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The Master in Social Analysis of Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi is the only degree of its kind in the UAE responding to the changing needs of policy makers in government entities, State-owned enterprises and all those active in the consultancy or market research sectors.
In a continuously expanding economy and fast-moving society, policy makers need to have accurate data and analysis in order to strike the right decisions to ensure a sustainable and socially responsible development: adjusting the educational system to the population surge and diversity, planning the city, sharing the resources, evaluating the impact of diversification policies or workforce nationalisation, etc. These specific features call for professionals in social analysis whose function will be to design and implement the adequate government responses to all the current issues affecting the nation. Graduates will acquire skills in the various methodologies of social science and, more precisely, in the production, analysis and reporting of social, economic and demographic data. An important part of the courses will be dedicated to the acquisition of technical skills in fields such as qualitative survey, statistical analysis, IT for social research, scientific and public presentation of reports and research results, etc.
The programme will qualify its graduates to

  • Understand how institutions can foster successful development
  • Be competent in professional data collection
  • Establish reliable statistics with the help of specialised professional software tools
  • Evaluate social and economics statistics as well as public policies
  • Sourcing and evaluating critically information from different kinds of experts
  • Anticipate social and economic problems affecting the nation through strategic planning
  • Think globally in a fast-moving environment
  • Relate contemporary social issues to the traditional forms of government in the Middle East

One or Two Year Programme
Depending on your previous level of qualification and professional experience, you can opt for the complete two-year programme or for the one-year professional training. Each year will consist of two semesters, the courses totalling 30 credits per year according to the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).

For more information, please send a message to the department (Alexander.Schnell@psuad.ac.ae)

TWO-YEAR PROGRAMME

The two-year programme is open to candidates holding a Bachelor (BA or BSc) and wishing to acquire a global and sound comprehension of the working of contemporary societies and develop from scratch skills in data mining and analysis, survey techniques, statistics, etc. The first year programme includes general background courses on social science and Gulf societies and gives crash-courses and introduction to technical skills such as statistics, survey techniques, data analysis, etc. After this foundational year, students will then continue with the second year described above.

MASTER 1 – SEMESTER 1
Unit 1 : Foundations in Social Theory Social Theory I 3 credits
Gulf Societies I 3 credits
Economy and Society 3 credits
Unit 2 Methodology Quantitative Methods I 3 credits
Qualitative Methods I 3 credits
Data Analysis I 3 credits
IT for Social Science 3 credits
Unit 3 Research Skills Research Writing and Support 7 credits
Unit 4 Languages 2 credits
TOTAL 30 credits

 

MASTER 2 – SEMESTER 2
Unit 1 : Foundations in Social Theory Social Theory II 3 credits
Gulf Societies II 3 credits
Public Policy and Planning 3 credits
Unit 2 Methodology Qualitative Methods II 3 credits
Data Analysis II 3 credits
IT for Social Science I 3 credits
Data Mining 3 credits
Unit 3 Research Skills Research Writing and Support 7 credits
Unit 4 Languages 2 credits
TOTAL 30 credits

 

MASTER 2 – SEMESTER 1
Unit 1 : Professional Training Insights from the Industry: meet experts in the field of data analysis & social research 3 credits
The Workplace and the Labour Market I 3 credits
Project Management and Economic Intelligence 3 credits
Unit 2 Methodology Social Research Skills 6 credits
Research Writing Skills 6 credits
Unit 3 Survey Techniques and Data Analysis Surveys and Sampling Techniques 3 credits
Data Analysis 3 credits
IT for Social Science 3 credits
TOTAL 30 credits

 

MASTER 2 – SEMESTER 2
Unit 1 : Professional Training Insights from the Industry: meet experts in the field of data analysis & social research 3 credits
The Workplace and the Labour Market II 3 credits
Unit 2 Methodology Social Research Skills 5 credits
Research Writing Skills 5 credits
Unit 3 Survey Techniques and Data Analysis Advanced Data Mining 3 credits
Advanced Data Analysis 3 credits
Textual Analysis 3 credits
Unit 4 Internship Internship programme or Social Research project (3 to 6 months) 10 credits
TOTAL 30 credits

 

Admission Criteria

Candidates to the Two-Year Programme will need to justify their holding of a previous degree equivalent to Bachelor (BA or BSc).

