Nicolas Roussellier


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.



Course List: 

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FREN 3412 - Great Speeches Fr Pol Rhetoric      

Great Speeches of 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 of this course will have the opportunity to write by themselves different political speeches which will be performed in class (Friday).

Summer 2014 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session, Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session, Summer 2017 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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FREN 6527 - Methodology:Hist, Psci, Phil      

Methodology Applied to Civilization: History, Political Science and Philosophy.

The purpose of this course is to explain the French methodology used for written and oral exercises such as synthesis, dissertation and text analysis (plus oral presentation). The course aims at providing practical tools for social sciences (history, political science, philosophy) and will be based on practical exercises performed by the students of the class under the supervision of the professor. The methodology will be very important for those who will study in France. The contents of the class (with a large range of texts and documents) will be focused on the French political history of the Republic, from the 19th century to the present.

Required text:
- Vincent MILLOT, Olivier WIEVIORKA, Méthode pour le commentaire et la dissertation historiques, 4eme édition, 2011, Paris, Armand Colin, 128 pages. ISBN-13: 978-2200248949 Methodology

Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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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.

Required Text:
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 2014 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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FREN 6651F - French Political Issues      

French Political Issues : Past and Present

“French Political Issues” is a history course with a special emphasis put on politics. The purpose of the course is to help students to understand the current political problems and controversies on the nature of the Republic, the French “laïcité”, the crisis of the integration model and the transformation of the Left and of the Right. The course will be built on a large review of the historical background with a chronological approach. The course will offer insights on the French political history from the Revolution of 1789 to the Fifth Republic. It will examine institutional, ideological and social facets of the French polity (including colonial and “imperial” history). The aim of the course is to give a solid knowledge of the evolution of French political issues from the 19th century to the present time. The course will also provide a good opportunity for the students to improve their methodological skills through text analysis, written essays and oral presentations.

Required texts:
- Michel WINOCK, Serge. BERSTEIN (ed.), L’Invention de la démocratie, de 1789 à 1914 ISBN-13: 978-2757802267
- Michel WINOCK, Serge BERSTEIN (ed.), La République recommencée, 1914 à nos jours ISBN-13: 978-2757831656 Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Paris 6 Week Session

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