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Course module: 201400012
Sociology of Organisations
Course infoSchedule
Course code201400012
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / Level3 (Bachelor Advanced)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Social Sciences; Undergraduate School Sociale Wetenschappen; Sociologie;
Contact personSecretariaat Sociologie
J.J.H. Lössbroek
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Contactperson for the course
J.J.H. Lössbroek
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Teaching period
3  (08/02/2021 to 23/04/2021)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotC: MON-afternoon, TUE-afternoon,THU-morning
Study mode
Enrolment periodfrom 02/11/2020 up to and including 29/11/2020
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Waiting listNo
  • To acquire knowledge about the development and relevance of sociological theories and research on organisations, their structures and functioning, and changes therein.
  • To be able to discriminate between various theoretical insights (similarities and differences) concerning organisations.
  • To obtain a theoretically informed in depth view and understanding of a specific company, through the composition of a portfolio.  
This course is focused on the problem (P), theory (T) and policy (P) parts of the so called PTRP (PTOB in Dutch) cycle in the Sociology bachelor's curriculum.

In many ways, sociology is about understanding ((un)foreseen consequences of) behaviour in context. Organisations are a major aspect of that context. During most parts of our life, we are embedded in organisations and constantly affected by them: the university we attend, the company we work for, the government agency that gives us permits or provides us with benefits, the hospital that cures us, the factory that makes our phones. Without knowledge about and insight in modern organisations, we cannot understand many social problems. This course uses sociological theories to understand organisations, but also a multidisciplinary approach including economics, management science, geography, political sciences and psychology.

By the end of this course, students will have been exposed to a wide range of core concepts in the sociology of organisations. The first half focuses on core characteristics of organisations, such as the structure, occupations, and culture. The second half analyses the future of work: it discussed the implications of major trends such as globalisation, technological change and increasing diversity. Each week is organised around a specific topic which will be studied in the lectures, workshops, and portfolios.
Entry requirements
Prerequisite knowledge
None, but some basic knowledge of sociological and other social science theory would be preferable.
Private study materials
Van Tubergen, Frank. Introduction to Sociology. New York en Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN: 9780815353850 (paperback).
Required materials
Required readings are announced in the course manual. Links to the full-text files in the University library are provided in this course manual.
Study guide
See course manual.
All slides presented during lectures and tutorials will be made available.
Watson, TJ (2017) Sociology, Work and Organisation (7th edition!) Routledge Publishers
Title:Sociology, Work and Organisation
Author:Watson, TJ
Video material
Several video clips related to the course content are obligatory. These are freely available on Youtube.
Costs of materials:0.00
Instructional formats



General remarks
Tutorials are weekly meetings of two hours.

Class session preparation
Prepare assignments.

Contribution to group work
Active participation to discussions.

Midterm + final exam
Test weight55
Minimum grade5.5

Group portfolio
Test weight30
Minimum grade1

Group presentation
Test weight15
Minimum grade1

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