Your application file will include the following documents :

  • A degree certificate or a certified copy of your Baccalaureate or any equivalent diploma
  • A certificate or a copy of your undergraduate diploma (BA or BCs equivalent)
  • If employed, a letter from your employer stating duration of employment and job profile
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter
  • Personal statement (not exceeding one page).
  • Proficiency in English test (both oral and written), such as TOEFL or IELTS valid for at least two years. Graduate applicants who have previously completed requirements for a BA degree at an accredited university in English language.

It is highly recommended that you submit your application at least three month in advance before the commencement of the course. A first commission will examine the file, and suitable applicants will be invited to interviews typically held in June and September.

Evaluation Criteria

Most courses of the Two-Year Programme will be evaluated through continuous assessment at the end of each teaching session, with the exception of the “Foundations of Social Theory” courses which will assessed by a final examination at the end of the semester. In addition, during the second semester, students will have to complete a research project (Year 1) and internship report (Year 2), under the supervision of one of the faculty involved in the programme.

For all classes, attendance is mandatory and it is important that all students are always punctual and observe university regulations at all times.

ONE YEAR PROGRAMME

The one-year programme is open to candidates already holding a MA degree or with sufficient professional experience that can be validated as a prerequiste. The one year programme focuses on the presentation of the various professional sectors in which social analysis is today practiced and to the project management of research in those fields. Technical courses will introduce the students to the most commonly used software in this practice.

MASTER 2 – SEMESTER 1
Unit 1 : Professional Training Insights from the Industry: meet experts in the field of data analysis & social research 3 credits
The Workplace and the Labour Market I 3 credits
Project Management and Economic Intelligence 3 credits
Unit 2 Methodology Social Research Skills 6 credits
Research Writing Skills 6 credits
Unit 3 Survey Techniques and Data Analysis Surveys and Sampling Techniques 3 credits
Data Analysis 3 credits
IT for Social Science 3 credits
TOTAL 30 credits

 

MASTER 2 – SEMESTER 2
Unit 1 : Professional Training Insights from the Industry: meet experts in the field of data analysis & social research 3 credits
The Workplace and the Labour Market II 3 credits
Unit 2 Methodology Social Research Skills 5 credits
Research Writing Skills 5 credits
Unit 3 Survey Techniques and Data Analysis Advanced Data Mining 3 credits
Advanced Data Analysis 3 credits
Textual Analysis 3 credits
Unit 4 Internship Internship programme or Social Research project (3 to 6 months) 10 credits
TOTAL 30 credits

 

Admission Criteria

Candidates to the One-Year Programme will need to justify their holding of a previous degree equivalent to the first year of a Master Programme or a sound record of professional experience.

Your application file will include the following documents :

  • A degree certificate or a certified copy of your Baccalaureate or any equivalent diploma
  • A certificate or a copy of your undergraduate diploma (BA or BCs equivalent)
  • A certificate or a copy of your graduate diploma (MA or MSc equivalent)
  • If employed, a letter from your employer stating duration of employment and job profile
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter
  • Personal statement (not exceeding one page).
  • Proficiency in English test (both oral and written), such as TOEFL or IELTS valid for at least two years. Graduate applicants who have previously completed requirements for a BA degree at an accredited university in English language.

It is highly recommended that you submit your application at least three month in advance before the commencement of the course. A first commission will examine the file, and suitable applicants will be invited to interviews typically held in June and September.

Evaluation Criteria

All courses of the One-Year Programme will be evaluated through continuous assessment at the end of each teaching session. In addition, during the second semester, students will have to complete an internship report or a research project, under the supervision of one of the faculty involved in the programme.

For all classes, attendance is mandatory and it is important that all students are always punctual and observe university regulations at all times.

INTERNSHIP AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

In order to offer an inspiring blend of theory and practice, our programme includes regular meetings with professionals active in the social analysis sector and has integrated mandatory internships and research projects. Internships with our partner institutions will introduce you to real-life situations, and will give you prime access to sets of data not available to the general public. The faculty of the programme will be present to mentor you and guide you in the various processes of collection, analysis and presentation. You will discover that this collaborative learning process will make it easy for you to form enduring professional relationships that will open doors and forge new career paths.

