Sociology | The Economy, Organizations and Work
S210 | 3857 | Althauser
S210 The Economy, Organizations and Work (3 CR)
3857 4:00-5:15 MW BH 204
This is a sophomore level, introductory 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
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
* To enhance the knowledge and skills necessary for life-long
learning about EOW.
Unusual features of this course:
PRACTICAL and THEORETICAL
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
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 several quizzes spread out across
The course Web page is found at
Readings previously assigned (and subject to change - check
back in mid-summer)
Gareth Morgan, IMAGES OF ORGANIZATION.
Gareth Morgan, CREATIVE ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY (short case
Amy Wharton, WORKING IN AMERICA