SKEMA includes social sciences in its Grande Ecole program

To help future managers graduating from business schools to better respond to the major challenges of contemporary society, the Business School in Sophia Antipolis adds social sciences to its “ThinkForward” system. From the beginning of the 2022 academic year, sociologist Philippe Riutort will lead a module “Major Challenges of Contemporary Society” in the first year of the Grande Ecole program.

Helping future managers coming out of business schools to better respond to the major challenges of today’s society: this is what SKEMA Business School was looking for from 2018 by deploying its “ThinkForward” strategy with new courses, guaranteed mobility and without extra costs internationally, and a series of lessons in direct contact with the evolution of the world. A strategy of “thinking beyond, ahead” reinforced by the arrival of an expert in sociology, Philippe Riutort, who is responsible for infusing the social sciences into the teaching of the business school. (Photo DR: Philippe Riutort)

A fourth “academic pillar” for the “ThinkForward” system

distinguished professor, Philippe Riutort joins SKEMA, one of the historic campuses in Sophia Antipolis, to teach sociology to students of the Grande Ecole program from the beginning of the 2022 academic year. Since 2004, Philippe Riutort has been a teacher in the preparatory classes hypokhâgne and khâgne at the Lycee Henri IV. Graduated from Sciences Po Paris and agrégé in economics and social sciences, he is the author of several reference works in sociology, including “Précis de sociologie” at the Presses Universitaires de France and “Nouveau manuel de Science Politique” at Editions La Découverte. He was also a member of the jury for the aggregation of economics and social sciences.

It thus strengthens the “Think Forward” system, whose academic pillars are: Emmanuel Combeprofessor of economics, Frederic Munierprofessor of geopolitics and executive director of SKEMA’s new school of geopolitics and Rodolphe Desbordesprofessor of international economics.

A module “Major Challenges of Contemporary Society” dedicated to Sociology

Philippe Riutort will lead from the beginning of the 2022 academic year a module dedicated to sociology, which will be added to the three modules (economics, geopolitics and transitions) that make up the classes of “Major Contemporary Issues” in the first year of the SKEMA Grande Ecole- program . This new module reinforces the teachings of the CPGE-PGE continuum to open students to the challenges of the social sciences and the resources at their disposal to respond to them.

“In the spirit of stepping back and anticipation that drives our Major Challenges modules, and SKEMA as designer of the Economics, Sociology and History test for the ECB competition, we wanted to associate sociology with our course, from the 1st year, which will also strengthen the CPGE-PGE continuum for literary profiles that are increasingly numerous to join us” to indicate Denis Boissindirector of the Grande Ecole program and Patrice HoudayerVice President in charge of Programs, International Affairs and Student Life.

Social sciences to meet the new challenges of contemporary societies

“The prospect of getting the students of a top business school interested in the current and future challenges facing contemporary societies and in the means the social sciences provide to try to respond to them is particularly exciting,” explains on his side Philippe Rittort.I firmly believe that only a multidisciplinary, demanding approach, based on the reasoning and methods of the human sciences, will enable today’s and tomorrow’s managers, faced with a world in constant upheaval, to have the keys to firmly by reading try to master his course.”

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