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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FREN3412 - 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

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FREN6527 - Methodology:Hist, Psci, Phil      

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

Mostly relying on modern French history, this course offers an introduction to the methodology for the social and human sciences. It will be structured around a series of exercises, such as summaries of texts, analysis and comments of documents, oral presentations and essays. One of the aims of this course is to prepare students about to go and study in France, but it will also prepare students who are starting a four-summer Master’s program.

Required Texts
La France au XIXe siècle, 1814-1914
Dominique Barjot, Jean-Pierre Chaline, André Encrevé
Collection: Quadrige
Presse Universitaire de France 2014
ISBN 10 : 2130632572 ⁄ISBN 13 : 9782130632573

La France de 1914 à nos jours
Jean-François Sirinelli
Collection Quadrige
Presses Universitaires de France 2014
ISBN 2 13 053843 6 Methodology

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN6640 - 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 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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