MAN-10030 - Managing in a changing society
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

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: 1,2,

describe the conceptual and theoretical links that exist between work and wider social theory on topics such as inequality, power and social change: 1,

apply sociological theories to the study of a specific example or case study: 2,

Study hours

11 hours lectures
11 hours tutorials
80 hours private study which includes additional reading, thinking time, discussing ideas with other students, etc.
24 hours assignment preparation
22 hours exam preparation
2 hour exam

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 50%
2000 word structured writing assignment
The 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: Unseen Exam weighted 50%
2 hour unseen examination
Students to attempt two questions from a choice of four which may cover any aspect of the curriculum.