Here are the annals of all the subjects that have taken place in the Concours commun d’entrée en1ère année des Sciences Po communs since its creation in 2008.
From 2008 to 2014, the Common Entrance Examination included only 6 provincial IEPs: Aix-en-Provence, Lille, Lyon, Rennes, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Strasbourg, and Toulouse. In 2014, a 7th IEP was added: Saint-Germain-En-Laye.
After reaching an agreement on the use of the name “Sciences Po” in conjunction with the name of the city(see the difference between “Sciences Po” and “IEP”), these regional Sciences Po or provincial Sciences Po, which offer a unified competitive examination, have come together under the brand name “Réseau Sciences Po”.
We are therefore offering you all the subjects that have fallen since the creation of this common entrance exam for several Sciences Po establishments in France, which should now be called “Réseau Sciences Po”, while being aware of the evolution of the exam’s modalities.
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The annals of the history
the IEP 1A competitive examination in 2022:
The politics of the French state during World War II from:
Document 1: Vichy poster, 1941, at the Musée de l’Armée in Paris entitled “Laissez-nous tranquilles” (Leave us alone)
Document 2: excerpt from Philippe Pétain’s statements before the High Court of Justice on July 23, 1945
History subject for the IEP 1A exam in 2021: Test cancelled because of covid-19
History subject for theIEP 1A exam in 2020 : Test cancelled due to covid-19
History subject for the IEP 1A exam in 2019: The People’s Republic of China, a diplomatic and military power (from 1945 to nowadays)
History topic for the IEP 1A competition in 2018: The expansion of communism in the world (45-79)
History topic for the IEP 1A exam in 2017: The United States and the world since 1945.
History subject for the IEP 1A exam in 2016: France facing the “events” in Algeria (1954-1962).
History topic for the IEP 1A exam in 2015 : Tensions and conflicts in the Middle East between 1948 and 1989(answers)
History subject of the IEP 1A exam in 2014: France’s diplomatic power from 1958 to 2007(answers)
History subject for the IEP 1A exam in 2013: Democracy in Europe from 1945 to 2000(answers)
History topic for the IEP 1A exam in 2012 : The United States of America and Western Europe from 1945 to 1989.
History subject of the IEP 1A exam in 2011: France and the European construction 1957-1992.
History topic for the IEP 1A exam in 2010: The Fourth Republic, a negative assessment?
History topic forthe 2009 IEP 1A exam: France and the end of colonial empires.
History subject for the 2008 IEP 1A competitive examination : The “Trente Glorieuses” in the economic and social history of contemporary France
The annals of the contemporary questions testEach
year, students had to deal with one of the two subjects of their choice.
Subjects for the IEP 1A Contemporary Issues in 2023: Food and/or Fear
Subject n°1 :
IEP 1A Contemporary Issues Topics in 2022: Revolutions and/or Fear
Subject n°1 : Fear, a political weapon ?
Subject n°2 : Should we be afraid of revolutions ?
Subjects for the IEP 1A Contemporary Issues in 2021: Revolutions and/or Secrecy
Subject n°1 : In light of your historical, cultural or artistic references, do you think that revolutions wipe out the past?
Topic 2: In light of your experiences and readings, do you think it is still possible to preserve secrecy today?
Topics for IEP 1A Contemporary Issues in 2020: Revolutions and/or Secrecy
Competition cancelled due to covid19
Subjects for IEP 1A Contemporary Issues in 2019: The digital and/or The secret
Topic 1 : Should everything be dematerialized?
Topic 2 : Can democratic institutions be based on secrecy?
Subjects of Contemporary Issues for IEP 1A in 2018 : Radicalities and/or The City
Topic 1 : Can one be both a radical and a democrat?
Topic 2 : Are cities in crisis ?
Subjects of Contemporary Issues for IEP 1A in 2017 : Security and/or Memory
Topic 1 : Is zero risk possible ?
Topic 2 : How can we understand the notion of national memory today?
