Course Description

A course about organizations and their behavior. The study of social structure is central to sociology and the study of formal organizations is fundamental to the study of contemporary society. Much of our educational and working lives are spent within and passing between organizations. This course foregrounds the key issues in the sociology of organizations. The focus of the course is the major theoretical approaches and debates in organizational theory, an interdisciplinary field that is primarily grounded in sociology but that also has roots and practitioners in economics, political science, and management studies

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate in written work knowledge of the dominant theories in organizational sociology, including ideas from the classics but with an emphasis on modern research.
  • Explain the major ideas in organizational theory.
  • Evaluate the strengths and weakness of each theory.
  • Analyze the variety of organizations that affect their lives and shape world events.
  • Assess bureaucratic work organizations and their variants.
  • Describe in written and oral presentations how organizations are internally structured.
  • Explain how the structure of organizations affects the work experience and self-definition of individuals.
  • Identify and describe how organizations relate to their environments.
  • Evaluate the relationship between e-organizations and managing human beings and the role of organizational culture and teamwork.


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