the role of global trade and the WTO, and trade wars.

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition 
FOOD-007
Lectures
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Sabine Weiland
TEACHING TEAM
TBC
PREREQUISITE
None
ASSESSMENT
100% coursework
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in Food Politics (core)
Master in Global and European Politics (elective)
Master in International Security (elective)

Global Economic Governance

En cours de rédaction

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition 
GEP-004
Lectures
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Brendan Coolsaet
TEACHING TEAM
Christian de Boissieu
PREREQUISITE
None
ASSESSMENT
En cours de rédaction
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in Global and European Politics (core)
Master in Food Politics (elective)
Master in International Security (elective)

Global Environmental Politics

 

Experts globally are starting to agree on the fact that we have entered a new period called “the anthropocene”, meaning that Humans are a major force impacting the environment. The course aims at providing students with the means to understand Global Environmental Governance (GEG), its main actors, the way they frame environmental issues, the strategies they adopt, and critically envisage the limitations of current GEG as well as options and strategies to renew it.

After introducing the anthropocene, three weeks will be dedicated to presenting theories aiming at understanding and renewing GEG. Then we will focus on three global environmental issues, to understand how they have been framed, dealt with, and by whom so far, discussing the benefits and limitations of current approaches. A third part of this course will deal with the actors influencing global environmental politics, the strategies they use, their true influence, and reflect on the ones left behind. The course ends with the simulation of a multilateral negotiation in which students explore the major constraints and options for dealing with the issue of climate change (based on MIT Sloan ‘World Climate’ simulation)

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition 
FOOD-008
Lectures
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Brendan Coolsaet
TEACHING TEAM
Brendan Coolsaet
PREREQUISITE
None
ASSESSMENT
60% examination, 40% role-playing game
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in Food Politics (core)
Master in Global and European Politics (elective)
Master in International Security (elective)

Global Food Politics

 

In this course, we will explore the contemporary global food system which is at the intersection of competing issues such as production, consumption, supply chains, science and technology, public health, environment, ethics, social justice and many more – which are all highly political. Global food politics relate to the way in which the economics and the distribution of food resources links with the politics of nation states, international organisations and various actors and actor groups.
Since 2007, rising prices and volatility in international food markets have combined to dramatically refigure global food system and produce what many have termed a ‘global food crisis’. Driven by a variety of factors including demand for agrofuels, the intersection of food with oil and financial markets, the steady erosion of agroecological systems and social safety nets, and pronounced inequalities in global agro-food systems, these food price shifts have had profound social and political effects. The aim of this course is to analyse the various impacts and interrelations in the global food sector along a number of core problems, such as nutrition, food security, trade, and development.

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition 
 
Comment
FOOD-009
Lectures
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English
Course open to ISA Lille students
COURSE CONVENOR
Sabine Weiland
TEACHING TEAM
Sabine Weiland
PREREQUISITE
None
ASSESSMENT
50% coursework, 50% examination
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in Food Politics (core)
Master in Global and European Politics (elective)
Master in International Security (elective)
Master of Science and Engineering (ISA Lille)

Global History

This is not a history course, traditionally understood. While it revisits a vast array of both popular and neglected episodes of historiography – from classical Greece through the medieval rediscovery of Aristotle and early-modern witch trials to the Japanese decision to go to war in 1941 – it does not provide a comprehensive overview of the past of ‘the world’ or ‘the globe’. Rather, it is a course in historical perspective and reflection aimed at encouraging students in political science and especially International Relations (IR) to think critically about how ‘history’ and ‘the globe’ as modern categories of time and space preconfigure our understandings of politics and society. As shall be explored, such powerful notions as origins, progress, decay, and development are always already part of our political imagination and academic analysis. In this sense, ‘history’ is not only inescapable, but it also shapes, in any specific variant, what seems possible or necessary – whether history appears as eternal repetition, a locomotive of universal progress, or a nightmare from which we are constantly trying to awake.

