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Sociology Ma, Organization Analysis, 7,5 Credits

General data

Code: SO005A
Subject/Main field: Sociologi
Cycle: Second cycle
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Humanities and Social Sciences
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Established: 9/30/2006
Date of change: 7/4/2013
Version valid from: 8/30/2013


The terms “organization” and “institution” are widely used in the social sciences.
The course aims at giving deeper knowledge regarding the treatment of these two concepts, and the relations between them, within different theoretical traditions.

Course objectives

After the course is completed, the student should show capacity to:
• give an account of different perspectives on institutions, including their origin, reproduction and disappearance, and the significance of organizations in these processes
• theoretically discuss and reflect on strong and weak points of different perspectives regarding their analyses of the relations between institutions and organizations
• independently apply theories of institutions and organizations in the analysis of a chosen research problem.


The course deals with the concepts of organization and institution, both being central within the social sciences, and the relations between them. The concept of institution is, though commonly used, theoretically underdeveloped, and it is used in a number of different ways. The concept of organization is more theoretically elaborated, but different theories take different positions regarding the significance of organizations for the emergence, reproduction and disappearance of institutions. The complex relations between the concepts are studied.

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree with a major (90 Credits) in a main field of study within the behavioural or social sciences.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

Teaching will take place as lectures and seminars.

Examination form

Examination will take the form of the writing of an individual examination memorandum with a choice of topic according to the student's interests, and active participation at seminars.

Grading system,

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Peters, B. Guy, Institutional Theory in Political Science: The "New Institutionalism" (2:a upplagan), London, Continuum, 2005

Scott, W. Richard, Institutions and Organizations. Ideas and Interests., Tousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications

Vetenskapliga artiklar, omfattande cirka 400 sidor, tillkommer.

Other information

Scientific articles, approximately 400 pages, will be added.