Doctoral Programmes

A stimulating and rigorous environment

The Doctoral Programme in Sociology (Ph.D) is a high-level research qualification. It benefits from the expertise of an internationally-renowned team of sociologists and world-famous laboratories, which guarantee that students are taught and supervised in optimum conditions.  This set-up offers a stimulating and rigorous environment that ensures the training of excellent sociologists destined for high-level careers.

See below for the list of classes on offer as part of the Doctoral Programme (Ph.D).

Doctoral Seminar 2011-2012 (Doctoral School)

Marco Oberti and Alain Chenu

This seminar is aimed principally at doctoral students in sociology at Sciences Po Paris, but researchers and teacher-researchers are also welcome. It examines the most significant and important advances in sociology research. Sessions last for two hours and are organised around a guest speaker, with a short presentation followed by a discussion. This compulsory seminar entails 90 hours in all, which doctoral students must attend during the first three years of their thesis.

Grands enquêtes sociologiques (“Great sociological investigations”)

Denis Segrestin and Alain Chenu

Course description: this course provides an overview of the principal types of investigation in sociology, emphasising recent developments.

For each type of investigation, this course identifies the corresponding issues, methods of observation and analysis, social uses of the results, means of funding and organising the work of researchers and investigators and the possibilities for re-examining data sets and their corresponding documentation in the archives. This course also examines the respective merits, in terms of explaining social change, of three different modes of inter-temporal comparison: revisiting the field, panels of individuals or households, and pseudo-panels, before looking at the study of collective action.

The sessions, mainly comprising presentations by students, are dedicated to the study of a series of controversies that can arise from investigations. The choice of investigations studied is in keeping with the work carried out in Sciences Po’s sociology research centres.

The Doctoral Programme in Sociology (Ph.D.) provides a stimulating and rigorous framework for the training of excellent sociologists destined for the highest-level careers.

More information

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