Publié le 28 août 2020 Mis à jour le 14 décembre 2021

Master : Humanités numériques : Political Ideas in a Digital Age

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Master : Humanités numériques : Political Ideas in a Digital Age

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The aim of the MA is: 1/To study the ways in which political ideas have been transformed by scientific progress since the 17th up to the digital age in the 21st century; 2/To understand the nature of politics and democracy and their changes in the digital age; 3/To teach a new generation of students coming from all fields ethics and responsibility in the digital age; 4/To teach thinking skills (critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, originality, strategizing) for the digital age.


Students are encouraged to spend at least a semester in partner universities.


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CY Langues et études internationales
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Niveau(x) de recrutement


Formation(s) requise(s)

  • We are looking for graduates with a 2:1 or above in their first degree. Non-standard applications will be considered on their merits and mature students are encouraged to apply.
  • The MA is taught in English and requires a good level to follow and write in English. If your application is selected, an oral interview will assess your level.

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Modalités de candidature

Modalités de candidature spécifiques

Application requirements:
  • Online application form
  • CV with photograph
  • University transcripts of grades demonstrating academic qualifications
  • 2 recommendation letters from your teachers at the degree level

Conditions d'admission / Modalités de sélection

  • The candidate is selected after an interview with the PIDA team


M1 - Semester 1:
  • 4 seminars of 36 hours each : History of Political Ideas in a Digital Age, Ethics and Politics / Ethics of communication, Introduction to information theory, Technical sciences and society: theories and issues

M1 - Semester 2:
  • 4 seminars of 36 hours each: New ways of exercising power, networks and communication systems, Scientific development and political ideas: “Governing with numbers: from political arithmetic to algorithms”, The ethical and economic issues of artificial intelligence, Digital law

M2 - Semester 3:
  • 4 seminars of 36 hours each: Citizenship and new media: Blockchain and digital platforms, Mastering and governing digital technologies: Big Data, AI and algorithms, Data protection and new digital tools, Project based learning: digital uses + 1 MOOC, A 2-day strategic and professional seminar

M2 - Semester 4:

4 solutions to validate the M2s4 :

  • One semester at one of the foreign partners (15 ECTS) + 1 short research paper (15 ECTS)
  • A 3-month internship with a short internship report (15 ECTS) + 1 short research paper (15 ECTS)
  • 1 long internship of 6 months or 1 professionalization period of 6 months with 1 long internship report (30 ECTS)
  • 1 semester of writing a "Master's thesis" (30 ECTS) reserved for those pursuing a thesis

Contenu de la formation

Students are part of a group of no more than 25 and follow theoretical seminars at CY as well as practical seminars at the FMSH in Paris. The teaching team is a mix of academics (from several fields) and seasoned practitioners who use both analytical and institutional approaches. The students will be integrated to the work of the AGORA research centre.

For the students choosing to validate their S4 with an internship, they can choose either a short internship (3 months) or a long one (6 months) to be done between the period of January/September of their last year. The students will be guided and helped with their CVs and cover letters but will be expected to find their own internships. Internships can also be done abroad.

  • The MA PIDA has got partnerships with the following institutions: the Political Institute of the Catholic University in Lisbon (Portugal), The Jagellonian University in Krakow (Poland) and the Francisco Marroquín University (Guatemala, with an annex in Madrid).

Temps plein

  • 12h of seminars at CY per week + between 3 to 6h at the FMSH in Paris (depending on the weeks). The students are also expected to work a lot on their own on the work and projects given to them.

Compatibilité avec une activité professionnelle

  • This MA is not compatible with full-time employment.

Et après ?

Niveau de sortie

Année post-bac de sortie

Bac +3

Niveau de sortie

BAC +5

Compétences visées

Activités visées / compétences attestées

As a graduate, the students should be able to:
1/ Synthesise and comment critically on a body of academic writing relating to contemporary political ideas since the 17th century and in a data-intensive environment:
2/Appreciate, analyse, interpret and evaluate political issues, ideas and institutions across a broad variety of sub-fields, in law, history of ideas, political economy and data science;
3/ Construct and defend a rigorous argument, both in written form and orally, using primary and secondary materials;
4/Follow and understand why the use of data science by political actors is transforming the nature of politics and government;
5/ Acquire soft skills in the field of digital humanities

Poursuites d'études

  • PhD level study in political and social sciences. MA students are involved in the AGORA research centre, at CY Cergy Paris University, which is an active research hub distinguished by its diversity, collegiality and interdisciplinary between different approaches. Along with seminars at the UNESCO chair on Digital Innovation in Transmission and Publishing, a diverse group of specialists all linked to a field of research in political ideas, will guide you towards research at a PhD level.

Débouchés professionnels

Secteurs d'activité ou type d'emploi

  • Political communication, political NGO activism, political cyber consultant, specialists of political digital watch, political data scientists, political lobbying, political reputation marketing and international organisations jobs + research in digital humanities