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BUS3033 : Critical Organisation Studies

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module builds upon and develops ideas introduced in the BUS2019 module Understanding Work and Organisations. In it a number of topics are considered which together present a framework for thinking about organisational behaviour which rejects the traditional approach as inadequate, full of failings and "stuck in a kind of time warp" (Jackson & Carter, 2007, page 3). Contemporary social theory is applied to the study of organisational behaviour with the aim of "developing an understanding of this important arena of human activity" and developing a 'post-structuralist' framework to better understand the "complexity of human behaviour in organisational settings".

The module aims:
1. To introduce students to the latest research in Critical Organisation Studies.
2. To explore the principle debates within the field, and their consequences for empirical research.
3. To engage with some of the distinctive management, policy and political issues arising from Critical Organisation Studies.
4. To encourage active personal critical reflection by students as they progress through the module.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Introduction
2. Semiotics
3. Structure
4. Knowlege
5. Power
6. Rationality
7. Ideology
8. Self
9. Boundary
10. Efficiency
11. Decision-making
12. Conclusion & review
13. Summary

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion127:0027:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture52:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading127:0027:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Assessment guidance surgery
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study127:0027:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The participative lectures will present and develop various perspectives on Critical Organisation Studies and the distinctive management issues arising therein.

Students are expected to develop their understanding of these through further reading, research and personal reflection.

Group sessions to explore cases on structure, knowledge and power inter-relationships.

Surgeries for 1-1, small group assessment guidance.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1003,000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The journal/report will assess the students' understanding of the key concepts and issues presented in the module, and, if applicable, their ability to apply this understanding to a practical example.

Reading Lists