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Socioeconomics | EHESS Paris Dauphine PSL

This Master's degree is the fruit of an alliance between EHESS, Paris Dauphine University and Les Mines. It offers a wide range of courses in economics, sociology and history from these 3 institutions. This training in research and through research trains a new generation of academics and experts capable of renewing the analysis of economy.

How does the programme provide content to ensure students achieve an understanding of a reasonably diverse set of perspectives on understanding economies?

The master's program brings together teachers from different institutions and disciplines. The variety of approaches is at the heart of our training. Each core course is taught by pairs or trinomes of teachers from different disciplines (economists, sociologists, historians). These researchers have been trained in different approaches to economics: institutional economics, regulation theories, critical management studies, sociology of economic fields, sociology of markets, history of economic institutions and organizations, etc. No single approach is dominant by itself in our program. Students are free to choose a tutor of their choice for their master's thesis in the discipline and theoretical orientation of their choice. 

How does the programme ensure students understand the interaction between economic and ecological systems?

The issue of the environment and ecology is of primary importance for many teachers in the Master's program. Students are required to take a course in Master 2 on the relationship between the environment and the market, led by researchers from CIRED, a center specializing in these issues. The question of the use of fossil resources, renewable energies but also the North / South relationship is at the heart of this teaching and of several course sessions. Two of the research centers that support the master (IRISSO and CMH) are centers approved by INRAE, the French institute in charge of food and environmental issues. Among the teachers in charge of these environmental issues are Antonin Pottier, Alain Nadai and St├ęphanie Barral. All these teachers regularly supervise master's theses on ecological issues.

How does the programme ensure students understand how to critically explore real-world evidence, both qualitative and quantitative?

All students are trained in machine learning, web-scrapping and Python. Over the two years of the master's program, a mandatory course guides them towards critical online data learning and warns them about the ethical risks related to the collection of personal data. Several courses also lead them to develop a critical look at the production of statistical indicators by certain international institutions. Students are also trained in qualitative methods. In Master 2, they are required to choose an option in observation methods or historical data collection that obliges them not to limit themselves to using data fabricated by other researchers or other institutions. All students are trained in machine learning, web-scrapping and Python. Over the two years of the master's program, a mandatory course guides them towards critical online data learning and warns them about the ethical risks related to the collection of personal data. Several courses also lead them to develop a critical look at the production of statistical indicators by certain international institutions. Students are also trained in qualitative methods. In Master 2, they are required to choose an option in observation methods or historical data collection that obliges them not to limit themselves to using data fabricated by other researchers or other institutions. All students are trained in machine learning, web-scrapping and Python. Over the two years of the master's program, a mandatory course guides them towards critical online data learning and warns them about the ethical risks related to the collection of personal data. Several courses also lead them to develop a critical look at the production of statistical indicators by certain international institutions. Students are also trained in qualitative methods. In Master 2, they are required to choose an option in observation methods or historical data collection that obliges them not to limit themselves to using data fabricated by other researchers or other institutions. All students are trained in machine learning, web-scrapping and Python. Over the two years of the master's program, a mandatory course guides them towards critical online data learning and warns them about the ethical risks related to the collection of personal data. Several courses also lead them to develop a critical look at the production of statistical indicators by certain international institutions. Students are also trained in qualitative methods. In Master 2, they are required to choose an option in observation methods or historical data collection that obliges them not to limit themselves to using data fabricated by other researchers or other institutions. 

What pedagogical approaches does the programme use to ensure that students examine the historical context, assumptions and values in all economic thinking?

Several historians teach directly in the master's program. Most of the courses combine a history of economic facts with a history of economic ideas. This is notably at the heart of the first compulsory course of the Master 1, which is a course in epistemology of economic and social sciences. Students are also trained to work on archives through a course entitled "Historical Sources of Economics". They also have access to high level archive digitization equipment enabling automatic character recognition and automated processing of documentary corpuses. Several teachers also advocate an approach that integrates the question of values or family transmission into economic analysis. In Master 2, students are required to take a course entitled "Gender Economy" which provides important keys to grasp the role of values in economic relationships.

How does the department ensure that the teaching culture and capacity to deliver economic pluralism are continually improving?

Some of our lessons are organized in reverse class. One of our courses called "Current research in socio-economics" is de facto led by the students themselves. They must present and discuss the work of foreign researchers invited by the master. This allows to transmit in a lively way the taste for scientific discussion and the teaching of economics. Our master's degree is generally very research-oriented and most of the courses are more like seminars than lectures.Throughout the training, students are invited to work in small groups and are responsible for some of the teaching sessions. Eight students from our last class have gone on to complete their thesis and most of them are now teaching at European universities.

Other information:

This master's degree is co-accredited by EHESS and PSL. It mainly prepares students for careers in research and this training takes time (several classes per week). It is not easily compatible with a salaried activity and it is strongly recommended not to follow a double curriculum. It is necessary to write a research thesis in master 1 and master 2.Applications are open in February and close in March.

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France

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EHESS Paris Dauphine PSL

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Socioeconomics

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Taught Masters

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English

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