Sociology | The Economy, Organizations & Work
S210 | 4097 | Althauser

This is a sophomore level class which focuses on organizations, the
workplace and economic activity, as understood by sociologists.  The
changing nature of the jobs we do and the organizations we work in,
and the increasingly global character of our economy are topics
addressed by this course.  The course is designed for students
seeking a foundation for life-long learning about a variety of issues
that greatly
affect the careers and satisfaction of American workers.

The goals of this course are:

	*	To enhance your understanding of the three basic
concepts contained in the course title.
	*	To enhance your appreciation for the way in which
work is embedded in organizations and the way in which both are
embedded in underlying economic systems.
	*	To provide a continuing basis for managing the career
of your choosing.
	*	To enhance the knowledge and skills necessary for
life-long learning about EOW.

Unusual features of this course:
Learning groups in-class
Web-based learning tools out of class
More in-class discussion than usual.	
Focus on analyzing cases
Keeping up with assignments critical
Real-world applications
Emphasis on active learning.

Readings will be drawn from selected monographs of workplaces and a
reader filled with interesting articles on organizations and work.
Learning activities will include in-class writing and group work.
There are weekly quizzes on the readings done on the Web, three in-
class exams spread out across the semester, and a final exercise
consisting of an 'organizational profile' paper that can be prepared
ahead of time.

The course Web page is found at

Readings previously assigned (and subject to change - check back in


Gareth Morgan, CREATIVE ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY  (short case studies)