The Master program “Behavioral and Social Sciences for Public Policy” (sciences comportementales et sociales pour les politiques publiques) aims to equip students with cutting-edge skills in handling the most recent instruments of behavioral, economic and social sciences, in order to enable them to deal with the crucial social, economic, political, cultural or environmental issues for public policies in Morocco and, more broadly, in Africa. The originality of this Master is to train students in the use of a wide spectrum of methods, ranging from economic modeling to ethnography, experimentation (in laboratory as in natural environment), questionnaires, interviews or qualitative observations. In addition to the emphasis on rigorous learning of data collection and analysis methods, the program of this master aims to open the student to a deep reflection on the content, the context and the meaning of his action, through courses in political philosophy or scientific argumentation. The program is based on a set of distinct disciplines and is structured in a way to ensure the adaptability of students to the diversity of situations and their employability in national institutions and international organizations in charge of development.
The program provides students with the following skills:
- Mastering tools from behavioral and social sciences to address social, economic, environmental and development issues applied to policy analysis, planning, monitoring and management
- Comprehensive understanding of policy issues and abilities to go further to identify and suggest relevant alternatives that are adapted to national and African contexts
- Evaluating and analyzing the strategies and policies implemented by different development governmental and non-governmental institutions
- Identifying and proposing sustainable socially, environmentally and economically profitable alternatives
The program is divided into four semesters and consists of eighteen course modules and Master thesis/internship where students prepare a project analysis, research or do an internship in a professional or research structure that hosts them.
Semestre 1 : 6 modules
- Political Philosophy
- Policy Institutions and Process
- Basic methods in behavioral and social sciences
- Nudge and Beyond
- Big Data for Public Policy
- Thinking Africa in the twenty first century
Semestre 2 : 6 modules
- Public Policy Impacts' Assessment Methods
- Unexpected negative outcomes of public policies
- Listening to populations for informing and implementing public policies
- Economic behavior and public policy
- Quantitative analysis of political behavior
- Epidemiology of opinions and beliefs
Semestre 3 : 6 modules
- Improving local employment
- Improving education systems
- Implementing health public policy
- Improving urban integration
- Implementing durable local green economy
- Scientific debate workshop
Semester 4 : Final Graduation Work/Internship (Master Thesis)
This semester is devoted to the final graduation work. The thesis topics or themes are proposed by the teacher-researchers involved in the training.
Description of the FGW or Internship
The final graduation work (FGW) is an opportunity for the student to apply the knowledge and skills he or she has acquired during his or her Master Program. It also gives them the opportunity to reflect on a problem and try to find possible solutions.
The final graduation work can be a contribution to a concrete research project, development project, a research & development work in a research laboratory or an internship / project in a private company, consulting office...
The final year work is at the heart of the professionalization process, based on a twofold approach: simulation and reflection on action.
- The FGW is a professionalizing or research work that aims to bring the student to master four main areas of competence:
- Carry out analytical work in the context of a problem arising from a professional situation,
- Establish and implement a research approach or intervention methodology in the field of his/her specialization,
- Refer to scientific evidences, formalized experiences and learn practices and lessons from them,
- Be able to write and present the results of his/her work in a structured, clear and synthetic way.
Students carry out the FGW under the direction of a Professor-researcher, in a laboratory or program of the HESS Pole of the UM6P Campus or in another host structure in Morocco or abroad, subject to the acceptance of the teaching board of the course concerned (main supervisor, the Dean and the Master Coordinator).
The pedagogy of face-to-face classes is based on the flipped classrooms model. Inverting a class means modifying the ordinary way of teaching: the student prepares for each session by working on different materials provided by the teacher (reading articles, passages from textbooks, book chapters, sections of lectures, demonstration videos, problems to be solved or analysis of empirical documents).
To go further: https://www.fgses-um6p.ma/pedagogie-active-fgses
Employment sectors: international development organizations, public administrations, and government institutions, national, regional and local authorities, professional or non-governmental organizations, private companies (commercial and industrial companies, consulting companies, self-employment, etc.).
Professions and jobs: policy analyst, designer, manager, evaluator of development policies, plans, programs and projects. Public sector executives (education, development, urbanization).