Subjects of Contemporary Issues for IEP 1A in 2016 : school and/or democracy
Subject n°1 : Do you think the French education system ensures equal opportunities?
Topic 2 : Does democracy give power to the people?
Subjects of the IEP 1A contemporary issues in 2015 : family and/or globalization
Subject n°1 : Globalization and contestations(answers)
Subject n°2 : Does the family have a future?
Subjects of Contemporary Questions of the IEP 1A in 2014 : work and/or culture(answers)
Subject n°1 : Is work still a factor of social integration ?
Subject n°2 : Does the globalization of culture lead to uniformity ?
Subjects of the IEP 1A contemporary questions in 2013 : science and/or justice(answers)
Subject n°1 : Should we trust justice ?
Subject n°2 : Is science everyone’s business ?
Subjects of the IEP 1A Contemporary Issues in 2012 : sport and/or religion
Subject n°1 : Sport, a matter for the State(s) ?
Subject n°2 : Secularism, a guarantee of religious freedom ?
Topics of the IEP 1A Contemporary Issues in 2011 : money and/or borders
Topic 1 : Money and democracy
Subject n°2 : Do powers need borders ?
Subjects of the IEP 1A Contemporary Issues in 2010 : media and/or old age
Topic 1 : Is an aging society condemned to decline?
Topic 2 : To what extent do the media reflect society?
Subjects of the IEP 1A Contemporary Issues in 2009 : war and/or liberalism
Topic 1 : Can we “civilize” the ways of waging war?
Topic 2 : Is the internationalization of markets and trade a way to avoid war?
Subjects of the IEP 1A contemporary issues in 2008 : identity and/or environment
Topic 1 : Is an environmental policy possible?
Topic 2 : Is affirming identities necessarily affirming differences ?
The annals of the English testSubjects
ofthe IEP 1A in 2022: “Do Chicagoans want to ‘defund the police’? It’s a tale of two cities” Adapted from The Chicago Tribune, June 15th, 2021. By Kristen Mack, John Palfrey and Will Johnson
IEP 1A English Topics in 2021: Test canceled due to covid-19
IEP 1A English Topics in 2020 : Test cancelled due to covid19
IEP 1A English Topics in 2019 :“Oxbridge needs to guarantee places for the best state school pupils“, editorial written by Owen Jones.
IEP 1A English Topics in 2018: “The Heartbeat of Racism Is Denial,” The New York Times (adapted) | Ibram X. Kendi | 13 January 2018
IEP 1A English Topics in 2017 : Blair is right on Brexit:Parliamentmust have a democratic debate The Guardian, Anatole Kaletsky, 24 February 2017
IEP 1A English Topics in 2016: Donald Trump will not be barred from Britain despite Muslims outburstThe Guardian, 9 December 2015
IEP 1A English Topics in 2015 : “A Whistleblower’s Horror Story “By Matt Taibbi,Rolling Stone, February 18, 2015
IEP 1A English Topics in 2014 : Yes, the church is bloody angry about these attacks on thepoor, and rightly so – Giles Fraser, The Guardian, Friday 21 February 2014
IEP 1A English Topics 2013: “An independent Scotland could look like a wee Canada” By Harry McGrath, NEW STATESMAN, Published December 5, 2012
IEP 1A English Topics in 2012: (Mitt Romney and the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election) Romney’s Stump Speech Evolved Over Time, by ASHLEY PARKER, The New York Times, January 3, 2012
2011 IEP 1A English Topics: How We Got Here, by ROSS DOUTHAT, The New York Times, October 31, 2010
IEP 1A English Topics in 2010 : Being Green Pays Off, Short version of an article from THE TIME
IEP 1A English Topics in 2009 : The all-seeing eye of state surveillance, The Guardian, Friday 6 February 2009
2008 IEP 1A English Topics: The Ground Clinton Broke, Adapted from The Washington Post, Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The annals of the Spanish testSubjects
of Spanish for IEP 1A in 2022: “Lenguaje inclusivo, ¿debemos usar todes o todxs?” Manuel C. Díaz, El Nuevo Herald, 25 de mayo de 2021
IEP 1A Spanish subjects in 2021: Test cancelled due to covid-19
IEP 1A Spanish Subjects in 2020 : Test cancelled due to covid19
IEP 1A Spanish Topics in 2019 : ¿Qué pueden hacer los ciudadanos para reducir su huella de carbono? La Vanguardia, 17 de diciembre de 2018
IEP 1A Spanish Topics in 2018 : Bulos en las redes sociales: ¿debemos regular los algoritmos? Luis Garicano, El País, 19/01/2018.
