M015 Sociology and Organisational Behaviour

Module Name: 
Sociology and Organisational Behaviour
Module Code: 
M015
Year: 
2
Phase: 
1
Block: 
5
Teacher : 
Saskia Harkema
Email address : 
saskia.harkema@wittenborg.eu
Prerequisite: 
High School Diploma or final certificate, equivalent to the Netherlands HAVO Diploma
Introduction: 
This module explains the basic logic of the sociological analysis of work and the way work is organised, whilst also providing an appreciation of the different theoretical traditions which the subject draws upon. It fully considers the direction and implication of trends in technological change, globalisation, labour markets, work organisation, managerial practices and employment relations; the extent to which these trends are intimately related to changing patterns of inequality in modern societies and to the changing experiences of individuals and families; the ways in which workers challenge, resist and make their own contributions to the patterning of work and shaping of work institutions.
Goals: 
  • Describe concepts, theories and findings relating to Organisational Behaviour and industrial sociology.
  • Evaluate and apply such concepts and theories to the behaviour of people in the working environment and in the social/labour market context.
  • Show how such concepts and theories assist workers and organisations in achieving strategic success.
  • Understand the direction and implication of trends in technological change, globalisation, labour markets, work organisation, managerial practices and employment relations
  • Explain the ways in which workers challenge, resist and make their own contributions to the patterning of work and shaping of work institutions.
Content: 

1. Studying work society and organisation

2. The sociological analysis of work and organisation: scientific management, human relations and negotiated orders

3. The sociological analysis of work and organisation: institutionalism, labour process and discourse analysis

4. Work, society and globalisation

5. Work organisations

6. The changing organisation and management of work

7. The occupational principle and the social organisation of work

10. Identity, narrative and emotion in and out of work

Instruction / Study Load : 

24  Lesson hours
8  Preparation Lesson hours
10 Assignments / Homework hours
20 Exam and exam preparation hours
50 Literature ( Depending on the length and difficulty of the book ) hours

The course uses 350 pages from the book(s) and journal articles where:

  • 350 pages easy reading and understanding material – 50 hours

Criteria:

  • Difficult reading and understanding material – 3 pages per hour
  • Average reading and understanding material – 5 pages per hour
  • Easy reading and understanding  material – 7 pages per hour

Total 112 Hours

IBA Final Qualification Mapping: 
Mapped with numbers 11,12 and 17 See the EEG for further reference.
Teaching Language: 
English
Teaching Methods: 
  • Classroom lecturing
  • Case study discussions
  • Feedback and presentation sessions
  • Video and film
  • Discussion sessions
  • Research Papers
Module / Lecture and seminar status: 
Compulsory
Testing and assessment: 
Written examination (1) See the EEG for further reference.
European Credits: 
4
Required literature: 
  • Sociology, Work and Organisation, Tony Watson, Routledge; 2011, ISBN-10: 041568109X, ISBN-13: 978-0415681094