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Sociology: Organization Theory and the Public Sector, 15 credits

SOCN07 Sociology: Organization Theory and the Public Sector (15 credits). Spring term. Second Cycle.
This course is offered as a second cycle single subject course in sociology. The course is also offered within the Master of Science Programme in Sociology.
Language of instruction: English

Elective course.

The course is divided into three sections:

  1. an introduction to public organizations;
  2. an examination of the key dimensions or organizing and managing; and
  3. the application of strategies for managing and improving public and non-profit organizations.


Woven throughout the course is a case-based approach to learning that seeks to bring organizational theory into contemporary practice. The course is based on a combination of lectures and seminars, involving both teachers and students.

The lectures have an interdisciplinary focus and students are encouraged to search, analyze and present literature themselves. Students will be paired with another student to engage in two team-based projects. The course concludes with a series of seminars in which the results of group projects (6 class groups) are presented, discussed and examined.

Group projects are designed around the “organizational universe” approach where half of the groups are responsible for selecting a public organization and the remaining groups a non-profit organization.


Find schedule, literature and syllabus on the website of the Department of Sociology.

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