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IEP Courses


The Institute of Political Science proposes a general program covering every aspect of the social sciences. International students will acquire the working methods that gave French IEPs their reputations: note taking, research reading and oral presentations. This methodology is linked to the study of general current issues, with a particular emphasis on economic, political and social questions.

Introductory training course

Students staying in Toulouse for the whole academic year attend an intensive three-week program in September. They are offered general knowledge about French language, French institutions, and local history. At the end of this introductory program, a series of written and oral tests determine which courses they are allowed to choose.

Fall semester

International students attend three methodology courses:

  • French
  • Culture and Society
  • Writing Techniques

In addition, they choose six courses among the ones proposed to French students. The IEP delivers a five-year degree divided in ten semesters. Every international student has automatic access to the lectures of semesters 1 and 3 (first and second years of the degree). International students who successfully passed the introductory tests have also access to the lectures of semester 7 (fourth year). Here are, for example, some of the courses you can attend:

Semester 1

  • French Political and Administrative Structures (law)
  • Legal Order and Hierarchy of Norms (law)
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • History of Economic Theories
  • Political Science I
  • Sociology of Political Participation
  • Political Ideas from Antiquity to the French Revolution
  • Sociology of Culture
  • Sociology of Communication

Semester 3

  • Public Service and Public Power (law)
  • The Judging Function (law)
  • International Economics
  • Business Management
  • Sociology of the European Institutions
  • Theory of International Relations (political science)
  • Sociology of Organizations
  • Sociology of Science

Semester 7

  • Policies of State Modernization
  • Economic Public Law
  • Constitutional Engineering (political science)
  • Sociology of Law
  • International Law & Development
  • Development Economy
  • Theory of International Relations II
  • Middle East: Politics & Societies
  • Business Law
  • Business & Bank Financing
  • Marketing
  • Financial Analysis
  • Economy of Knowledge
  • Cultural & Education Policies
  • Communication Theory
  • Sociology of Journalism

Students can write a research paper for additional credits.
Exceptionally, they also have the possibility to replace some of the previous lectures by courses from Toulouse's other universities (including Toulouse Music Conservatory).

Spring semester

International students attend three methodology courses:

  • French
  • French Institutions and Political Life
  • Working Methods

In addition, they choose six courses among the ones proposed to French students. Every international student has automatic access to the lectures of semesters 2 and 4 (first and second years of the degree). According to their levels, they may have access to the lectures of semester 8 (fourth year) as well. Here are, for example, some of the courses you can attend:

Semester 2

  • Business & Market (microeconomics)
  • Macroeconomics: Theories & Politics
  • Socio-history of Political Ideas in the XIXth and the XXth Centuries
  • Political History of France in the XXth Century
  • History of European Construction since 1948
  • Art, Literature & Politics

Semester 4

  • Political, Economic & Financial Globalization
  • Sociology of State
  • The Communist System (history)
  • Public Law of Competition
  • Economic Regulation & Public Services in Europe
  • International Relations Players
  • Public Management
  • Sociology of Public Action
  • Political Philosophy
  • Media & Communication (law)
  • Sociological Comparison of Politics
  • International Finance
  • Social Players of Politics
  • Urban & Local Economy
  • Pictures and Societies (sociology)

Semester 8

  • Work Law
  • Political Behavior
  • Political Communication
  • Comparison of Social Systems in the European Union
  • Security Theory (political science)
  • Understanding Latin America Today
  • Law of the Press
  • Law of Intellectual Property
  • Media Economy & New Economy
  • History of the Press

Students are required to write a research paper.
Exceptionally, they have the possibility to replace some of the previous lectures by courses from Toulouse's other universities (including Toulouse Music Conservatory).