Whether you are looking for a career change or seek advancement by acquiring cutting-edge skills, the Master in Social Analysis will make you an eagerly sought after expert or researcher. Upon graduation, your career options include a vast variety of opportunities working as analyst or consultant in the following sectors:

  • In Government sector : public administration, local and regional planning (education, public health, population, etc.), demographics, crime prevention and law enforcement, urban planning, waste management, etc.
  • In Research : national statistics authorities, polling agencies, academic research, government-funded research in critical subjects (education, healthcare, demographics, crime, environment, resource consumption, etc.), etc.
  • In Business : consulting, market research, consumer relations, etc.

STUDENT PROFILES

We seek committed and talented students with a clear indication of their career objectives. Our students have are expected to have a high academic calibre. They range from fresh graduates to professionals with significant work experience drawn from all types and sizes of business or organisations. Our Master is in particular designed for student with the following background who wish to expand their knowledge and skills:

  • Employees and civil servants from the UAE public sector, especially those involve in statistics, research and planning departments
  • Professionals from the private sector dealing mainly with State-owned enterprises (SOEs)
  • Professionals of the consultancy sector
  • Professionals of the NGO sector
  • Researchers and analysts in think-tanks
  • Surveyors and employees in polling agencies
  • Recent graduates from the humanities and social sciences

CORE FACULTY

Paris-Sorbonne University was one of the very first universities to develop a complete curriculum in sociology in 1902, with the arrival of Emile Durkheim (1858-1917), one of the founding fathers of the discipline (The Rules of Sociological Method, 1895). The Department has always had a powerful historical link with the Arab world, since Egypt’s future minister of education, the writer and scholar Taha Hussein (1889-1973), earned his PhD on Ibn Khaldūn as father of sociology (1918). Today, the Department is one of the fastest-growing and best rated departments of sociology in France, with a strong emphasis on theoretical sociology, economic sociology and rational choice theory.

The teaching staff of the MA programme will involve standing faculty from Paris-Sorbonne University in France as well as colleagues and professionals from the GCC region, and in particular from the UAE. The faculty are all affiliated with leading research centres in France, in particular with the GEMASS (Research Group on the Methods of Sociological Analysis, a mixed research unit from the Sorbonne and the CNRS), ensuring that all the courses taught in Abu Dhabi are aligned with cutting-edge contemporary research.

Renaud Debailly (PhD Paris-Sorbonne, 2010), visiting associate professor in sociology. He specialises in sociology of science and technology (expertise, socio-technical debates, collective action, representations and perceptions of social and environmental impacts). His PhD was dedicated to the radical critique of science in French sociological discourse since 1968. He published several articles on the evaluation of academic policies, nanotechnology, the public perception of healthcare politics, etc.

Pierre-Marie Chauvin (PhD Bordeaux, 2009), visiting associate professor in sociology. He was  also an invited research at Columbia University (New York, 2010). He specializes in economic sociology, visual and media sociology and labor analysis. He is the author of Le marché des réputations. Une sociologie des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (Féret, 2010) and of several specialized articles on the social perception of the wine market.

Beate Collet (PhD EHESS Paris, 1996), visiting associate professor in sociology. She specializes in sociology of inter-ethnic relations, families and marital life. She did extensive research on mixed marriages and immigrant communities in France, and published or edited several books on the subject (Mobile Living Across Europe II. Causes and Consequences of Job-Related Spatial Mobility in Cross-National Perspective, Barbara Budrich Publishers, 2010, with N. Schneider; Couples d’ici, parents d’ailleurs. Parcours de descendants d’immigrés, PUF, 2012, with E. Santelli).

