- 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.