Sociology | Sociology, The Economy, Organizations & Work
S210 | 3660 | Robert Althauser
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 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
To provide a continuing basis for managing the career of your
To enhance the knowledge and skills necessary for life-long learning
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 semester.
The course Web page is found at http://www.indiana.edu/~rpasoc/s210/
Readings previously assigned (and subject to change - check back in
Charles Handy, GODS OF MANAGEMENT
Gareth Morgan, CREATIVE ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY
Hodson/Sullivan, SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS OF WORK