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition 
 
GEP-005
Lectures
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Janis Grzybowski
TEACHING TEAM
Janis Grzybowski
PREREQUISITE
None
ASSESSMENT
40% examination, 60% coursework
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in Global and European Politics (core)
Master in Food Politics (elective)
Master in International Security (elective)

International Development

This course introduces the students to key principles and concepts in international development, and aims at providing a critical foundation for political and interdisciplinary approaches to development. The course explores the complex inter-relations between society, economy and environment, including historical, political and geographical perspectives. It examines issues of poverty, inequality and sustainability and shows different ways of engaging with them.

The course is divided in three broad parts: (1) International development 101; (2) an introduction to development economics; (3) natural resources and development.

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition 
 
GEP-006
Lectures
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Brendan Coolsaet
TEACHING TEAM
TBC
PREREQUISITE
None
ASSESSMENT
100% coursework
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in Global and European Politics (core)
Master in Food Politics (elective)
Master in International Security (elective)

International Relations

What is the object of the study of International Relations (IR)? How did the (sub-)discipline
originate and develop? Where is it headed and how does is it relate to other approaches to the study of politics? The course provides an overview of the major theoretical approaches in the field of IR. The purpose is to familiarize students with its central concepts, classical texts, and field defining debates. It will cover works that address different levels of analysis (international, domestic, and individual) and span across major theoretical paradigms. To this end, the course is divided into two main sections. The first one examines the standard approaches to the study of International Relations – realism, idealism/liberalism, and constructivism – that came to dominate the discipline. The second focuses on some of the main critical approaches – Marxism, feminism, and post-colonialism – that critique the mainstream approaches from the point of view of class, gender, and race, respectively. In the final session, we look at the future of the discipline and its prospects for a pluralistic research program. The course is organized as a reading seminar, i.e. the emphasis is on giving students broad exposure to a wide range of readings and on facilitating an active engagement with these readings in the form of class debates and short discussion essays.

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition 
 
GEP-007
Lectures
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Brendan Coolsaet
TEACHING TEAM
Zuzana Hudakova
PREREQUISITE
None
ASSESSMENT
40% examination, 60% coursework
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in Global and European Politics (core)
Master in International Security (core)
Master in Food Politics (elective)

Introduction to Political Science

The main aim of this course is to give students a theoretically based introduction into the study of politics, and the study comparative politics in particular. This course is important in the sense that it provides the foundation for more specialized studies in the field.

This course is designed to start with the fundamental concepts for the study of politics: power, authority, the state, legitimacy. Based on these concepts, the course will explore some the most important dimensions for the study of politics: ideology, actors, public policy, and regimes. The third part will be dedicated to selected themes such as the problem of cooperation, collective decision-making or institutions from a rational choice perspective.

Generally speaking, this course will emphasize the importance of institutions and rationality for the comparative study of politics.

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition
Comment
 
ELEC-002
Lectures
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English
Mandatory course for M1 students without a political science background
COURSE CONVENOR
Brendan Coolsaet
TEACHING TEAM
Julien Navarro (ETHICS)
PREREQUISITE
None
ASSESSMENT
100% coursework
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in Food Politics (elective)
Master in Global and European Politics (elective)
Master in International Security (elective)

Introduction to Research & Epistemology

The course aims to provide the students with the basic and most indispensable knowledge regarding the epistemological issues involved in the study of politics from a social science perspective. After an introductory session during which the main objectives of the course and the modality of evaluation will be presented, each of the following sessions will be dedicated to a major epistemological issue at stake in scientific research: the relation to history (session 2) to truth (session 3), to objectivity and method (session 4), to theory and practice (session 5), to reality and abstraction (session 6), to language and narration (session 7) and to critique and politics (session 8). The course is designed to help students in the conduct of their research for the monograph.

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition
METH-002
Lecture
18 hours  
4 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Philippe Bonditti
TEACHING TEAM
Philippe Bonditti
PREREQUISITE
N/A
ASSESSMENT
50% examination, 50% presentation in class, +/- 0,5 depending on participation in class
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in Food Politics (research)
Master in Global and European Politics (research)
Master in International Security (research)

Politics of International Law

International law and politics maintain a complicated relation. Political science sometimes look down on international law, seeing it as a utopia disconnected from the realities of international relations and incapable of influencing the behaviour of States. International law, for its part, tends to deprecate politics, depicting it as a disorganising and destabilising rather than ordering force of international relations. Recent scholarship, however, has increasingly pointed to the important synergies between the two disciplines. The objective of this course is to investigate this complicated relationship through different themes (soft vs. hard law, use of force, international criminal justice, etc.) in order to evidence the interdependence of law and politics. We will indeed see how international law can be a tool of political dominance and oppression, but also of political resistance and social change.