IEP 1A Spanish Topics in 2017: Un juez avala la política de memoria histórica del Ayuntamiento Luca Costantini, El País, 8 de septiembre de 2016
IEP 1A Spanish topics in 2016: El espíritu de la Transición Julián CASANOVA, El País, 10.02.2016
IEP 1A Spanish Topics in 2015: La espía adolescente Luis AlegreHeraldo de Aragón, 17 de marzo 2015
IEP 1A Spanish Topics in 2014: Ceuta y Melilla, escenario de la tragedia de la inmigración – Tomás Bárbulo, El País, Madrid, 24 febrero 2014
IEP 1A Spanish topics in 2013: “La solidaridad baja a los barrios”, Carmen Morán, El País, Madrid 3 NOV 2012
IEP 1A Spanish Topics in 2012 : Incómodo pasado, Julián Casanova, El País, Madrid, 04 de febrero de 2012
IEP 1A Spanish Topics in 2011 : Violencia, hartazgo y abdicaciones, La Jornada (México) – Editorial – 07/04/11
IEP 1A Spanish Topics in 2010 : Identidades con cuernos, Francesc VALLS, El País, 07/03/2010
IEP 1A Spanish Topics in 2009 : ¿Debe España recordar el franquismo?, El Pais 15/02/2009
IEP 1A Spanish subjects in 2008 : El regreso al continente americano : España se la juega en América, José Luis Barbería, El País 13/03/2006
Annales de l’épreuve d’allemandSubjects
ofGerman for IEP 1A in 2022: “Koloniale Raubkunst: Die freundliche Bulldozerin” Von Tobias Timm, 2. Dezember 2021, Die Zeit Nr. 49/2021
German subjects for IEP 1A in 2021 : Test cancelled due to covid-19
Subjects of German for IEP 1A in 2020 : Competition cancelled because of covid19
IEP 1A German Topics in 2019: Politikverdrossenheit: Die “politische Pubertät” setzt später ein
IEP 1A German Topics in 2018 : Mein Europa: Heimat, der Traum von der heilen Welt, DW 01.12.2017 / Stanisław Strasburger
IEP 1A German Topics in 2017 : Duales Studium, Zeit Campus, 22.Januar 2017 (Friederike Lübke)
IEP 1A German Topics in 2016 : Fünf Jahre nach FukushimaMERKELS WEG ZUR STANDHAFTIGKEIT FAZ(Frankfurter Allgemein Zeitung)/ 11.03.2016/ von DANIEL SCHRECKENBERG
German topics for IEP 1A in 2015 : Gauck warnt vor Relativierung deutscher Kriegsschuld Die Zeit, 13. Februar 2015
German Topics for IEP 1A in 2014 : Sotschi 2014: Podest oder Protest, Von Jan Fritsche, Deutsche Welle Online, 11.12.2013 – (Text leicht gekürzt)
German Topics for IEP 1A in 2013: 50 Jahre Élyseé-Vertrag-Zwang zur Freundschaft – von Sylvie Kauffmann, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 22. 1. 2013 – (Text gekürzt und leicht verändert)
German topics of the IEP 1A in 2012 : Kultur kürzen? Meinungen Dagegen! Von Aya Bach/Marlis Schaum, Deutsche Welle (www.dw.de), 22.03.2012
German Topics for IEP 1A in 2011: Familie Facebook, ZEIT ONLINE, 22.10.2010 (Text gekürzt und leicht verändert)
German topics for IEP 1A in 2010 : Gute Deutsche, böses Land, Lars-Olav BEIER, Der Spiegel, April 2009 /13
German topics for IEP 1A in 2009 : Neue Heimat für Muslime, Von Karin Jäger, In DW-WORLD.DE, 25.10.2008
German topics for IEP 1A in 2008 : Und was machen Ihre Eltern? Von Michael Hartmann in Die ZEIT, 06/ 2007
