MASTER Societies, Cities and Territories SPECIALTY Sociology - Anthropology

The Master’s in Societies, Cities and Territories has a bifurcate structure enabling increasing specialisation over the course of the programme. The two disciplinary specialities are sociology/anthropology and geography.

It comprises:
- A first year (M1) with a common core accounting for over 60% of the total number of hours, and two disciplinary specialisations: the geography and sociology/anthropology study paths
- Two disciplinary specialities in the second year (M2), both of which are professional and research specialisations providing students with the opportunity to select specialised theme-based study paths:
- Territories and social dynamics
- Analysis and assessment of public action
- Arab worlds, areas, societies and cities (“geography” speciality)
  • Objectives
The Sociology/Anthropology speciality provides training in research, opening up a range of career prospects by supplying the knowledge required for understanding the social and spatial aspects of the construction of territories. It also focuses on the study of social practices of mobility, anchoring and the calling into question of “traditional” anchorings, and networking practices.

Upon completing the course, graduates with the scientific grounding it provides will be able to:
- Take up careers in the fields of territorial and social expertise, implementation of urban, heritage or environmental public action or of “sustainable development” policies, assessment of public policies, or setup of public consultation procedures;
- Continue their education by registering for a doctoral thesis, leading to careers in education, training or research. In addition, a doctoral thesis in one of the Master’s fields of specialisation may be a means of high-level professionalisation for careers in analysis of territorial and urban dynamics and of environmental, heritage and urban public action.
  • Competences required
Proficiency in the French language, intellectual curiosity, critical sense, aptitude for working autonomously and for memorisation, taste for reading, rigour and motivation.
  • Targeted intake – conditions for admission
Sociology/Anthropology speciality.

1st year of sociology/anthropology: students with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology or Anthropology.
Upon examination of applications and following acceptance by the Educational Committee:
Students with other Bachelor’s degrees in Social Sciences, including modules (Unités d’Enseignement/Teaching Units) on sociology or anthropology. Depending on their previous study paths, they will be asked to select a part of their optional studies from among the EPs (Eléments Pédagogiques/Educational Components) available on sociology/anthropology.

2nd year:
Upon examination of applications and following acceptance by the Educational Committee:
- Students with a 1st-year Master’s in Geography, Sociology or Anthropology, or in other disciplinary fields in the cultural area of the Arab world.
- Students from other universities with a 1st-year Master’s.
- Students with other four years’ higher education qualifications.
  • General organisation of the course
Students in the Sociology/Anthropology speciality choose one of the two following study paths:

Study path 1, “Territories and Social Dynamics”, aims to train students with 1st-year Masters in Socio-anthropology or Geography in research on topics connected with social construction and territorial policy, as well as with social construction of relations with inhabited areas. It also trains students for careers in management and development of contemporary social, spatial and territorial dynamics.

Study path 2, “Analysis and Assessment of Public Action”, aims to train students carrying out research work on public action or social practices associated with implementation of (social, urban, environmental, cultural, etc.) public policy. It also trains students for careers in assessment of public policies, through placements with bodies involved in such assessment.
  • Placements
1st- and 2nd-year Study and Research Work, which mainly comprises production of a research paper, is based upon a compulsory period of placement. This may be carried out in an organisation (company, association, local authority, etc.) or at the CITERES research laboratory (CoST and EMAM Teams).

Placement choice is a key factor in the programme whatever the study path selected, in so far as it gives the Master’s its professional orientation, with either practical application in an organisation or research in a laboratory.
  • Continuation of education
Holders of the Master’s may register for a Doctorate
  • Professional prospects
Heads of Projects in implementation and management of public policy as well as in assessment of public policy, Local Development Officers, Project Leaders (urban and local development, etc.), City-Contract project Managers, and Heritage and Culture Officers.