Understanding digital society and its challenges
An engineer’s effectiveness, whether as an expert, researcher, project leader, entrepreneur etc., is based not on their scientific and technical expertise, but also on their ability to analyze society and their skills in a wide range of communication situations (teamwork, meetings, reports, presentations, negotiations, etc.).
That’s why Télécom Paris places special emphasis on the humanities and social sciences, general culture and personal and professional skills in its engineering curriculum.
Economic and social sciences
Because Télécom Paris engineers must understand how digital technology is transforming the economy and society, the school offers courses in economics, law, design, digital marketing, digital sociology, innovation, entrepreneurship, and management.
Social sciences education and research are headed by the Economic and social sciences department with the professors, who are all researchers in their fields.
Personal and professional skills
To prepare our future engineers for the professional world, Télécom Paris helps them develop their interpersonal and communication skills, listening and dialogue skills, and their ability to resolve conflicts, which is hinged on a strong understanding of oneself and others. They also learn how to understand communication situations and find their place within an organizational environment.
Our future engineers’ personal and professional skills training includes:
- developing their communication skills in a professional situation
- providing keys for understanding work situations and encouraging them to reflect on their experience
- helping students determine their career plans
- developing their creative abilities
While they are optional for 1st-year students, two Personal and Professional Skills modules are required for 2nd and 3rd-year engineering students. These courses are divided into 4 subject areas:
- Communication (e.g. oral communication, self-assurance, train-the-trainer etc.)
- Cooperation and leadership (e.g. teamwork, working with other cultures, working in a network with new communication tools, leading a team etc.)
- Creativity (e.g. writing workshop, exploring an artistic practice, theater and improvisation etc.)
- Motivation (e.g. orientation, career plans, job hunting)
General culture studies provide students with a multidisciplinary perspective through courses in philosophy and humanities. Students choose at least one general culture course per year (15 hours). These courses are open to students from all three years.