General knowledge


The general knowledge approach is a cross-cutting approach combining the application of knowledge and critical thinking (understood in the etymological sense of the word "critical": " having the knowledge, ability, or discernment to pass judgment "). The method conference in general knowledge provides an opportunity to merge knowledge from different disciplines in the fields of human and social sciences, taught at Sciences Po Bordeaux. It combines different disciplines and types of knowledge, as a basis for a reflection on the contemporary world. The General knowledge class combines methodology, acquisition and further development of knowledge, and builds on solid spatial and temporal benchmarks (importance of history and geography, history of ideas) and promotes the development of informed personal opinions. It provides an opportunity to develop written and oral expression, solid argumentation and debating skills.

Recommended Prerequisite(s)

Baccalaureate level knowledge in history, geography, philosophy. A good knowledge of French and international current affairs. An interest in all forms of cultural expression.

Educational formula

Various types of exercises are performed

Oral exercises:  presentations, geographic …..(two per semester), reading report, presentation/discussion…

Written exercises: 2 detailed essay plans, 2 essays (trial run), knowledge test.

In brief

Year First year

Teaching languageFrench

Teaching term Annual

ECTS credits 5.0

Number of hours 36.0

Teaching activityMethod seminar

ValidationFinal oral examination

Mandatory teaching



Forest Amandine [+]

Houdayer Corinne

Educational manager :
Taliano Françoise [+]