Accueil > Introduction to political science


Type d'enseignement : Lecture and tutorials

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 60

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course will seek to present students with major concepts within the field of Political Science and to emphasize the empirical value of political phenomena. Thus, epistemological and theoretical perspectives (notions like power, legitimacy) will be highlighted and examined through a number of concrete case studies. Furthermore, the course aims to present the discipline through a variety of paradigmatic examples but will demonstrate that alternative theoretical models of explanation can also be integrated for a more pragmatic and eclectic style of research.


  • LINDEMANN, Thomas (full professor)
  • PERRON, Catherine M. (tenured research fellow)

Pedagogical format


Required reading

  • Anderson, B., Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, Verso, 1983
  • Allison, G. & P. Zelikow, Essence of decision, Pearson, 1999 [1971]
  • Arendt, H., The origins of totalitarism, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1973
  • Barber, B., Strong democracy, University of California Press, 2004
  • Bourdieu, P., « La représentation politique », Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales, 1981, 36(1), pp. 3-24

Additional required reading

  • Campbell, A., P. Converse & al., The American voter, University of Chicago Press, 1980
  • Della Porta D. , Social Movements, political violence and the state. A comparative analysis of Italy and Germany, Cambridge University Press, 1995
  • Downs, A., An economic theory of democracy, Harper & Row, 1957
  • Duverger, M., Les partis politiques, Paris, Seuil, 1992 [1951]
  • Elias, N., La dynamique de l'Occident, Paris, Calmann-Lévy, 1975
  • Foucault, M., Surveiller et punir, Paris, Gallimard, 1975
  • Habermas, J., The structural transformation of the public sphere, MIT Press
  • Huntington, S., Political Order in Changing Societies, Yale University Press, 2006
  • Hirschman, A.O., Exit, voice and loyalty, Harvard University Press, 1969
  • Kalyvas, S., The Logic of Violence in Civil War, Cambridge University Press, 2006
  • Lijphart, A., Patterns of democracy, Yale University Press, 2012
  • Lindemann, T., Causes of War. The struggle for recognition. ECPR Press, 2011
  • Lipset, S.M. & S. Rokkan (eds), Party systems and voter alignments, New York, Free Press
  • Machiavel, N., Le Prince, Paris, UEG, 1967 [1532]
  • Manin, B., Principes du gouvernement représentatif, Calmann Lévy, 2012 [1995]
  • Olson, M., The logic of collective action, Harvard University Press, 1971 [1965]
  • Ostrom, E., Governing the commons, Cambridge University Press, 1990

Senior lecturers

  • ATTIEH HADDAD, Hala (Professor, Researcher assistant)
  • CRISAN-REVOL, Adina I. (Policy coordinator, European Commission)
  • MELLUL, Corinne (Lecturer in Political Science)
  • PIC, Guillaume B. (Sciences Po Doctoral School graduate (Political Theory))