DU INTERNATIONAL - English track / Parcours anglophone

University Diploma in International & Comparative Studies

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This specialised programme has been adapted so as to be in full compliance with the social-distancing measures imposed by the French government in the wake of the COVID-19 health crisis. It has been specifically designed for students coming from our partner universities who are enrolling at Sciences Po Toulouse for an international exchange (either for one semester or for the full academic year), and/or for those students who are enrolling as free-movers. In 2020-21, we will be offering hybrid-courses with varying degrees of in-class physical attendance and online distance-learning (synchronous and/or asynchronous). For those students who are unable to travel to France, all classes can be followed completely at a distance. The diploma is the equivalent of one full year of study at a French higher-education institution. If a student remains for the entire year, and upon successful completion of evaluations, they will be granted the Sciences Po Toulouse University Diploma (DU International). If a student enrols for just one semester, they will be granted the corresponding ECTS for courses they have successfully completed during that time.

The DU International offers a high-level of qualification dedicated to International Relations & Comparative Political Studies. The scope of the program is not limited to issues solely in France, but considers subjects in the UK, the USA and Latin America as well. It should be noted that the language of instruction varies, hence it is essential that upon registering students choose between one of two language streams: English track or French track. In the former, all courses are taught in English, whereas in the latter, courses are taught in French along with some optional courses in Spanish. Both tracks are multidisciplinary in their approach, and subjects address numerous global issues ranging from interculturality and immigration or diversity management, to the place of the UK in the European Union today as well as dealing with economic and development challenges and public administration around the world in response to global issues such as the media, politics, gender issues and the welfare state or healthcare. The programme brings together renowned specialists in Law and Economics as well as Political Science, Communication and Civilization of France and the English-speaking world. Lecturers are from Sciences Po as well as invited professors from other major Toulouse universities such as Toulouse I - Capitole and Toulouse II - Jean Jaurès, all part of the greater Federal University of Toulouse.

Regardless of the language track chosen, all international students must register for at least 30 ECTS per semester (nb obligatory courses are included in this amount). All courses in the DU International are open to third-year Sciences Po Toulouse students who will be unable to participate in an exchange program abroad due to the Covid-19 restrictions. This means that classes shall at times be held together with local students, bringing the added benefit of mixing not only with students from all continents, but also from France. Regarding the English Track specifically, the courses followed by an asterisk* indicate that these are taught in English in the main Diploma of Sciences Po Toulouse (mostly in years 4 and 5 of the Sciences Po Toulouse Diploma). These courses will have a numerus clausus, meaning that there will be a limited number of students able to enrol. Places will be attributed on a first-come-first-served basis.

Lectures in the DU International are in small groups and last for either 5, 10 or 20 hours in the semester. They are attributed accordingly with 2 ECTS for a 5 or 10-hour course and 4 ECTS for a 20-hour course. Course evaluations take place either through continuous assessment – with a minimum of two assignments – or with one final assignment to be done at home towards the end of the semester. Obligatory courses in methodology will enable visiting students to adhere to the requirements of proper written expression at Sciences Po Toulouse, providing the necessary skill-set to respond to the demands of professors while studying in France.


A minimum of one year (60 ECTS) in higher education. English proficiency: B2 Level or equivalent (for English Track); French proficiency: B2 Level or equivalent (for French Track) ; Spanish proficiency (optional): B2 Level or equivalent (for French Track)

Survival French is a minimum requirement for acceptance in this programme as all applicants must be in a position to get on while living in France, enabling them to integrate into French culture and daily life. For those students that do not have any knowledge of French whatsoever, please note that beginners’ classes shall only be provided with a minimum number of people enrolling.


Fall Semester:  May 15th    
Spring Semester: October 15th

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Fall Semester (Semester 1):  September/December
Spring Semester (Semester 2):  Mid-January/May


Free movers: from about € 1,180 (European students with a European Health Insurance Card) to about € 1,400.

Erasmus students and non-European students coming from an IEP-partner University are exonerated from payment of fees.

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Study Programme (at least 290 hours of teaching for the entire year – 60 ECTS; or at least 145 hours of teaching per semester and 30 ECTS).
D = distance learning courses (synchronous and/or asynchronous)
H = hybrid courses (on-campus meetings and online assignments)
F = face to face in class
All classes can be followed completely at a distance 

Temporary courses list. The definitive list is awaiting validation and will be available in June. All the courses of the Fall semester will be ONLINE/Virtual (exept the 2 obligatory courses in face to face)
CORE COURSES: FALL SEMESTER = 1st Semester (30 ECTS) 1. Contemporary Political Debates in the UK [D]

The demise of the British Empire triggered a loosening of the traditional bonds between the founding nations of the Kingdom. This seminar will first examine such a process overall, before investigating the present dividing lines. This examination will start with the two Irelands: how what has become the present Republic of Ireland managed to severe all links with its neighbour, and how Northern Ireland became some entity of its own, whose displays of loyalism and unionism are first and foremost aimed at stabilizing a very un-British statu quo. Moving into Britain proper next, we shall investigate the present state of things for Scotland, whose wide-ranging devolution fails short of complete independence, then the bizarre hatred between the English and the Welsh. Last but not least, we will question the Great Divide between the tow Englands of the time.

