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BUS3033 : Critical Organisation Studies

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The module aims to present a framework for critical thinking about organisational behaviour and practice. It introduces students to poststructuralist Critical Organisation Studies. The module seeks to explore the principal debates within the field, and their consequences for empirical research. It helps students to develop critical reflection as they progress through the module.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover key debates in Critical Organisation Studies on topics such as:

- Semiotics, sensemaking and organisational life
- Structure and poststructuralism
- Knowledge
- Power, a Foucauldian framework
- Ideology, resistance and feminism
- Self and identity

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Time for students to complete formative and summative coursework & assessments
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00PiP Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:303:00PiP Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture22:004:00PiP Lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading133:0033:00Estimated based on 3 hours per teaching week (not necessarily to do in that week)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00PiP Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study119:0019:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time40:302:00Drop-in Q&A Sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time11:001:00Pre-assessment clinic
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures explore various theoretical debates related to Critical Organisation Studies. The seminars provide students with opportunities to investigate the practical implications of the explored debates for contemporary management and organisations. Additional support will be provided through scheduled online contact time to enhance student learning.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1002,000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1Messay plan (linked to summative assessment Essay) - 400 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay assesses the students' depth of understanding of a particular topic presented in the module, drawing on further extensive independent research and reading. Such a mode of assessment will allow assessment of students’ ability to apply concepts underpinning philosophy and social theory to the study of organisations,to draw on the critical perspective developed in the module and to demonstrate a critical understanding of the main debates in the study of organisational behaviour.

Reading Lists