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Sociology Ba (A), Work, Organization and Society, 7,5 credits

General data

Code: SO076G
Subject/Main field: Sociologi
Cycle: First cycle
Progression: (A)
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: G1N - First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
Answerable department: Department of Social Sciences
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Established: 9/28/2007
Date of change: 9/29/2015
Version valid from: 1/11/2016


The aim of the course is to introduce sociological concepts relevant for organizational and work life studies and give the student analytical tools for problematizing social phenomena and situations. The course also provides knowledge on the ways sociology could be utilized in studies of work and organizations.

Course objectives

After the course, the student should show ability to:

- describe concepts and perspectives regarding theories about work, organization and society.
- discuss on a general level the role of work and organizations in society.
- problematize the role of organizations in processes of societal changes.


The course aims in an understanding of the role of work and organizations in society, with a theoretical base of modern sociology. The role of organizations in broad societal change will be in focus.

Selection rules and procedures

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

Teaching form

Instruction is in the form of lectures, seminars, and project work.

Examination form

Student are assessed via written assignments and seminars.

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

Author: Ahrne, Göran
Title: Social organizations. Interaction inside, outside and between organizations
Edition: Latest edition
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd

Author: Ritzer, George & Stepnisky, Jeff.
Title: Sociological Theory
Edition: Latest edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Comment: selected parts (according to instructions)

Author: Sennet, Richard
Title: The Culture of the New capitalism
Edition: Latest edition
Publisher: Yale University Press

Author: Vallas, Steven & Prener, Christoffer
Article title: Dualism, work polarization and the social construction of precarious work
Journal: Work and Occupations
Year/Volume/nr/pages: 2012/39/4/331-353

Author: Watson, Tony
Title: Sociology, Work and Organizations
Edition: Latest edition
Publisher: Routledge
Comment: selected parts (according to instructions)

Other information

This class is open only to exchange students of Mid Sweden’s partner universities and it is given in English.