After a first part which studies the British Isles from the angle of its geography, the second half of this seminar focuses on the politics of contemporary Britain. Two sessions are dedicated to a presentation of British political institutions (and the debates which they give rise to) and of British political parties and party systems. Questions such as the decline of the two-party system, the resilience of the monarchy or the debate over Lords reform are considered. The final three sessions examine the latest major political trends in the UK, such as the rise of Euroscepticism and the Scottish independence debate.

Nathalie Duclos, University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès 20h - 5 ECTS 2. The Political Regime of France [D]

The current political regime of France, the Fifth Republic, was established by the 1958 Constitution. After two centuries of political and constitutional instability, the Fifth Republic is often presented by its numerous supporters as the expression of a political maturity and equilibrium between the principles of liberty and authority. Even if this judgement has to be balanced, it is undeniable that the political regime of today’s France, which is neither a "presidential regime" like the USA nor a classic "parliamentary regime" following the Westminster model, is a quite original and peculiar combination of presidentialism, democracy and rule of law. Its various components and its balance of powers will be presented and discussed in this course

Jean-Michel Eymeri-Douzans, Sciences Po Toulouse 20h - 5 ECTS 3. Changing Environment: Individuals, Socialization, and Values [D]


Henri Jautrou, Sciences Po Toulouse 20 h - 5 ECTS 4. International Migration [D]

This course provides an introduction to the study of global migrations and their consequences for society. It deals with the following topics: categories of migration; theories of migration; migration, ethnicity and identity; the state, politics and migration; the evolution and effectiveness of migration policies; new ethnic minorities and society; migration and development of origin societies, etc. The main textbook of this course is "The Age of Migration. International Population Movements in the Modern World" (de Haas, Castles, Miller, 6th edition).

Farkhad Alimukhamedov, Sciences Po Toulouse 20h - 5 ECTS 5. The Evolution of American Political Campaigns [D]

Ongoing developments in the technological landscape have led to profound changes in the way the news industry, politicians and their constituents interact. In the digital age, the influence of the media on American politics has evolved significantly and today mainstream news organizations are facing new challenges in their attempt to cover political campaigns and policy issues. Meanwhile, the techniques used by politicians to win elections, maintain power and accomplish policy objectives are also shifting. With a specific focus on contemporary presidential elections up to and including 2016, this course looks at the nature of modern American political campaigns and takes into consideration the complex relationships between major actors such as politicians, journalists and voters. The switch from party-centered politics to candidate-centered politics, reforms in campaign finance, changes in media ownership and the decline of adversarial journalism will be among some of the issues covered.

Elio Di Paolantonio, Sciences Po Toulouse 20h - 5 ECTS 6. Contemporary Central Asian Politics & Societies [D]

The course offers an overview of structural and political changes in post-Soviet Central Asia and the Caucasus. It aims to analyse the five Central Asian countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the three republics of the Caucasus - Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.

Although the majority of the countries were the largest recipients of Soviet aid, 25 years on from independence the Caucasus and Central Asia offer mixed economic and political stories. Therefore, the first part of the course will address contemporary challenges of economic transition, nation-building and political structure of the countries.
Historically considered under the framework of the “Great Game” - the struggle for domination in Central Asia and the Caucasus between the Russian empire and others (British, Ottoman), the region has revived geopolitical interests again in the XXI century. Therefore, the second part of the course provides an analysis of the rationale of powers such as Russia, China, the USA and the EU with appropriate examples of foreign-policy approaches developed towards all eight countries located in the Caucasus and Central Asia.

It will also be stressed that both Central Asian and Caucasus countries have gained significant experience and are not mere subordinates of external powers. Furthemore, the course will also question region-building and regionalization attempts within Central Asia and the Caucasus by examining organizations such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Eurasian Economic Union, the Collective Security Treaty Organization and other political and economic initiatives (Great Silk Road, Connect Central Asia) developed by emerging powers.

