SOCIOLOGY OF ORGANIZATIONS

Sociologia SOCIOLOGY OF ORGANIZATIONS

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DIPARTIMENTO DI STUDI POLITICI E SOCIALI
EQF6
SOCIOLOGY
2016/2017



OBBLIGATORIO
YEAR OF COURSE 3
YEAR OF DIDACTIC SYSTEM 2011
SECONDO SEMESTRE
CFUHOURSACTIVITY
960LESSONS
Objectives
THIS COURSE AIMS AT GIVING STUDENTS THE MAIN THEORETICAL AND METHODOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE ABOUT ORGANIZATIONS. THE COURSE IS COMPOSED BY 60 HOURS FOR STUDENTS OF SOCIOLOGY AND 40 HOURS FOR THE ONES OF SCIENCES OF ADMINISTRATION AND ORGANIZATIONS (SAO).
THE COURSE ASPIRES TO GIVE STUDENTS A DEEP KNOWLEDGE NECESSARY TO UNDERSTAND HOW ORGANIZATIONS OPERATE AND TO ANALYSE THEM EMPIRICALLY, APPLYING IN COMPLETE AUTONOMY AND CRITICALLY THE LEARNED THEORIES AND METHODOLOGIES. DURING THE LECTURES STUDENTS WILL BE ENCOURAGED TO IMPROVE THEIR CAPACITY TO COMMUNICATE SCIENTIFIC CONTENTS BY DISCUSSIONS ON ORGANIZATIONAL ISSUES AND EMPIRICAL CASES.
THE COURSE WILL STIMULATE STUDENTS’ LEARNING SKILLS THROUGH THE READING OF NOT ONLY HANDBOOKS BUT ALSO TEXTS WRITTEN BY ORGANIZATIONAL SCHOLARS AND THROUGH THE CRITICAL DISCUSSION ON THESE CONTENTS.
AT THE END OF THE COURSE STUDENTS SHOULD ACHIEVE AN IN DEPTH KNOWLEDGE OF THE MAIN THEORETICAL AND METHODOLOGIC APPROACHES; THEY SHOULD ALSO BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND SCIENTIFIC PAPERS AND MONOGRAPHS ON ORGANIZATIONS AND COMPARE DIFFERENT THEORIES ON SPECIFIC ORGANIZATIONAL ISSUES.
Prerequisites
STUDENTS SHOULD ALREADY HAVE STRENGTHENED SOCIOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE, IN GENERAL SOCIOLOGY (SOCIOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGICAL THEORIES) AND IN METHODOLOGY (METHODOLOGY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES). IT SHOULD BE USEFUL TO HAVE GOOD KNOWLEDGE IN ECONOMIC AND LABOUR SOCIOLOGY (INDUSTRIAL, ECONOMIC AND LABOUR SOCIOLOGY) .
Contents
THIS COURSE IS COMPOSED BY A FIRST PART OF 42 HOURS (7 WEEKS), SHARED BY STUDENTS OF THE TWO DEGREE COURSE, SOCIOLOGY AND SCIENCE OF ADMINISTRATION AND ORGANIZATION, AND A SECOND PART OF 18 HOURS (3 WEEKS) DEDICATED TO SOME SPECIFIC THEMES.
THE FIRST PART OF THE COURSE CONCERNS THE CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY ORGANIZATIONAL THEORIES. THIS PART CONSIDERS BOTH THE MAIN THEORETICAL APPROACHES AND SOME SPECIFIC ORGANIZATIONAL ASPECTS, SETTINGS AND ISSUES, AS POWER RELATIONS, TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE.
THE LAST 18 HOURS ARE DEDICATED TO IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS OF SOME ISSUE, AS GENDER INEQUALITIES, NEW FORMS OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION MANAGEMENT, ALTERNATIVE DEMOCRATIC MANAGEMENT PATTERNS.
Teaching Methods
THE FIRST PART OF THE COURSE IS ORGANIZED WITH FRONTAL LECTURING, BUT STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE AND DEBATE ON THE THEORETICAL ISSUES, STIMULATED BY THE WEEKLY ONLINE EXERCISES.
THE SECOND PART IS ORGANIZED WITH SEMINAR ACTIVITIES IN ORDER TO DEVELOP SCIENTIFIC CONTENTS AND TO STIMULATE STUDENTS’ PARTICIPATION AND LEARNING ABILITY: STUDENTS SHOULD READ SCIENTIFIC TEXTS AND DISCUSS.
THE ATTENDEES ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND LESSONS, TO CARRY ONLINE EXERCISES OUT AT THE END OF EACH WEEK OF THE FIRST PART OF THE COURSE AND TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE TO THE SEMINAR DISCUSSIONS DURING THE SECOND PART.
THEORETICAL AND METHODOLOGICAL TOPICS ENABLE STUDENT TO REACH A COMPREHENSIVE GRASP OF ORGANIZATIONAL STUDIES.
Verification of learning
THE LEARNING PROCESS WILL BE VERIFIED IN GENERAL WITH AN ORAL EXAM CONCERNING THE MAIN HANDBOOK ON THE HISTORY OF ORGANIZATIONAL THEORIES INDICATED IN THE BIBLIOGRAPHY. THIS TEXT ALLOWS TO ACHIEVE 5 CFU (SCIENCE OF ADMINISTRATION AND ORGANIZATION), WHEREAS ANOTHER TEXT IS REQUIRED TO OBTAIN 9 CFU (SOCIOLOGY). THE EXAM AIMS AT VERIFYING THE STUDENTS’ ABILITY TO EXPLAIN THE MAIN THEORETICAL APPROACHES AND TO DISCUSS ON COURSE’S CONTENTS.
AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE ORAL EXAM, THE ATTENDEES CAN PARTICIPATE TO THE MID-TERM WRITTEN EXAM, AIMING AT VERIFYING THE BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF ORGANISATIONAL THEORIES. THE EVALUATION IS INTEGRATED BY THE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION TO THE SEMINAR ACTIVITIES DURING THE SECOND PART OF THE COURSE.
THE EVALUATION OF STUDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE IS BASED ON THEIR CAPABILITY TO ELABORATE IN AUTONOMY THE THEORETICAL CONTENTS ILLUSTRATED DURING THE COURSE OR THROUGH TEXTS READING, MAKING ALSO EMPIRICAL EXAMPLES, AND ON THEIR ABILITY TO COMPARE DIFFERENT THEORIES ON SPECIFIC ORGANIZATIONAL ISSUES.
Texts
THE SYLLABUS IS DIFFERENTIATED BETWEEN COURSE ATTENDEES AND NOT ATTENDEES.
FOR ATTENDEES
BONAZZI G. (2010) COME STUDIARE LE ORGANIZZAZIONI, IL MULINO.
TEXTS TO BE READ FOR SEMINAR DISCUSSIONS WILL BE COMMUNICATED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE COURSE.

