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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Sociology Short Name: SOC328
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: ALEXANDER VD Dr (Sociology)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
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Assessment Pattern

Class participation and two essays (25% each) and one examination (50%).



Module Overview

The aim of this module is to introduce a sociological understanding of organizations, focusing mainly, but certainly not entirely, on cultural organisations. It focuses on the theoretical understanding of organizations and the application of organizational theory to real organizations.




Module Aims
Learning Outcomes

Having completed this module, students should:


1.         Have a broad understanding of theories of organization.


2.         Be able to apply theoretical ideas to empirical case studies.


3.         Be able to explain the place of the creative industries in society and to explicate some of the difficulties or contradictions inherent in cultural organisations.



Module Content

The first part of the module presents the development of organizational theory from early in the century to today.  Each week we will discuss a case study of an organization.  The goal is to enrich your understanding of both organizational theory and real life organizations.  In this part of the module, we will consider case studies from various organisational types (for-profit, non-profit) and industries (e.g. retail, manufacturing, or education, in addition to cultural industries). Here, the module is designed to draw upon your experiences from your Placement, if you took one, or other work experience.  





The second part of the module looks more specifically at cultural organisations and industries, defined broadly as ranging from art galleries to software firms.  We will examine such issues as creativity, artistic freedom and profits, cultural industries and the quality of content, the production of culture, careers in the cultural industries, the non-profit form and funding of non-profit cultural organisations, cultural policy and government efforts to bolster the creative economy.



Methods of Teaching/Learning


Selected Texts/Journals

Crane D. (1992).  The Production of Culture. Sage.


Kunda G. (1992). Engineering Culture. Temple .


Martin J. (1992). Cultures in Organizations. Oxford .


Morgan G. (1986). Images of Organization. Sage.


Scott W. (2003). Organizations: Rational, Natural, and Open Systems, 5th edition. Prentice-





Last Updated

September 2010