Farkhad Alimukhamedov, Sciences Po Toulouse 20h - 5 ECTS Obligatory courses 1. Methodology of Writing [F]

To be in a position to write a successful introduction to an essay or to a report with adequate conceptualization of a thesis statement and plan and sufficient academic backing and academic referencing to respond to the requirements of writing techniques in France and in particular at Sciences Po Toulouse. This course is essential for all those who are not knowledgeable of the requirements of the style of writing in France and at Sciences Po in particular. The objective is to enable students to successfully complete the methodological writing requirements that will be needed for all other classes in written assignments. All material shall be provided in the form of photocopies and there is no extra reading except what will be provided. The course will start with theoretical background information to writing and will be followed by sample answers and examples to follow. Discussion in small groups will enable the students to have a hands-on approach.

M. X, Sciences Po Toulouse 5h - 2 ECTS 2. French as a Foreign Language [F]

The course objectives in the English-speaking University Diploma are to pass along language tools that will allow students to communicate as quickly as possible in an everyday environment.
The course is in French-language medium using basic grammar as well as role-play for communicative competency, both of which are used in a progressive manner.
Diverse audio and visual aids will be used.

Nathalie Pélissier, Sciences Po Toulouse 20h - 5 ECTS
CORE COURSES: SPRING SEMESTER = 2nd Semester (30 ECTS) 1. Contemporary issues: a psychological perspective

How are human beings coping with the increasingly fast and changing pace of modern society? Are our brains equipped to cope with the incessant drive for innovation and rapidly evolving scenarios?
In this course we will analyse the complex psychological mechanisms that drive human attitudes and behaviour in a wide range of issues of growing importance. Drawing on traditional psychological theories as well as up to date research, our aim will be to question the evidence supporting these models and theories and critically assess their validity.
Starting with a basic introduction to experimental social psychology, each class will be based on a specific theme such as inter-group behaviour, group influence, environmental psychology, cyberpsychology, psychology in the media and political psychology.
Using a hands-on approach, students will be asked to take part in games, discussions and experimental design to develop critical thinking and draw knowledge from their own experience whilst heightening self-awareness.


Ashun Sierra, Sciences Po Toulouse 20h - 5 ECTS 2. Media and Society

This course tackles the issue of the rise of journalism understood as a distinct set of practices and interests. Journalism emerged in the late 19th century in various western countries (France, the US and more marginally UK will be used as examples in the run of the course). But to understand this historical turning-point it is necessary to take a step back and to present the rise of a culture of printing and reading in western societies starting in the 15th century. Parallel to that major cultural shift a rise of a culture of news emerged and little by little "the world came to know about itself" (Pettegree, 2014). The (short) presentation of this long history will constitute the first part. Thus news production and news consumption did not for a long time mean "journalism" (even if the word existed). The second part of the course will focus on the changes that occurred in the 19th century on both sides of the Atlantic that gave birth to what we know as "journalism": the monopoly of a group of professional actors over the production of information. As a conclusion we will raise the open question of the future of that monopoly that dominated the 20th century.

Olivier Baisnee, Sciences Po Toulouse 20h - 5 ECTS 3. Ireland : Beyond Borders

What do people refer to when they talk about "Ireland"? Do they mean "the Republic of Ireland" or the island as a whole, including Northern Ireland as if there were no border?
In fact, over the years, the Irish Border has become softer, all the more so that today its physical manifestation is difficult to discern. However, now that the UK is leaving the EU, its only main land border with another EU member-state is shared with the Republic of Ireland. After two decades of an open border, and cross-border peacebuilding, Brexit could destabilise the Irish peace-process and the Irish economy. If the deal still has to be delineated by Brexit negotiators, the Irish Border is now back in the limelight.

Starting from these recent political developments, this course is designed to question the notion of Border(s) and use it as a stepping- stone to better understand contemporary Ireland, assuming that even though it is an island, Ireland has always been open to the world. Until 1920, its political centre was in London, i.e. beyond the Irish sea; the partition of the island into two separate countries has shaped Irish politics North and South alike; the Irish diaspora has enabled the country to maintain economic and political ties with the US on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean; Ireland's entry into the EEC and its commitment to European integration has played an important role in the modernization of Irish politics, economy and society; more recently, for the first time in its history, Ireland became a country of inward migration, welcoming people from abroad attracted by the job prospects offered by the rapid economic growth of the Celtic Tiger

The objective of this course is therefore to introduce students to contemporary Ireland and to deepen their understanding of Irish politics and society, both North and South of the Border, in order to equip them with a better understanding of the implications of a possible hardening of the Border in the context of Brexit.

The course is organised as follows:

Class 1: General introduction
This part is going to broach the main political events that marked Irish history since 1801, how the Irish people managed to progressively assert their sovereignty and how the Irish state developed; what Ireland and the Irish people look like today.

Class 2, 3, 4: Northern Ireland.
This part focuses on the development of political violence in Northern Ireland and how the Good Friday Agreement ratified in 1998, the devolution process and European integration deeply transformed and normalised Northern Irish politics. Emphasis will also be laid on the current political institutions and most recent developments in Northern Irish politics.

