UE Code : IM1-SSOL-HOME1 Academic year : 2016-2017

Information on the course unit

Program / Education :

Master of Science / Master International agribusiness

Level :

First year of the Master International agribusiness

Language(s) :


Studies organization

Credits :


Semester :


Total Hours :

22.00 (Hours of teaching + individual study)


Objectives :

- To develop critical thinking and open-mindedness, to be able to answer questions
- To develop complex reasoning on a subject at the interface of ethical, personal and societal issues
- To consider all the aspects of an issue raised, understand the logic at work (political, economic, social, etc.) with an intercultural approach
- To gain awareness of one’s own opinions
- To formulate (through classes, Seminars (TD), reading and research) individual critical thinking
- To be able to present ideas clearly and logically
- To be able to challenge an initial point of view (change in thinking) and to acknowledge it
- To be able to offer specific solutions/recommendations

Contents :

1) Introduction to the module and activities to be completed + initial questions – Seminar 1 hr 30 mins (entire graduating class) – F. Allard-Huver –

2) History of science / epistemology / artistic representations with an intercultural approach – D. Malheurty, F. Casey & F. Allard-Huver
a. Introduction class "What is epistemology?”: “The Galileo Affair” – Seminars (TD) 1 hr 30 mins (entire graduating class) – D. Malheurty, F. Casey & F. Allard-Huver
b. History of science & epistemology – Seminars (TD) 1 hr 30 mins (entire graduating class) – F. Allard-Huver –
From “black boxes” to “monsters” (Latour / Foucault / Bachelard)
c. “To knowledge is power” – Seminars (TD) 1 hr 30 mins (entire graduating class) – F. Casey
Scientific revolutions & paradigm shifts (Kuhn)
d. Artistic representations – Seminars (TD) 1 hr 30 mins (entire graduating class) – F. Casey –
Functions of art and its place in the construction of both our individual and collective work and scientific representations (most notably from the invention then the abandonment of perspective)

3) Methodological Content: Discussion on sources and the bibliography/Foreign sources & research in a foreign language – Seminar 1 hr 30 mins in 2 groups– F. Allard-Huver.

4) Methodological Content: Tools for structured reasoning
a. Heuristic diagram – Seminar 1 hr 30 mins in 2 groups– F. Allard-Huver –
b. "Problem-solving” diagram - Seminar 1 hr 30 mins in 2 groups- E. Chauvet -

5) Case Study: Endocrine disrupters or planned obsolescence
a. Analysis of a sociotechnical controversy with a video shown followed by a debate/questions – Seminars (TD) 2 hrs – F. Casey & F. Allard-Huver + other scientific/technical colleagues –
b. Case study debriefing – Seminar 1 hr 30 mins in 2 groups– F. Allard-Huver + F.Casey –
c. Observation sheet / Observation grid (pathos / rhetoric / decrypting)

Accompanied work session on the subject – Accompanied Work (TA) in 2 groups – F. Allard-Huver –

Prerequisites :

Teaching methods :

• Classes which help the student work on developing a well-argued thought.
• Participatory teaching method with discussions and debates
• Individual reading

Assessment :

Presentation of a written dossier made up of:
- 1 presentation of the subject + arguments + student's personal opinion
- 2 diagrams related to the chosen subject (heuristics + problem-solving)
- 1 general (popular) subject article (600 words)
1 bibliography (10% foreign sources)

Bibliography :

International Agribusiness Master

A 3 semester program that aims to:
• Prepare  future  executives  capable  of  establishing  and  developing  agribusiness relations worldwide;
• Offer future executives, who already have acquired a technical training in the field of  agriculture  and  food  industry, a thorough practical knowledge of positions related to international trade in the European and other economic blocks markets context