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The following is a historical sampling of possible elective courses available to Arts & Business students at some of Skidmore's partner institutions in Paris that offer coursework in English. All courses require department chair approval and may only count as general elective credit. This list should be used as a guide. Course numbers listed are not guaranteed. Courses listed are not guaranteed to be offered during your semester in Paris.

Actual elective course offerings will vary each semester depending on what is available through the local universities and students’ academic needs. Final course selections and enrollment will take place in Paris at the beginning of the semester, and are based on instructor availability, university course offerings, and student need. All courses are taught in English unless otherwise indicated. This list is subject to change.

Institut de Langue et de Culture Française (ILCF) at l’Institut Catholique de Paris


(ICLF - Institut de Langue et de Culture Française)

The main objective of this course is to give students grouding in how the French political and economic systems function so as to better understand the peculiarities of the French system, in particular, the importance of Republican values. In addition, sutdnest will discover different aspects of liefe in European Countries in a comparative context. Upon successful completion of the course, students will have acquired the basic knowledge necessary of French institutions and economy as well as other areas of French social life to be able to understand and explain the important issues that France is faced with today.
  • The French Republic and Republican values.
  • Political insitutions under the Fifth Republic
  • Political Parties
  • The French economic model and dirigisme
  • France and globalization
  • Working practices in France
  • The French social model
  • The university system
  • The media in France
  • France and Europe
  • French foreign policy

(ICLF - Institut de Langue et de Culture Française)

This course will explore four original aspects of contemporary French cinema: auteurism (theory of the filmmaker as an author), feminist cinema, postcolonial cinema, and the French comedy. Students will learn how to read a filmic text with accurate analysis tolls and will discover current social and political issues of French society through one of its favorite mediums: film. Since its invention by the Lumière brothers, Cinema has always been regarded in France as a major artistic expression. Intellectual, sophisticated and stylish, contemporary French cinema can also be simple, sensual, and…fun!

(ICLF - Institut de Langue et de Culture Française)

  • Discover how the EU functions
  • Understand political, economic, cultural, and social aspects of the EU
  • Examine relations of Europe with the rest of the world, the USA included
  • Major historical landmarks from 1950 (the Schuman Declaration, May 9 1950) onwards (we will work on the different steps leading to the European Union as we know it today, the different building stages of the institutions).
  • The European Constitution and the different institutions of the EU. The structure of the European institutions and their decision-makers. We will tackle constitutional issues and problems.
  • Different institutions of Europe and European citizenship. The European Charter of Fundamental Rights (civil, economic, and social rights).
  • Economic and Monetary Union. The single currency. We will devote some time to the implementation of the Euro. We will see the case of the UK and the Eurozone.
  • Population of Europe and EU demographics today. Size and population, the differences and similarities in different fields (gender, age groups, health, unemployment and so on). European regions.
  • The Single Market. The common agricultural policy (issues and evolution).
  • Population mobility in Europe, the case of educational exchanges (Erasmus), and work mobility. The Schengen area and the idea of a borderless Europe. Push and pull factors to mobility within the Union.
  • Intercultural Dialogue. The European cultural policy, diversity, languages. Debates related to the cultural identity of the EU.
  • Environmental issues in the EU. Policy of sustainable development. Quality of life, transport, energy and the environment.
  • Enlargement. From a 6 country common market in 1957 to a 27-country union today. Candidate countries to the enlargement. The special case of Turkey.
  • The EU and the rest of the world. Economic activity and trade. Aid to development, global solidarity. EU Election Assistance and Observation. The European Security and Defense Policy.

(ICLF - Institut de Langue et de Culture Française)

The course is conceived as a survey. It is intended for students who have limited or little knowledge of French philosophy. It will therefore provide a first insight to the major authors of the modern and contemporary French period from Descartes to René Girard. The second objective of the course is to help the students to enlarge their philosophical understanding on topics as diverse as: knowledge and human mind, society and law, rationalism and metaphysics, relationship with others, violence and sacrifice.

(ICLF - Institut de Langue et de Culture Française)


  • 13-14th Century: The Gothic Era
  • 15th Century: Fashion at the Burgondy court
  • 16th Century: Fashion at the course of François I and Henri III; the Italian and Spanish influences
  • 17th Century: The reigns of Henri IV and Louis XIII; Louis XIV, the Sun King and the luxury trade
  • 18th Century: The reigns of Louis XV and Louis XVI; From rococo to neo-clacisissim; The Revolution and the Directorate.
  • 19th Century: The I Empire 1800-1814; Napoleon and Fashion; The Restoration and the July Monarchy 1815-1848; Romanticism, bourgeoisie and Fashion; the Second Empire 1852-1970; Charles Frederick Worth and the birth of Haute Couture; The early III République 1871-1900; the triumph of Historicism.
  • 20th Century: 1900 Fashion of the Belle Epoque; 1909 The Revolution of Paul Poiret; 1925 The Roaring Twenties; 1925-1939 The reign of the couturieres; Chanel Vionnet Schiaparelli; 1939-1945 Wartime and Fashion; 1947 Christian Dior and the New Look; 1950-1960 The golden age of Haute Couture; 1960-1980: Postmodern Age I; and 1980-2010 The Postmodern Age II.

American Business School

(American Business School)

Students will make short presentations and discuss the social and aesthetic questions implicit in how these “pop lit” authors combine history, biography, art, and fiction. How, for example, can readers distinguish a documented life from wholly invented episodes? What are the consequences of making a story center on documents and diaries that don’t even exist? In other words, do authors of this popular genre have obligations to their characters, to their readers, or to the religious, artistic, and secular institutions whose histories they take huge liberties with? Other issues include the ethics of inventing biography when almost nothing is known about the individual and of embellishing the few biographical details that are known. More technically, what interpretations do readers make because of the accompanying materials (forewords, timelines, notes, pictures, blurbs, bibliographies) that change from one edition to the next? Which edition are you reading, and how does it influence your judgments about the art, the history, the biographies, the fiction, and the “lies”?

(American Business School)

Basic concepts and processes of world politics will be illustrated through the analysis of power rivalries, competing images and ideologies and transformation of world economic relations. Students should acquire a basic understanding of the nation state system, power relationships, the balance of power, and of political and economic relations among nations so that they will be more aware and informed as world citizens.