Class 5, 6, 7: Ireland and European integration
This part aims to illustrate the complex relationship between Irish sovereignty and European integration. It focuses on the implications of entry into the EEC; how European integration greatly contributed to the Irish economic boom and social modernization; how the Irish people perceived European integration; what role the Single Market played in improving the relationship between the North and the South and what the implications of a hard Brexit could be.

Class 8, 9, 10: Immigration to Ireland
Over the past 25 years, the Irish population has reversed its downward trend, thanks to migration from the EU or from other countries. Be they workers or asylum-seekers, the arrival of migrants has had a deep impact on Irish society as a whole, forcing the development of an Irish migration policy and challenging the notion of Irish identity.

M.V Louvet, B. Ni Chiosan, C. Rault. 20h - 5 ECTS 4. Comparative Government & Public Administrations in Europe

Western Europe, far before the start of the European Integration process, has been the motherland of the progressive construction of the modern State as a mode of political organization of societies. Especially inventive, Europe invented both representative government with parliamentary regime (often called the “Westminster Model”) and modern, rational-legal public administration. As a matter of fact, the birth and growth of such a politico-administrative State have followed different paths in the various countries of Europe, ending with the development of various “trajectories of stateness”. This course is a (modest) attempt to familiarize the students with the common features and the diversity of politico-administrative structuration of Western European States – taking the EU as a space for comparison.

J.-M. Eymeri-Douzans, Sciences Po Toulouse 20h - 5 ECTS 5. Economic History

In order to understand properly the structure of today’s world economy, it is necessary to see it as the outcome of a long-term evolution – whose implications for the present are far from neutral. This course presents a number of fundamental topics in international economics from an historical perspective. Particular emphasis is given to 19th and 20th century economic history, but the approach is thematic rather than chronological. Covered subjects include: market integration and trade policy; factor movements and international business; international banking and finance; growth and business cycles; and international political economy. The aim is to provide participants with a number of useful interpretative tools, allowing them to analyse the economic foundations of international relations nowadays.

Stefano Ugolini, Sciences Po Toulouse 20h - 5 ECTS 6. Management of Rewards in the Public Service

This course is an introduction to a major current sub-topic of Human Resource Management in the public sector, namely the management of rewards, aiming at attracting and retaining talents. Our perspective is the one of Political Science, sensitive to all the political dimensions, the various institutional, social, historical, cultural, demographic constraints which interfere in the instauration and evolution of a system of rewards for public servants in a given national context. Our goal is, by the end of the course, that students become familiar with the main explicit and underlying issues at stake when a HR policy of rewarding public servants is discussed, adopted and implemented.
The course comprises 5 chapters:
1. “Managing rewards”, what are we talking about?
2. The management of/by rewards in the private sector, a “model” for the Civil Service?
3. The actual management of/by rewards in nowadays Civil Service: a diversity of practices & marginal use of PRP so far
4. Performance-Related-Pay: limits, faults and deadlocks
5. Can we imagine a system of motivation & reward-for-performance of civil servants which would be compatible with the Public Service values & ethics?

Jean-Michel Eymeri-Douzans, Sciences Po Toulouse 20h - 5 ECTS Obligatory courses 1. Methodology of Writing [F]

This class is designed and intended to aid students who are not familiar with the methodology of writing in France and in particular at Sciences Po. Structure and writing skills are the key to successful completion of a course of study in France and students will be guided in the elaboration and development of how to formulate and put forward a thesis statement correctly with a plan. The importance of building a strong foundation in the conceptualization and operationalisation of research, with the need to take into account of how to design a project that is to be presented either orally or in written format will be dealt with in a hands-on approach through activities in small groups of students. We shall focus on the predominant emphasis that should be provided in the opening sentence of the introduction, the significance of the definition of the terms to define the framework and scope of the piece that is being written as well as need to back up arguments with critical academic research references.

M. X, Sciences Po Toulouse 5h - 2 ECTS 2. French as a Foreign Language [F]

The course objectives in the English-speaking University Diploma are to pass along language tools that will allow students to communicate as quickly as possible in an everyday environment.
The course is in French-language medium using basic grammar as well as role-play for communicative competency, both of which are used in a progressive manner.
Diverse audio and visual aids will be used.

Nathalie Pélissier, Sciences Po Toulouse 20h - 5 ECTS


Elio DI PAOLANTONIO, Professor of English Deputy Director of International Relations & Pedagogical Coordinator of the DU INTERNATIONAL
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Quitterie DUBOSCQ, Professor of Spanish Deputy Director of International Relations & Pedagogical Coordinator of the DU INTERNATIONAL

Jérôme VIGUIER, Professor of Spanish Director of International Relations
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Nadia EL GHARBI, Head of International Office
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Elise VERNON, Administrative Assistant for International Students
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