The common educational objectives, shared by all ten courses, are as follows:
• training in the fundamental concepts and paradigms of sociology
• learning about the range of survey methods, both qualitative and quantitative, from basic to more advanced techniques
• development of a critical and reflective approach through teaching and the writing of research dissertations in M1 and M2, as well as professional or research work placements
• practice of disciplinary, cultural, linguistic and international open-mindedness.
The acquisition of these sociological skills is undertaken during 10 innovative courses aimed at research, employment or non-specific purposes. This complementary nature of what is offered is an essential characteristic of the Sociology course in that it aims to best meet the aspirations of students with diverse backgrounds. For example, three courses are offered as apprenticeships.
Through its general philosophy, its common governance and its courses, the Master's degree in Sociology offers a high-level generalist education which also places strong emphasis on different areas of specialisation, such as work, employment, training, business and industrial relations; public action - from local to supranational levels; production and implementation of law; science and technology; data science.
The sociology discipline aims to train advanced specialists in this field of study. Trained in the theoretical and methodological developments of sociology, graduates will be able to put their knowledge to use in various demanding and stimulating professional contexts, primarily in research and tertiary-level teaching in the field of social sciences, and as experts in public and private organisations.
Since the discipline is based on a common core curriculum, there are opportunities to transfer from one of the discipline's study paths to another, from semester 2 onwards.
Students are also given the option each semester, to follow modules given in another of the discipline's two institutions, instead of modules on their own study path. This substitution is founded on the fact that all students are acquainted with the entire course offering of the Sociology discipline. Prior agreement of the persons in charge of each course (the original course and the hosting course) is required for in order to proceed with a substitution.
Ecole normale supérieure Paris Ulm
Institut Polytechnique de Paris (ENSAE, Telecom ParisTech)
ESSYM CCI Ile-De-France
A background in social sciences (sociology, anthropology, political science, history, economics, management, mathematics and informatics applied to social sciences, geography, language sciences, etc.).
Students from other disciplines who show a proven motivation for this discipline and a specific study plan may be accepted.
Put into practice the fundamental concepts and paradigms of sociology
Use a variety of survey methods, both qualitative and quantitative, from basic to more advanced techniques, alone and in groups
Write and present, in various formats (dissertations, reports, briefs, films, slideshows, posters,...), the approaches and results, in order to disseminate the knowledge and expertise acquired.
Develop a critical and reflective approach when faced with a problem, an object, a context.
Practice disciplinary, cultural, linguistic and international open-mindedness.
Initiate innovative collaborative projects in a variety of contexts (research, publication, events, etc.)