The annals of the Italian testItalian subjects
for IEP 1A in 2022 : “Italia-Francia, “così rafforziamo l’Ue”” Stefano Montefiori, Il Corriere della sera, 27 November 2021
Italian subjects for IEP 1A in 2021: Test cancelled due to covid-19
Italian subjects for IEP 1A in 2020 : Competition cancelled due to covid19
IEP 1A Italian Topics in 2019: La (brutta) pubblicità di D&G e la stagione della suscettibilità – ilfoglio.it
IEP 1A Italian topics in 2018 : aliani dell’anno: Ottocentomila bambini e ragazzi nati e cresciuti nel nostro Paese. Che non hanno lo stesso diritto degli altri – Roberto Saviano, L’Espresso, 22 dicembre 2017
Italian topics for IEP 1A in 2017 : [Intervista alla scrittrice] Michela Murgia: “Elena Ferrante è Anita Raja? Vergognoso violarne la privacy” – Massimiliano Jattoni dall’Ansen, Io donna-Il femminile del Corriere della Sera, 3 ottobre 2016
IEP 1A Italian topics in 2016: Attentati Bruxelles, Facebook attiva il Safety Check. Tutti gli hashtag su Twitter e le dirette su Periscope
IEP 1A Italian topics in 2015 : Se potessi avere 1.500 euro al mese. I giovani senza fiduciasull’Italia. Corriere della sera 1 gennaio 2015 di Redazione Economia
Italian topics for IEP 1A in 2014 : Se vince la paura si rinnega la storia – Roberto Saviano, L’antitaliano, L’Espresso, 27 febbraio 2014
IEP 1A Italian topics in 2013 : “La mafia non esiste (nei programmi) ” di Nando dalla Chiesa, Il Fatto Quotidiano, 20 Ottobre 2012
Italian subjects of IEP 1A in 2012 : La falsa leggenda dei ragazzi bamboccioni (testo adattato), Ilvo DIAMANTI, La Repubblica, 13 febbraio 2012
Italian subjects of IEP 1A in 2011 : Italiani a Bruxelles, dopo pizza e spaghetti adesso l’Italia esporta anche il precariato – di Alessio Pisanò il FATTO quotidiano 9 aprile 2011
Italian subjects for IEP 1A in 2010 : NEL NOME DI GRILLO (testo adattato), Fausto ANDERLINI, L’espresso, 15 aprile 2010
Italian subjects for IEP 1A in 2009 : Codice Gomorra – di Roberto Saviano, L’espresso, 19 febbraio 2008
Italian subjects for IEP 1A in 2008 : Nell’ex covo missino di Colle Oppio. “Fascismo addio, siamo col popolo” di GIUSEPPE D’AVANZO / La Repubblica ( testo adattato) 1 maggio 2008
4 thoughts on “Annals of the IEP Common Competition”
In 2018, the history subject of 1A was The expansion of communism in the world (1945-1979)
Hello, do you know if it is possible that the subject calls only part of the program; for example: the United States from 1945 to 1991 only, where the part since 1991 would not be requested, or if the title of the subject necessarily takes the exact title of the program? Thanks in advance !
The topic can either relate to a very specific part of the program, or to several parts at once. It is often transversal, that is to say that it leads to making links between several parts of the program. It is never a copy of the title of the program as given by the Réseau Sciences Po at the beginning of the year. It is always original.
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