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Course Code: SOCI312 Course ID: 4787 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course examines the nature of formal organizations in society. Organizations are a distinct form of modern society and human interaction. They shape us as individuals, and they affect the structure of society. Students will explore key organizational sociological literature and apply it to practical case studies in areas such as fast food, the military, politics, religion, education, and social movements, their structures and outcomes. Key substantive areas of analysis will include organizational processes, such as power, leadership and change, and organizational environments and inter-organizational relationships.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

CO1: Compare and contrast different forms of formal organization.
CO2: Analyze structural inequalities in formal organizations.
CO3: Examine organizations at the micro-level of analysis.
CO4: Examine organizations at the macro-level analysis.
CO5: Deconstruct organizational deviance.
CO6: Apply different organizational sociology theories to case studies.
CO7: Evaluate alternatives to current forms of organization.


Participation in classroom dialogue on threaded Discussions is required some weeks of class. Initial Discussion posts are due Thursdays, peer responses are due Sundays. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Discussions tab in our classroom.

This course includes Assignments. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Assignments tab in our classroom.

Extra Credit:

Extra credit is not offered in this course.

Other required readings:

Week 1

Meyer & Bromley, The worldwide expansion of organization

Scott, Reflections on a Half-Century of Organizational Sociology

Week 2

Merton, "Durkheim's "Division of Labor in Society" ": A Sexagenarian Postscript

Wright, The shadow of exploitation in Weber's class analysis

Week 3

Manley, Negotiating Quality: Total Quality Management and the complexities of transforming professional organizations

Week 4

Hallett, The myth incarnate: Recoupling processes, turmoil, and inhabited institutions in an urban elementary school

Morrill, Culture and organization theory

Week 5

Castilla, Gender, race, and meritocracy in organizational careers

Roberts et al., Decision dynamics in two high reliability military organizations

Week 6

Freeman & Audia, Community ecology and the sociology of organizations.

Renzulli, Organizational environments and the emergence of charter schools in the United States.

Week 7

MacIndoe, Reinforcing the safety net: Explaining the propensity for and intensity of nonprofit-local government collaboration

Week 8

Haveman, The future of organizational sociology: Forging ties among paradigms.

Perrow, An organizational analysis of organizational theory

Rojas, Social movement tactics, organizational change and the spread of African-American studies

Book Title:Organizational Behavior: Integrating Individuals, Groups, and Organizations 5th Ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Routledge Lib
Author:Joseph E. Champoux
Unit Cost:$193.76
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.