Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module approaches organisation from a sociological, rather than a psychological or economic perspective. As a subject, sociology is concerned primarily with the conduct of society, how things work and what relations are created both at the institutional level and at the level of everyday interaction. Sociologists love to question how society is organised and structured through its institutions. This area of social science asks how we, as organisational participants as well as employees at work, are organised by and disciplined through everyday practices and institutions. In trying to understand how institutions work, this module pays close attention to how people express themselves in terms of their social relations. Rather than study the behaviour of individuals, what is examined is how we affect each other on a grand scale, either through action or accounts. Interest extends to the more familiar forms of organisation, such as family, class, community and group, as well as to more formal networks, such as partnerships, cohorts, professions, business associations and other forms of strategic alliance. The module focuses on how institutions help create, reproduce and regulate order and how power is exercised, distributed and resisted. The module seeks to examine these issues through covering sociological debates about contemporary work situations and closely examining detailed empirical cases.
The aim of this module is to broaden students' understanding of managing organisations in the context of social change.
Intended Learning Outcomes
identify and describe the features of sociological theories associated with understanding the development of contemporary working practices: 1,2describe the conceptual and theoretical links that exist between work and wider social theory on topics such as inequality, power and social change: 1,2apply sociological theories to the study of a specific example or case study: 1,2
12 hours lectures12 hours tutorials82 hours private study which includes additional reading, thinking time, discussing ideas with other students, etc.24 hours assignment preparation20 hours exam preparation
1: Essay weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
1000 word structured writing assignmentThe assignment will offer a choice of topic to be answered and will offer students a structured question to guide their writing practice for the exam.2: Open Book Examination weighted 50%
Open book assessment with a 28 hour windowStudents to attempt two questions from a choice of four which may cover any aspect of the curriculum. This is a take-away exam which will be available on KLE for 28-hours to answer, and submit your answer via Turnitin File. Although students have been given significant time to complete this exam script, we expect most students to spend no more than 3 hours to complete and submit their answers via Turnitin (maximum approx 3000 words). Answers should be as accurate and concise as possible.