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MAD ceris teaching system

The programme, based on empirical methods, aims to relate conceptual frameworks and contemporary realities of today's international politics. This objective is pursued through lectures, discussions, seminars in small groups, presentations by participants and self-study from the reading materials available.

Lectures are delivered in English and French (the former accounting for roughly 90 % of the lectures). The choice of the language depends on the lecturer invited, and participants are required to have at least a passive knowledge of French. Lectures are always followed by a discussion with the guest speaker.

Seminars complement the lectures, providing course participants with an opportunity to discuss the critical issues presented in the lectures with the guest expert. In addition, an optional residential seminar is organised every year at the campus of the Jean Monnet Faculty (Sceau) by the Collège d'Etudes Interdisciplinaires de l'Université Paris-sud 11 (CEI).

Self study is vital to this course. The modules are supported by two volumes of Background Readings. It consists of a selection of recent and authoritative academic publications on the topic, and a bibliography updated every year. Participants are provided with the textbooks in advance of each module, both to prepare themselves for the lecture, and to pursue a more in depth study in preparation for the end of course oral exam. In addition participants are also provided with Outlines and Proceedings of the lectures.