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Political Science

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Learning outcome targets

The aim of this course is to provide training in political science related to public policy. More precisely, this is focused on three main themes which correspond to multiple opportunities in the workplace and which are connected with areas of research in laboratories:
-local and national public action (in three main areas: prevention and safety policies, regional policies and ecological transition policies)
-international public action (cooperation policy, development policies and international negotiations on public policy issues)
-policy-related communication: communication by public institutions on the policies they pursue and by private organisations as part of their strategies to influence.
The course focuses closely on theoretical teaching (training through research in connection with the fields of specialisation in the linked laboratories) and teaching with a professional dimension (with a significant contribution from professional contributors, practical exercises, professional role-playing situations - role-playing games in particular - and seminars on methods preparing for entry into professional life).
Emphasis is also placed on the international aspect, not only in the 3 courses dealing with international policies, but also in the 5 others: by taking into account international and European standards, by integrating comparative studies, by teaching in English and English lessons, by developing international partnerships and by the possibility of work placements or dissertations abroad.
The aim of the course is also to enable political science students to enrol in research programmes related to the research topics of the 2 UMRs in social science to which the ECs in political science are attached (CESDIP and Printemps): criminal policies, urban policies, social and health policies, sustainable development and ecological transition policies, and international and communication professionals in particular.

Post-graduate profile

-Understanding of political science
-Ability to carry out a survey in social sciences
-Ability to decipher political and social issues at different levels (local, national, international) in order to establish a common diagnosis
-Capacity to strategically manage a project in a political, administrative or private institution (advising on communication or on local, national or international public policies)

Transfer paths

Different transfer paths are available (between M1 and M2 only, not at the end of the 1st semester) and will be authorised by the teaching panel upon consideration of the student's record and an interview:
-between the study chosen in the 2nd semester of the Political Science M1 from the first semester for the political communication courses) and all the M2 study paths (mainly the introductory study paths)
-between the two "Communication Policies" study paths (in apprenticeship)
-between the "Management of territories and local development" (Agriculture) study path and the course "Careers in Politics and in Public Territorial Action "(UVSQ)
-between the 4th year of IEP Saint-Germain-en-Laye and 4 of the standard M2 study paths that allow IEP students to earn their diploma (as well as the Master's degree) at the same time.

Academic partnerships

Sciences Po Saint--Germain-en-Laye (Université Cergy-Pontoise)


The discipline is open primarily to students with a degree in political science or a qualification from an Institute of Political Studies (such as a Grande Ècole). It is also open to students who have had a background in social and human sciences: primarily in sociology, public law, history, geography, land use planning and philosophy.

Skills required within the Field of Study :
  • Understand and decipher the institutional, political and social environment at different levels (local, national, international)

  • Develop a study using the tools of political science analysis and social science methods

  • Conduct a strategic or communication project within the framework of a political and/or administrative institution, and/or in a private body interacting with this type of institution.

  • Design an approach to evaluate a public policy or strategy at different levels (local and international in particular).

  • Develop a shared diagnosis based on reflective analysis to conduct a negotiation or a strategy