Pierre Demeulenaere (PhD Paris-Sorbonne, 1994) is visiting professor of sociol           ogy and Head of the Department of Sociology at Paris-Sorbonne. After having started his career as professor  in Nancy, he succeeded his former master Raymond Boudon (1934-2010) at the Sorbonne, and has been invited professor at the university of Geneva. His research is mainly dedicated to theoretical sociology, in particular in the fields of rational choice theory, theory of norms and beliefs. He is the author of Homo oeconomicus. Enquête sur la constitution d’un paradigme (PUF, 1996) and Les normes sociales. Entre accords et désaccords (PUF, 2003). More recently, he edited the important English-language collective work Analytical Sociology and Social Mechanisms (Cambridge UP, 2011).

Didier Lapeyronnie (PhD Bordeaux 1983) is visiting Professor of Sociology. He taught for  many years at the University of Bordeaux – Europe’s oldest Department of Sociology – before joining the Sorbonne. His first research was dedicated to trade-unions and to the sociology of students, immigrants and the French suburbs. He is the author or co-author of numerous books in particular Campus blues. Les étudiants français face à leurs études (Seuil, 1992, with J.-L. Marie) ; L’individu et les minorités. La France et la Grande-Bretagne face à leurs immigrés (PUF, 1993) ; and more recently, Ghetto urbain. Ségrégation, violence, pauvreté en France aujourd’hui (R. Laffont, 2008) ; Refaire la cité. Diversité et politique des quartiers populaires (Seuil, 2013, with M. Kokoreff).

Jean-Christophe Marcel (PhD Paris-I Panthéon-Sorbonne 1997), visiting associate professor in sociology. He specializes in the history of French sociology, and has published numerous studies on Maurice Halbwachs, Emile Durkheim, François Simiand and George Gurvitch. He his the author of Le durkheimisme dans l’entre-deux-guerres (PUF, 2001) and François Simiand. Critique sociologique de l’économie politique (PUF, 2006, with Ph. Steiner).

Sébastien Mosbah-Natanson (PhD Paris-Dauphine 2007), resident assistant professor in sociology at Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. He specializes in the history of classical sociology (the French Durkheimian school) and sociology of science. Before relocating to Abu Dhabi, he was a postdoctoral research at the University of Québec in Montreal (UQAM). He co-directed, with S. Crépon, Les sciences sociales au prisme de l’extrême-droite (L’Harmattan, 2008), and has published extensively on the internationalization of social sciences (“The Globalization of Social Sciences? Evidence from a quantitative analysis of 30 years of production, collaboration and citations in the social sciences (1980-2009)”, Current Sociology (1/2013, with Y. Gingras). He currently prepares a book on French Sociology in 1900.

Jacob Schmutz (PhD EPHE Paris, 2003), associate professor of philosophy and Head of the Department of Philosophy and Sociology at Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi from 2010 to 2014. He holds degrees in political science, philosophy and a PhD in religious studies. He has developed new courses for the Abu Dhabi campus, where teaches Gulf studies, postcolonial theory and contemporary Arab thought.

Philippe Steiner (PhD Paris-Nanterre, 1984), visiting Professor of Economic Sociology. After  having taught at the universities of Paris-IX Dauphine and Lille, he became professor of economic sociology at the Sorbonne in 2007. His first research was dedicated to the ancestors of French sociology, such as the Physiocrats and Jean-Baptiste Say (whose works he republished), and to the founding figure of Emile Durkheim (La sociologie de Durkheim, La Découverte, 1994; Durkheim and the Birth of Economic Sociology, transl. K. Tribe, Princeton UP, 2010). His more recent studies consecrated him as one of the foremost thinkers of contemporary economic sociology (Sociologie de la connaissance économique. Essai sur les rationalisations de la connaissance économique, 1750-1850, PUF, 1998; La sociologie économique, La Découverte, 1999). He has been investigating in particular the social perception of wealth and of organ transplantation (La transplantation d’organes. Un commerce entre les êtres humains, Gallimard, 2010 ; Les rémunérations obscènes. Le scandale des hauts revenus en France, Zones, 2011).

Elise Verley (PhD Lille, 2003), visiting associate professor of sociology. She is a specialist of education, and dedicated her research to the relationship between university education and job market in France. She edited the volume Les mondes étudiants. Enquête conditions de vie (La Documentation française, 2012, with O. Galland & R. Vourc’h). She has been a research associate at the OVE, the French observatory of student life, and is a specialist of qualitative surveys.