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition
GEP-008
Seminars
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Agatha Verdebout
TEACHING TEAM
Agatha Verdebout
PREREQUISITE
There are no formal prerequisite, however basic knowledge of international law is a plus
ASSESSMENT
20% oral participation in class, 20% coursework, 60% final essay
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in Global and European Politics (core)
Master in International Security (elective)
Master in Food Politics (elective)

Research Methodology

The course introduces you to social sciences methods, ie to the practical dimension of scientific inquiry. The course begins with the techniques of literature review: bibliographical research and the production of a critical and analytical state of the art. This includes an introduction to the various library resources and how to exploit them. Then, in close combination with the course, the following topics are covered sequentially:

  • constructing/configuring the theoretical ‘framework’;
  • developing concepts and analytical variables so that they can be used in the research;
  • developing and formulating preliminary research hypotheses;

The course introduces different research methods which can be used as part of the master’s dissertation, including the distinctions between qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. The course covers the selection of case studies and the specific characteristics of comparative and case study research. Special attention is given to different data-collection techniques (interviews, observation, and documentary sources, etc.).

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition
METH-003
Lectures
18 hours  
4 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Brendan Coolsaet
TEACHING TEAM
Luca Tomini (ULB)
PREREQUISITE
None
ASSESSMENT
100% coursework
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in Food Politics (research)
Master in Global and European Politics (research)
Master in International Security (research)

Sovereignty and the State in International Relations

This course engages with the arguably most central and yet most challenged and elusive concepts of global politics: the state, sovereignty, and the state system. Conventionally, the study of International Relations (IR) takes the state system for granted, treating it as the institutional landscape in which the interactions between and across states play out. Yet if sovereign states are the building blocks of the international, what is sovereignty, how did states emerge in the first place, and which alternative types of political order did they displace? Is the model of the sovereign state parochially European or universal? How does the state system define the rules, scope, and membership of the international? The course reflects on the multi-sited and variegated enactments of the state and the state system in global politics by drawing on different disciplinary perspectives, including political science, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, law, and political economy.

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition
SECU-004
Lectures
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Janis Grzybowski
TEACHING TEAM
Janis Grzybowski
PREREQUISITE
A basic knowledge of concepts and theories in International Relations (IR), political theory, and global history are helpful to follow this course.
ASSESSMENT
100% coursework
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in International Security (core)
Master in Food Politics (elective)
Master in Global and European Politics (elective)

Statistics and the Political Sociology of Quantification

This course examines the political uses of statistics (and, more generally, of numbers) by political authorities. It does so by going through case studies of how quantification — the operation of ‘coming up with numbers’ — is used to serve state interests and to call for political action.
In order to get everyone up to speed on basic statistics, the course begins with a 6-week workshop organised in similar fashion to another course that I teach, Statistical Reasoning and Quantitative Methods. The course then moves to the study of how quantified information feeds into politics, and ends on student presentations on the role of quantification in their own research.

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition
METH-004
Lectures
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
François Briatte
TEACHING TEAM
François Briatte
PREREQUISITE
None
ASSESSMENT
100% coursework
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in Food Politics (research)
Master in Global and European Politics (research)
Master in International Security (research)

Theories of Security and Contemporary Challenges

The main objective of this course is to provide the students with a conceptual grid that could help them to understand the contemporary realities of security and to decipher the discourses on security—be they academic discourses that construct security as an object of knowledge, or discourses by “security experts” when they seek to elaborate and implement security policies by simply taking security for granted.
In this purpose, the course is divided in two sections. After the introductory class, a first set of six classes will offer students a non-exhaustive, yet rather complete overview of the different “approaches” to and theorizations of security when developed as an object of knowledge by those intending to study security. A second set of three thematic classes will focus on four major contemporary sites of materialization and transformation of ‘security’ : ‘Security, Economy, Capital’,‘Security, Border, Migration’,‘Security, Progress, Development’, ‘Security, Environment, Anthropocene’

