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Espace mondial, a French vision of Global studies

Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris via Coursera


To explain how globalization rebuilt public policy and social behavior, we study the different political, economic, and social actors - public or private, individual or collective - and the exchanges and interactions between them that are remaking international relations. This course is inspired by a French sociological and historical approach to international relations.

This course is also available in french version:


  • Introduction
    • The current global world implies a new approach of the international arena, breaking with classical theories.
  • Inequalities
    • The main economic and social parameters indicate an unequal and instable world.
  • Regionalism
    • The nation-state territory is challenged by new kinds of integration, and particularly by fragile regional constructions.
  • World Actors
    • Nation-states are no more the only international actor. Many groups and 7 billions of individuals are now potential actors of our current international system.
  • Globalization
    • Globalization is a complex process which is challenging the main traditional aspects of the world order.
  • Identities
    • Identity has to be revisited and considered as a social and a political construct.
  • Religions
    • Religion is perceived as a major parameter of the present world order, but generally in an oversimplified way.
  • Nation State
    • Is traditional nation-state still working everywhere around the world?
  • Power
    • Is power still meaningful and efficient?
  • War and Peace
    • New international conflicts have a specific configuration and imply a new treatment.
  • International System
    • Polarization and multilateralism are the new features of the post 1945 international system. The first one is probably over; the second one is challenged.
  • Conclusion
    • Going ahead to a new regulation?

Taught by

Marie-Françoise Durand

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