SOC151 Syllabus

SOC151 Syllabus - Sociology 151 Formal Organizations Winter...

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Sociology 151: Formal Organizations Instructor: Shoon Lio Winter 2008 Office: Watkins Hall 1225 Lecture: MWF 3:10pm-4pm Office Hrs.: MW 10:30am-12pm LFSC 1500 E-mail: [email protected] Course Description: This course will introduce you to the core theoretical approaches to studying large, complex organizational settings. This course will examine a variety of formal organizations to understand the logic of organizational behavior in their social contexts. We will examine the linkages between individual experiences, organizations and institutions. We will pay special attention to how culture, emotions, identity and physical sites constitute organizational life. . Course Readings Course Reader for Sociology 151: Readings from this are marked with an asterisk (*) in the schedule of readings below. The course reader will be available on ilearn and on course reserves at Rivera Library. Handel, Michael. (ed.) 2003. The Sociology of Organizations: Classic, Contemporary, and Critical Readings . Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications. Fine, Gary Alan. 1996 . Kitchens: The Culture of Restaurant Work. Berkeley: University of California Press. Course Requirements 1. Two examinations —(Multiple choice, short answers and short essay). We will provide a study guide for each of the exams. Each exam is 20% of the class grade. Total = 40% of class grade 2. Research paper— 6 to 7 double-spaced typewritten pages (not including a works cited page) on a topic covered in this class. Students are encouraged to use electronic indices, such as Sociological Abstracts, to search for references. At least 6 academic references (refereed journal articles, monographs, etc) are required in the paper. Research papers must follow the American Sociological Association Style Guide (available on ilearn) . The research paper is worth 15% of the class grade. 3. Three Critical Reviews —Critical reviews are due at the beginning of discussion. This assignment is designed to give students the opportunity to engage in a more in-depth analysis of the class readings. The critical reviews must be between two and three pages (double-spaced and typewritten). To earn full credit, the critical reviews should summarize the main points of all the readings for that week and you must synthesize the week’s readings with class materials from previous weeks (i.e. readings, lectures, movies, etc). Students are expected to critically engage with the substance of the readings. The critical reviews are worth 15% of the class grade. 4. Discussion section —Discussion participation is worth 10% of the class grade. 5. Final Exam: The final exam is worth 20% of the class grade 1
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