FOR NOT ATTENDEES
THE MAIN TEXT IS THE HANDBOOK BONAZZI G. (2008) STORIA DEL PENSIERO ORGANIZZATIVO, FRANCO ANGELI.
STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO STUDY THIS HANDBOOK (DEGREE IN SCIENCE OF ADMINISTRATION AND ORGANIZATION, 5 CFU) AND ONE AMONG THE FOLLOWING TEXTS (DEGREE IN SOCIOLOGY, 9 CFU) – OTHER TEXTS COULD BE ADDED AND COMMUNICATED BEFORE THE COURSE START:
GHERARDI S. (1998) IL GENERE E LE ORGANIZZAZIONI. IL SIMBOLISMO DEL FEMMINILE E DEL MASCHILE NELLA VITA ORGANIZZATIVA, R. CORTINA, MILANO.
BUTERA F.(2012) IL CAMBIAMENTO ORGANIZZATIVO. ANALISI E PROGETTAZIONE, LATERZA, BARI (ESCLUSI CAPP. 1-2).
SIGNORETTI A. (2014) FABBRICHE GLOBALI. UN CONFRONTO FRA TORINO E DETROIT, IL MULINO
SETTIS B. (2016) FORDISMI. STORIA POLITICA DELLA PRODUZIONE DI MASSA, IL MULINO.
More Information
THE COURSE IS COMPOSED BY 60 HOURS FOR STUDENTS OF SOCIOLOGY AND 40 HOURS FOR THE ONES OF SCIENCES OF ADMINISTRATION AND ORGANIZATIONS (SAO).

OFFICE HOURS: WEDNESDAYS AT 10:30 – 13:00 DURING THE COURSE; BY APPOINTMENT ON TUESDAY OR WEDNESDAY IN THE OTHER PERIODS.
FOR ANY QUESTION ABOUT THE INCOMING COURSE AND ABOUT EXAMS, PLEASE CONTACT ME: GCAVALCA@UNISA.IT
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