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition
SECU-005
Lectures
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Philippe Bonditti
TEACHING TEAM
Philippe Bonditti
PREREQUISITE
N/A
ASSESSMENT
50% examination, 50% presentation in class
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in International Security (core)
Master in Food Politics (elective)
Master in Global and European Politics (elective)

Theories of Security and Contemporary Challenges

The main objective of this course is to provide the students with a conceptual grid that could help them to understand the contemporary realities of security and to decipher the discourses on security—be they academic discourses that construct security as an object of knowledge, or discourses  by “security experts” when they seek to elaborate and implement security policies by simply taking security for granted.

In this purpose, the course is divided in two sections. After the introductory class, a first set of six classes will offer students a non-exhaustive, yet rather complete overview of the different “approaches” to and theorizations of security when developed as an object of knowledge by those intending to study security. A second set of three thematic classes will focus on four major contemporary sites of materialization and transformation of ‘security’ : ‘Security, Economy, Capital’,‘Security, Border, Migration’,‘Security, Progress, Development’, ‘Security, Environment, Anthropocene’

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition
SECU-005
Lectures
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Philippe Bonditti
TEACHING TEAM
Philippe Bonditti
PREREQUISITE
N/A
ASSESSMENT
50% examination, 50% presentation in class
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in International Security (core)
Master in Food Politics (elective)
Master in Global and European Politics (elective)

War, Terrorism and Violence

A major change occurred these last twenty years in ‘world politics’: the gradual elaboration of terrorism—or what we want to name so—as the new political and strategic enemy by governmental elites. If all governments throughout the world do not necessarily share the same vision as for how to fight ‘terrorism’, they all seem to agree about the urgent necessity to eradicate it. In this purpose, states have developed important so-called antiterrorist capabilities ranging from the increase of the means of surveillance to the development of military and police special operations and forces. And yet, not only nothing seem to stop “terrorism”, but “terrorism” on the one hand, states on the other now seem to be engaged in a violent planetary competition that runs the risk of what Clausewitz had called the “rise to extremes.” This course aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand how the ‘world’ has come into such a dead end by re-seizing the issue of ‘terrorism’ and ‘antiterrorism’ from the perspective of the contemporary transformations of modern discourse on violence and the corresponding transformations of the modern states’ security apparatuses.

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition
SECU-006
Lectures
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English
COURSE CONVENOR
Philippe Bonditti
TEACHING TEAM
Philippe Bonditti
PREREQUISITE
N/A
ASSESSMENT
Students are graded on the basis of a presentation in class (50%) and a final exam (50%). Final grades are rounded (+/- 0,5 pts) depending on the students overall participation in class.
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in International Security (core)
Master in Food Politics (elective)
Master in Global and European Politics (elective)

World Political Organization

The aims of the ESPOL/Erfurt University Joint Seminar is to explore and interrogate the complexity of the contemporary dynamics of transformation/reproduction of “global political organization”, i.e. the ways in which human communities have organized their cohabitation on the planet. The course builds on the work of some of the greatest German and French thinkers (Althusser, Balibar, Bourdieu, Derrida, Descola, Deleuze, Foucault, Guattari, Heidegger, Horkheimer, Kant, Luhman, Mattelart, Marx, Sloterdijk) as well as on some influential IR scholars (Bartelson, Kratochwil, Onuf, Walker, etc.).

Course code
Course type 
Number of hours 
Credit value 
Language of tuition
Comment
 
SECU-007
Seminars
24 hours  
5 ECTS
English
Joint ESPOL/Erfurt University seminar
COURSE CONVENOR
Philippe Bonditti
TEACHING TEAM
Philippe Bonditti
Janis Grzybowski
Oliver Kessler (Erfurt University)
PREREQUISITE
Preliminary knowledge in political philosophy/theory, and IR theory will be helpful to fully benefit from this course
ASSESSMENT
100% coursework
THIS COURSE IS PART OF
Master in International Security (core)
Master in Food Politics (elective)
Master in Global and European Politics (elective)
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