French political institutions


The course is divided into two stages. The first stage will consist of studying French constitutional history, to be able to historically situate the Constitution of the Fifth Republic within the political “tradition” of France since the Revolution.   The second part of the course will then consist in examining the constitutional organs of the State and their relations as organised by the Constitution of 4 October 1958.

Recommended Prerequisite(s)

No prerequisites for this course, but students must have basic knowledge of the functioning of political systems, as would be expected of any citizen. As the course is to be attended by foreign students (students in a dual program or completing their compulsory year abroad), sufficient proficiency in written and oral French is required.

Form of assessment

- Not assessed  for the general program  and FIFMA

- Assessed for a maximum of 1 ECTS credit point for the other programs 


  • Chevallier (J-J), Carcassonne (G), Duhamel (O), Histoire de la Ve République (1958 - 2012), Dalloz, 2012.
  • Debbasch (R), Droit constitutionnel, Lexis Nexis, 2014.
  • Gicquel (J) et Gicquel (J-E), Droit constitutionnel et institutions politiques, LGDJ Lextenso Editions, 2015.
  • Gicquel (J-E), Comprendre la Constitution de 1958, textes et commentaires, Lexis Nexis, 2015.

Educational formula

The lecture course provides a logical presentation of the issues addressed, based on texts and documents provided to the students (on the Moodle teaching platform) and projected during class.

In brief

Year First year

Teaching languageFrench

Teaching term Six-monthly

Number of hours 18.0

Teaching activityLecture course

ValidationFinal written examination

Mandatory teaching



Forest Amandine [+]

Houdayer Corinne

Educational manager :
Lafore Robert [+]