Nicolas Roussellier is an Assistant Professor of Political History at Sciences Po (Paris). He is also a Professor at Middlebury College (Centre Madeleine in Paris and Vermont Campus). He has published several books or contributions on French Political History, especially on the transformations of Republican institutions and parliamentary democracy.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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FREN 3412 - Great Speeches Fr Pol Rhetoric
Great Speeches in French Political Rhetoric
This course will study a variety of modern political speeches from the French Revolution to the present time. It offers a panorama of the evolution of French political rhetoric according to its historical, political, intellectual, and religious context. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with the political literature of France. They will work on the art of rhetoric and of political discourse in a concrete and lively manner, notably through enrichment of vocabulary, knowledge of the diversity of language styles, analysis of argumentation, and discursive strategies. Students will have the opportunity to write a political speech which will be performed in a special event : the 'Soirée de l'Eloquence politique'.
No Required texts.
Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools
FREN 6527 - Methodology:Hist, Psci, Phil
Methodology Applied to Civilization: History, Political Science, and Philosophy
Methodology applied to Civilization: history, political science and philosophy.
This course will introduce and explore the main tools of French methodology in social sciences (History, political science, sociology, philosophy). These tools range from the synthesis, to the dissertation (in the French meaning) to text analysis and oral presentation. The course will be based on practical exercises performed by students under the supervision of the professor. This course will be particularly helpful for those who will proceed to Paris, and those who wish to write research papers.
Vincent MILLOT, Olivier WIEVIORKA, Méthode pour le commentaire et la dissertation historiques, ISBN-13: 978-2200248949 Methodology
Summer 2015 Language Schools
FREN 6640 - Hist France:Metropol to Global
History of France—From the Metropolitan to the Global Level
(Section A - Methodology ; Section B - Civilization)
This course offers students a condensed panorama of the principal changes marking the history of France since the Age of Enlightenment. France will be studied from the perspectives of the metropolis and its external relationships and actions (colonies, migrations, exiles, etc.). Two topics receiving particular attention will be the creation of the nation-state confronted with the instability of political regimes, and social, religious, and cultural identities, from the search for unity to recognition of minorities.
N.B. Students who choose section A can validate their credits in methodology (equivalent to 6525) or they can choose standard evaluation without validating the methodology unit.
1) Berstein, Winock; Histoire de la France politique, tome 3, L’invention de la démocratie: 1789-1914; ISBN-13: 978-2757802267; Seuil
2) Berstein, Winock; Histoire de la France politique, tome 4, La République recommencée: 1914 à nos jours;
ISBN-13: 978-2757831656 or 9782757802274; Seuil Civ Cul & Soc Pedagogy
Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools