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Bachelor's degree in Sociology

Sciences Humaines et Sociales

Academic year : 2017 / 2018

last update 30/11/2012

    Course objectives and characteristics

    Sociology seeks to understand the world in which we live, the evolution and transformation of our societies, and the behaviour of social groups.  The degree has four principal objectives :

    • Training in methods of enquiry and social investigation: students learn rigorous scientific procedures, master practical analytical tools, and acquire an advanced theoretical understanding of complex issues.
    • Making connections with other social sciences, contextualising this discipline within the diversity of social sciences.
    • Professional preparation: preparing students for Master’s degrees and competitive exams.
    • Developing academic mobility.



    Course structure

    The degree lasts three years, or six academic semesters. 

    Each year consists of two teaching semesters each followed by examinations.  Lessons, Lectures (also known as CM), and Practical Seminars and Tutorials (TD or TP) are grouped into Teaching Units (TU).  Some subjects are compulsory, others are chosen by students from a range of options. These optional papers offer students the chance to study topics of interest from the course in greater detail and/or to discover topics from other disciplines and to explore inter-disciplinary approaches.
    These units can be supplemented by a course in observation, and introduction to tools and methods of enquiry.
    The first year of the degree (L1) trains students in the fundamentals of sociology, the second year (L2) develops these and prepares students for specialisation, and during the third year (L3) students begin to specialise.


    Voir les parcours L3

    Accompagnement pédagogique

    Students receive academic support in various forms throughout their studies :

    • An introductory course before the start of their degree,
    • Access to online services (academic portal, course resources, personal online progress monitoring),
    • A designated supervising tutor,
    • Regular testing in order to know if any academic support within the discipline is necessary,
    • Assistance in identifying potential sectors of employment through the  Personal Professional Plan (PPP),
    • Assistance in reorientation provided by the teaching staff, the Department of Information and Orientation of High School Students and Undergraduates (PIOLE),
    • The chance to obtain professional skills in the short-term (Professional degree)
    • Certificates in languages and information technology as part of your degree (CLES, C21).




    In addition to the academic components the course may incorporate a course in observation and methods of enquiry.


    Further study

    This course can lead to direct employment after the bachelor’s degree (bac + 3) or further studies up to Master’s level (bac + 5) and beyond.


    Terms of admission

    To be admitted to L1, candidates must have at least one of the following :

    • A Baccalaureate diploma
    • An Access to Higher Education certificate (Diplôme d’Accès aux Etudes Universitaires, DAEU)
    • A diploma from France or recognised overseas, recognised as equivalent to the Baccalaureate in accordance with national regulations
    • One of the validation certificates established by articles L.613-3, L.613-4 et L.613-5 of the Educational Code, recognising the applicant’s past studies, professional experience or personal strengths with a view to embarking on a course of higher education. 

    For admission to the second year (L2) students must have:

    • 60 academic credits (ECTS) from the first year of this course,
    • or, 60 academic credits (ECTS) from the first year of another course and the formal agreement of the course director.



      Objet du réglement du contrôle des connaissances

      Bachelor degree = 180 validated ECTS* credits
      Teaching Units are assessed by written and oral examinations.
      The programme of assessments which leads to the awarding of a Bachelor’s degree includes examinations for each semester of the course, comprising :

      • A system of continuous assessment (which may be based on marks awarded for coursework) for the subjects taught in tutorials and/or seminars;
      • A final examination;
      • Or a combination of both methods

      Nonetheless, the continuous assessment method is prioritised as much as possible
      Two distinct examination sessions are organised over the course of the academic year.
      The first examination sessions take place after each semester, with the second (re-sits) held in September.


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