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KINT 4925 - Global Issues and Leadership : A joint transatlantic course with Georgia Tech

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course is designed as an international learning experiment. It is very practice-oriented. It will be composed of 15 Atlanta students at Georgia Tech and 15 students in Paris at PSIA, Sciences Po. Faculty will also come from both institutions in an interactive program of lectures, writings and presentations to explore the question: “How do we learn to understand and analyze complicated global problems working in highly diverse groups of people and perspectives when no one is really “in charge” or in the same location?". This course uses selected global issues as a means to explore the complexity of the issues and develop your understanding of, and leadership skills in, diverse, multicultural and global environments. You will be challenged to organize yourselves in small rotating groups with international partners to explore and critically examine selected current global issues. Working in these groups you will seek to define, analyze and gain an understanding of the key issues. Based on your analysis you will then with your team jointly present a background “policy briefing” to one or more senior policy makers on the various challenges, options and views. The “policy briefing” will take the form of a presentations to the visiting policy experts followed by a Q&A session between them, your group, and your peers. The faculty, the visiting experts, and any former course participant “coaches” and your classmates will evaluate these briefings. By the end of the course, student will have acquired important leadership and team-work skills that will be key to any career at a global level.


SCHERRER, Vanessa C. (Vice Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po.)

Pedagogical format

Three major selected topics will be selected as case studies to work on these skills. Still to be confirmed: 1. Responding to Environmental Global Change ; 2. Challenges to the World Economic Order and 3. Privacy and Security in the Digital Age. The course uses current events, historical materials, special readings and guest speakers to provide a foundation for class participation. The course will welcome distinguished leaders whose voices have provided guidance on these global issues. Students will work in groups and will jointly conduct their own research of the issues and provide succinct oral and written issue analysis for class discussion. Based on your analysis each team will present a background “policy briefing” to one or more senior policy makers on your team's analysis of the problem(s) the driving forces, challenges, options and views. Your “policy briefing” will consist of a 12-14 minute oral presentation with visual aids followed by a Q&A session with the experts and other students. In addition, each week, you may be asked to prepare and publish a succinct Blog Comment on the class Blog website. Regular attendance and generous participation in discussions is assumed. Student presentations will be video recorded and available on the web for review. There are differences in class schedules.

Course validation

Student participants are expected to actively prepare and engage in both the subject matters under study and in experimenting how we can learn with and from each other. As the effort here is create a learning community – not just to master a subject – there will be points given for efforts to advance the process as well as for achievement. Please note that the mechanics of the class may change as we proceed, and therefore the point system for activities may also evolve with notice to the participants. Please bear in mind the experimental spirit of this course and welcome to this pioneering course! The baseline guide regardless of the changes will remain roughly: 25% for each presentation (graded by team with some leeway to take into account each student's preparation, personal performance and engagement in class, blogging and discussion); 25% for the final individual one-page memo.


The model described is based on a seminar of 30 students. We will operate in local groups of 3 and 3 forming a briefing group of 6 participants drawn from both schools. We will have 5 groups of 6 and the briefings will 10-15 (max) minutes each with 10 minutes of questions for the full 3 hours. The model entrust the student groups with the responsibility to schedule and organize their own meetings. The model also provides a mechanism to demonstrate accountability by an on-line link with the course instructors.