Fall 2020  |  SOC 3411W Section 001: Organizations and Society (17192)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/08/2020 - 12/16/2020
Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
Off Campus
Enrollment Status:
Open (25 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course introduces undergraduates to contemporary theories and debates about formal organizations in an international context, including such forms as large corporations, small businesses, public bureaucracies, nonprofits, voluntary associations, social movement organizations, terrorist networks and counterterror organizations. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?tvanheuv+SOC3411W+Fall2020
Class Description:
This course introduces central theories and debates about formal organizations. Much of modern life occurs within organizations and involves interacting with a wide variety of complex, interconnecting organizations. Many of us were born inside an organization, you are pursuing your education inside an organization, many will work inside organizations, and most of us will end our lives in, and be buried by, organizations. We work hard and craft expressions of our self-identity to gain access to some organizations (e.g. Greek communities, medical school) and we conform our behavior to avoid others (e.g. prison).

In this course, we will think analytically about the key features of organizations, and the reciprocal relationships between organizational features and individual behaviors. We will address the origins of organizations, why society has organizations, how authority and compliance are maintained within organizations, the nature of their success and failure, and the relationship between individuals, organizations, and society.

Class Format:
A mixture of lecture and discussion
40-70 pages of reading a week.
3 papers.
3 quizzes.
Expectations to revise paper drafts and provide feedback on peer drafts.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
24 April 2020

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