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2017/2018  BA-BSOCO1009U  Introduction to Organisational Sociology

English Title
Introduction to Organisational Sociology

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Third Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Business Administration and Sociology
Course coordinator
  • Sine Nørholm Just - Department of Business and Politics (DBP)
Main academic disciplines
  • Organization
Last updated on 30-06-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: On successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
  • Account for, at a basic level, how organizations are defined and analyzed from a sociological perspective based on relevant theories of organizational sociology,
  • Account for the organizational structure, purpose, and functions of organizations when analyzed through different perspectives in organizational sociology, introduced in the course curriculum
  • Account for and discuss the implications of different models of organization for actual organizational practices, and
  • Apply the theories covered in the curriculum to empirical cases and use them to formulate and justify relevant research questions. in the first year project
Course prerequisites
The courses Introduction to Organisational Sociology, Philosophy of Science, and Introduction to research design and quantitative Methods I have one intergrated exam. You can only participate in Introduction to Organisational Sociology if you also register for the other courses.
Examination
The exam in the subject consists of five parts:
Integrated examination 2nd semester:
Sub exam weight60%
Examination formOral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group examIndividual exam
Size of written productMax. 20 pages
Assignment typeProject
Duration
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation timeNo preparation
Grading scale7-step scale
Examiner(s)Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam periodSummer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

Learning objectives for the exam
The student should demonstrate ability to:

  • formulate, delimit and analyse an academic problem related to the courses in the exam
  • select, apply and discuss the theories and methods relevant to the project, in particular the concepts and theories relevant to organisational sociology,
  • select and apply fundamental quantitative methods, and discuss them in relation to theoretical positions presented in the syllabi of the courses ’Philosophy of Science’ and ’Introduction to Organisational Sociology’,
  • discuss how the knowledge acquired in the second semester courses ‘Philosophy of Science’, ‘Introduction to Research Methods’, organisational sociology” and ‘Quantitative Methods I’ is reflected throughout the project, and
  • structure the layout and present the material in a clearly formulated and accessible way in terms of both language and content.
     

The aims of the 1st year project are

  • To facilitate and reinforce the learning of the subjects taught during the second semester by encouraging students to work independently and in a focused way with selected theories.
  • To develop analytical skills needed to undertake problem-oriented project work. The problem-solving process during project work is shaped by the systematic, professional and scientific demands of academic knowledge production.
Introduction to Organisational Sociology:
Sub exam weight10%
Examination formHome assignment - written product
Individual or group examIndividual exam
Size of written productMax. 5 pages
Assignment typeEssay
Duration48 hours to prepare
Grading scale7-step scale
Examiner(s)One internal examiner
Exam periodSummer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Philosophy of Science:
Sub exam weight10%
Examination formHome assignment - written product
Individual or group examIndividual exam
Size of written productMax. 5 pages
Assignment typeEssay
DurationWritten product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale7-step scale
Examiner(s)One internal examiner
Exam periodSummer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Introduction to Research Design and Quantitative Methods 1:
Sub exam weight10%
Examination formHome assignment - written product
Individual or group examIndividual exam
Size of written productMax. 5 pages
Assignment typeEssay
Duration48 hours to prepare
Grading scale7-step scale
Examiner(s)One internal examiner
Exam periodSummer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Introduction to Research Design and Quantitative Methods 2:
Sub exam weight10%
Examination formHome assignment - written product
Individual or group examIndividual exam
Size of written productMax. 5 pages
Assignment typeEssay
Duration48 hours to prepare
Grading scale7-step scale
Examiner(s)One internal examiner
Exam periodSummer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

The study of organizations is an interdisciplinary field drawing upon disciplines such as sociology, economics, psychology, management studies and political science. This reflects the role organizations play in modern societies. Organizations such as trade unions, companies, universities or public administrations permeate all aspects of public and private life. The primary focus of this course will be on the sociological dimension of organizational analysis. We will examine and discuss the development, relevance and impact of organizations. In order to do so we draw upon classical and contemporary organizational sociology. The main objectives of this course are therefore to first establish a basic sociological knowledge about organizational structure, purpose and functioning. We secondly will examine specific organizational problematiques such as power, conflict or organizational change, and we will investigate the ways in which organizations handle their everyday operations by looking into management, decision-making and leadership. Based on this knowledge and drawing upon concrete case studies of different types of organizations, you will thirdly acquire the skills to identify and analyze how various types of activities are organized in the private and public sector.

Teaching methods
We have 10 2/3-hour sessions which will be combinations of lectures and group discussion/case work.
Feedback during the teaching period
Students will be given in-class feedback on their group discussions/case work.
Further, the teacher(s) of the course will be available to discuss any queries and issues arising in relation to the course as well as first year project ideas.
Student workload
Lectures 26 hours
Preparation per lecture 2 hours
Exam 48 hours
Preparation for exam 40 hours
Independent course work 40 hours
Further Information

The course is an introduction to organizations and will provide sociological tools for how to analyse them. As such, it relates to the other courses in the program in such a way that it provides the substance on which the first-year project is supposed to be based. Students will not only engage with theories of organizations but also analyze selected case studies of different organizations that might assist and inspire them to generate research questions for their own project.

Expected literature

The primary literature of the course consists of original research - introducing a (classical) theory or concept. Many of these texts can be found in the reader: 
Handel, Michael J. (2002) The Sociology of Organizations. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
However, a compendium will also be provided.

Last updated on 30-06-2017