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Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Japan - International Christian University - 'International Christian Univ.', 'International Christian Univ. with Internship'
UC Course SubjectSociology
Number & Suffix: 154
Transcript Title: SOC OF ORGANIZATNS 
UC QTR Units - Division: 4.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: This course analyzes modern organizations, seeking propositions about organizational behavior. The course examines why organizations behave as they do, how the behaviors emerge from inside them, and how external forces influence formation, change, and retention of the behaviors. Since studies of organizations are fundamentally interdisciplinary, this course approaches organizations from sociological, social psychological, public policy, and psychological perspectives. For the same reason, examples covered in this course include organizations in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. At the end of this course, students will develop a view of modern organizations as an essential actor and interesting realization of collective behaviors in society. Learning Goals This course has three objectives. First, students are expected to understand scientific approach to study organizations. For example, what does it mean to study organizational behaviors in a scientific manner? What are objects of the study, in other words, organizational structure, performance, routines, or interactions among people and organizations? How is it possible to explain relationship between behavior of people and organizational behaviors? These questions go beyond knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods for sociological analysis. Second, students are expected to understand “self-organizing” aspects of organizations. Organizations are more than machines whose structures and rules repeatedly generate intended outcomes. Members interact with each other in organizational contexts, which in some cases results in unintended outcomes from plans and designs. In addition, organizations are influenced from temporal, geographical, and other environmental conditions. It is important for students to understand organizations as evolving and interactive actors with members and other organizations. Finally, students are expected to become able to explain problems caused by modern organizations in their own words. Regardless of career after graduation, students may encounter organizational problems because organizations are everywhere in modern life. It is essential for students to apply concepts that they learn in this course and explain organizational behaviors in real-life situations. Contents The class consists of lectures, movies, and discussions about topics of the week. The topics include, in a random order, - Science of organizational studies, including basic concepts; - Evolution of the field in modern history - Various approaches and theories of organizational studies, such as institutionalism, resource dependence, transaction cost economics, high-reliability organizations, organizational cognition, and behavioral theory of the firm; - Psychological and social psychological approaches to organizations, such as heuristics, prospect theory, escalation of commitment, impression management, team psychological safety, organizational silence, and psychological contract; - Organizational accidents; and - Problems of modern organizations, such as bureaucracy, innovation, principal-agent problem, social capital, and equity and justice. Language of Instruction Lecture: English Readings/Materials: English Tests/Quizzes/Assignments: English Discussions/Presentations/Other learning activities: English ---- Communication with the instructor: Mainly English, Japanese is allowed   Grading Policy Class Attendance (5%) and Class Participation (5%): Students are required to attend each class and actively participate in discussions. In the case of being unable to come to the class, send an e-mail to the lecturer in advance unless the reason is that you are sick. Four Pop-Up Quizzes (5%/quiz * 4 = 20%): Four pup-up quizzes are given on unspecified dates. Each quiz consists of five questions that cover contents of classes before the date. Group Presentation (30%): Students are required to make a group presentation about organizational problems. Details of the presentation, including how to form a group, will be explained in the class. Final Paper (40%): Each student is required to write a paper about the organizational problem in his/her group presentation. The paper should be in ten pages, double-spaced, 12 points in Times New Roman. If you want to write the paper in Japanese, contact the lecturer.   Expected study hour outside class 210 minutes per week.   References Materials distributed in the class.   Notes This course will be on Moodle.   Schedule 5/TH,6/TH,7/TH   Contact (Phone, E-mail, Office Hour) p002200s@icu.ac.jp 
Language of Instruction: English
Partner University Department: Sociology 
Partner University Course Number: SOC308E